October 16, 2021

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Piri Piri Chicken Bowls [Rice + Beans + Spicy Sauce]

These Piri Piri Chicken Bowls are packed with flavor and spice with a base of rice and beans, roasted plantains, the ultimate piri piri chicken and of course, a spicy sauce! Put everything in a bowl to ensure the best flavor with every bite.

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These piri piri chicken bowls are no exception. Yes, dinner will require a few extra steps, but trust me when I tell you it’s worth it. The plantains are roasted to perfection and the spicy sauce does it all! You do not believe me? Try it yourself!

What is Piri Piri Chicken?

Piri Piri chicken is a chicken marinated in a piri piri sauce. Piri Piri sauce is also sometimes called Peri Peri sauce. Both are correct. Piri Piri sauce is a traditional African spicy sauce that also made its way to Portugal, so it is often synonymous with Portuguese cuisine. However, its origins are really in African countries and typically use a combination of African Bird’s Eye chili peppers, lemon, oil, and paprika.

These piri piri chicken bowls are my take on piri piri sauce and should not be construed as an authentic version of the recipe.

Ingredients you need:

These piri piri chicken bowls consist of 4 parts: the marinated chicken, the roasted plantains, the rice and beans and of course, the spicy sauce. Here is what you need:

FOR THE CHICKEN:

  • Chicken breasts – buy boneless + skinless and chop into bite-sized pieces
  • Cloves of garlic
  • Red peppers – traditionally you have to use red peppers, but you can also use serrano pepper or other red pepper. Just be sure to seed it if you don’t like it super spicy.
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Paprika + Salt

FOR THE BOWLS:

  • Rice – choose the type you want. You can use brown or white. Simply adjust your cooking time depending on the type of rice.
  • Black beans
  • Plantain – be sure to buy a more ripe, yellower plantain. Most grocery stores sell plantains near bananas.
  • Olive oil + salt

FOR THE SPICY GREEN SAUCE:

  • Olive oil
  • Shallot – try to find one on the smaller side otherwise it can be a bit overwhelming
  • Red peppers – traditionally you have to use red peppers, but you can also use serrano pepper or other red pepper. Just be sure to seed it if you don’t like it super spicy.
  • Fresh coriander – you can include the rods!
  • Lime juice
  • Cumin + Salt
  • The water

How to make piri piri chicken bowls

STEP 1: In a large bowl, toss the chicken breast pieces with the garlic cloves, allspice, lemon, olive oil, paprika and salt. Marinate for 20 minutes (or overnight in the refrigerator).

2ND STEP: Prepare the rice according to the instructions on the package. When the rice is cooked, stir the black beans directly in the pot to combine.

STEP 3: Preheat to 400 degrees F. Place the sliced ​​plantains on a lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the plantains from the oven and using a mallet or the base of a mug, mash the plantains so they flatten.

STEP 4: Move the flattened plantains to one side of the pan and add the marinated chicken to the other side. Bake for 15 minutes. Increase heat to broil and broil chicken and plantains for 2 to 3 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and set aside.

STEP 5: Add all the ingredients for the sauce in a blender and mix until well combined.

STEP 6: Plate your piri piri chicken bowls by adding the rice and bean mixture to a shallow bowl and garnish with roasted plantain and chicken. Drizzle with the spicy sauce.

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Piri Piri Chicken Bowls

These Piri Piri Chicken Bowls are packed with flavor and spice with a base of rice and beans, roasted plantains, the ultimate piri piri chicken and of course, a spicy sauce! Put everything in a bowl to ensure the best flavor with every bite.

  • Author: Davida lederle
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1X
  • Category: Having dinner
  • Method: Roast
  • Cooked: Portuguese
  • Diet: Gluten free

For the piri piri chicken:

  • 1.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 bird’s eye pepper (or serrano pepper), finely chopped *
  • juice, 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

For the bowls:

  • 1 cup dry rice (white or brown)
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large yellow plantain, peeled and sliced ​​diagonally
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

For the spicy green sauce:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bird’s eye pepper (or serrano pepper), coarsely chopped *
  • 1 bunch of fresh coriander, stems included
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup the water

* seed the peppers to reduce the spices or keep them to increase the spices

  1. In a large bowl, toss the chicken breast pieces with the garlic cloves, allspice, lemon, olive oil, paprika and salt. Marinate for 20 minutes (or overnight in the refrigerator).
  2. Prepare the rice according to the directions on the package. When the rice is cooked, stir the black beans directly in the pot to combine.
  3. Preheat to 400 degrees F.
  4. Place the sliced ​​plantains on a lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove the plantains from the oven and using a mallet or the base of a mug, mash the plantains so they flatten (see image above).
  6. Move the flattened plantains to one side of the pan and add the marinated chicken to the other side.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Increase heat to broil and broil chicken and plantains for 2 to 3 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  8. Add all the ingredients for the sauce in a blender and mix until well combined.
  9. To Plate: Add rice and bean mixture to shallow bowl and top with roasted plantain and chicken. Drizzle with the spicy sauce.
  10. Store ingredients separately for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Keywords: Piri piri chicken, piri piri chicken bowls, roasted plantains

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