Peri Grilled Chicken

by Leena Kohli (@leenakohli)
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Savor the bold, spicy flavours of our peri-grilled chicken. Perfectly grilled to juicy perfection and packed with fiery heat, this dish is sure to satisfy your craving for something spicy and delicious.


2 Servings
  • 2
    Whole Chicken Legs
  • 3/4cup
  • 1 1/2tbsp
    Lemon Juice
  • 1tbsp
    White Vinegar
  • 4tbsp
  • 1tsp
    Garlic Paste
  • 2tbsp
    Peri peri Seasoning
  • 3/4tsp
    Red Chilli Powder (as per taste)
  • 1/2tsp
    Salt (as per taste)
  • 1
    Onion (medium-sized) (Sliced/in rings)
  • 1
    Capsicum (small) (Cubed/sliced)
  • 1
    Coal Piece (to smoke the chicken)


  1. Rinse the chicken whole legs under cold running water and pat them dry with a paper towel.

  2. Use a sharp knife to make 4-5 slits on the chicken's whole legs.

  3. Mix curd, lemon juice, vinegar, 1 tbsp of oil, garlic paste, peri seasoning, red chilli powder, and salt in a small bowl.

  4. Place the chicken in a shallow dish bowl and pour the peri mixture over them. Use your hands to coat the chicken in the sauce evenly.

  5. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.

  6. Burn a small piece of charcoal till red hot. Place a small bowl in the centre of the marinated chicken and place the coal on it. Pour ½ tsp oil and close with a lid immediately and let it smoke for 10-15 minutes.

  7. Place a grill pan on high heat. When hot, pour and brush 1 tbsp of oil to the grill pan.

  8. Reduce the heat from low to medium and gently place the marinated chicken and press down gently to help them make contact with the pan. Cook for 10-15 minutes.

  9. Until then marinate onion rings with the left marinade in the bowl and keep it aside.

  10. Dab little oil on the chicken and flip it to the other side and cook for another 8-10 minutes. Keep flipping the chicken and cook through all sides until golden and charred from both sides. (Insert a toothpick to check if the chicken is done. The toothpick should slide in easily without any pressure).

    Peri-Grilled-Chicken-Charred-And Slightly-Golden-Chicken-Whole-Legs-On-Grill-Pan.jpg
  11. Transfer the grilled chicken to a plate.

  12. Add 1 tsp of oil to the pan and add the onions rings and stir for 2-3 minutes on high heat.

  13. Add the capsicum and toss them together for 3-4 minutes.

    Peri-Grilled-Chicken-Sauteed-Onion-Rings-And-Capsicum-on Grill-Pan.jpg
  14. Place the grilled chicken in the pan and toss them together for 1-2 minutes.

  15. Turn off the flame.

  16. Serve hot with rice and dips.

Tips & Tricks

  1. You can steam the chicken for 4-5 minutes before marinating the chicken. It will reduce cooking time.

  2. To add some extra flavor to the chicken legs, you can baste them with a mixture of melted butter and your favorite sauce during the last few minutes of grilling.

  3. ou can also cut chicken legs from the thigh, marinate, and then grill them.

  4. You can add or reduce the seasonings as per taste.

Leena Kohli
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