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21 September 2018

A recipe for flavorful chicken legs smothered in a homemade peri peri chili sauce then baked and served with extra sauce. A quick and easy weeknight meal. They’re great grilled, too!

I had a crazy hankering for peri peri sauce for some reason – does that ever happen to you? – and I ran across a pack of chicken legs at the grocery store that were on sale, so as the story typically goes…

BOOM!

Peri Peri Chicken Legs it is!

If you’ve never enjoyed Peri Peri Chicken, it’s definitely a treat, especially with chicken legs. I love the leg part of the chicken. They’re always tender and juicy, and they’re pretty darned easy to cook.

I like easy. I’m sure you do too!

Peri Peri Chicken Legs - Plated and ready to eat

There isn’t much work involved, just some mixing of the sauce and baking. I’ll often whip together a sauce like this in the morning and marinate the chicken through the day.

When I’m ready to cook, I’ll just toss the chicken into the oven and let it do it’s thing. Easy weeknight meal!

Or hey, good for the weekend, too. They’re also good for game day gatherings. Instead of chicken wings, try these chicken legs instead. Watch them disappear.

Check out some of my other Game Day Recipes.

About the Peri Peri Sauce

Peri Peri Sauce is a traditional African sauce made from African Bird’s Eye chilies. No worries if you don’t have access to African Bird’s Eye chili peppers. It isn’t like everyone has them laying around, right?

If you haven’t grown them or can’t find them, use any red peppers of your choice. So yes, you CAN make this with bell peppers just as easily as you can make these with the hottest peppers in the world. Carolina Reaper peri peri sauce, anyone?

Ouch! THAT would be crazy spicy. But to each his or her own!

At it’s core, peri peri sauce is a mix of chili peppers and garlic processed with certain seasonings and olive oil. The oil emulsifies the sauce a bit, adding a bit of airiness to the final sauce. Great stuff, truly.

It also goes by the names “Piri Piri”or “Pili Pili”. Just an FYI.

Learn more about Peri Peri Sauce (including a recipe) here.

Let’s talk about how we make these peri peri chicken legs, shall we?

Making Peri Peri Chicken Legs – The Recipe Method

First, pat the chicken legs dry and rub them down with the paprika, garlic, and salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.

Heat your oven to 400 degrees F.

For the peri peri sauce, add the peppers, garlic, paprika, cilantro and basil to a food processor. Process until well mixed.

Peri Peri Sauce in a Mixer

Drizzle in the olive oil while continuing to process until the mixture thickens up.

Peri Peri Sauce in a blender, adding olive oil

Stir in the lemon juice and adjust for salt.

Looks good, doesn’t it? I love this sauce.

Peri Peri Sauce in a bowl

Use half of the peri peri sauce to cover the chicken. Toss them together to get the chicken legs nicely coated.

You can cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour at this point if you’d like more developed flavor.

Peri Peri Chicken Legs - Marinating

Bake the chicken for 35-40 minutes, or until they are nicely cooked through. They should measure 165 degrees F internally.

Remove from the oven and toss in the remaining peri peri sauce.

Sprinkle with fresh herbs and spicy chili flakes. Serve!

Makes 6 legs, so get eating! That’s it, my friends! Peri Peri Chicken Legs. I hope you enjoy them.

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Peri Peri Chicken Legs - On a plate with extra peri peri sauce on the side

If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Peri Peri Chicken Legs – Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
A recipe for flavorful chicken legs smothered in a homemade peri peri chili sauce then baked and served with extra sauce. A quick and easy weeknight meal. They're great grilled, too!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken legs, peri peri, spicy
Servings: 6 chicken legs
Calories: 498 kcal
Ingredients
  • 6 chicken legs
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
FOR THE PERI PERI SAUCE
  • pound  red chilies chopped – African Bird’s Eye peppers are traditional, but you can sub with red peppers available to you
  • cloves  garlic chopped
  • teaspoon  smoked paprika you can sub in other chili powders
  • 1/2  cup  chopped cilantro
  • 1/4  cup  chopped basil
  • 1/2  cup  olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • FOR SERVING: Chopped parsley, spicy chili flakes
Instructions
  1. Pat the chicken legs dry and rub them down with the paprika, garlic, and salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.
  2. Heat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. For the peri peri sauce, add the peppers, garlic, paprika, cilantro and basil to a food processor. Process until well mixed.
  4. Drizzle in the olive oil while continuing to process until the mixture thickens up.
  5. Stir in the lemon juice and adjust for salt.
  6. Use half of the peri peri sauce to cover the chicken. Toss them together to get the chicken legs nicely coated. You can cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour at this point if you’d like more developed flavor.
  7. Bake the chicken for 35-40 minutes, or until they are nicely cooked through. They should measure 165 degrees F internally.
  8. Remove from the oven and toss in the remaining peri peri sauce.
  9. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and spicy chili flakes. Serve!
Recipe Notes

NOTES: If you’d like a more developed peri peri flavor, cover the chicken and set it into the fridge once you’ve coated them with the first round of peri peri sauce. You can also marinate it this way overnight.

The peri peri sauce yields about 2 cups.

Heat Factor: Medium, though the heat and spic levels will vary based on the peppers you choose.

Nutrition Facts
Peri Peri Chicken Legs – Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 498 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 63%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 127mg 5%
Potassium 697mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 73.4%
Vitamin C 140.8%
Calcium 5.7%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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