Peri peri marinade

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This thigh was baked – we’re thinking BBQ next time

Overview
Next on my cloning list was Nando’s peri-peri chicken. I looked around online, but the ingredients lists proved more useful. The general consensus online is that these should be barbecued, or at least charred in a pan before baking. Me? I’m too lazy so I just bake them.

This is a work in progress – will be updated with each iteration until I’m happy with it.

This makes enough for 8-10 chicken thighs. Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge.

With the leftover marinade, boiled and finished with Greek yoghurt to cool it a bit

Time
5-10 minutes, depending on how organised your spice storage system is!

Ingredients: Marinade
4 TB olive oil
1 single-clove garlic or 4 cloves of regular garlic
1 TB onion powder
Zest and juice of one lemon (Half a lemon? Just the juice?)
1 ts mustard powder (increase to 2??)
2 ts umami salt
1 ts nutritional yeast
¼ ts black pepper
1 ts sweet paprika
1 ts smoky paprika
2 ts dried oregano
1 TB dried parsley
¼ ts dried rosemary
1 TB vinegar powder
4 TB brown sugar
1 ts peri-peri powder
1 ts cayenne pepper
1 ts sriracha
(Add apple cider vinegar??)

Ingredients: Chicken
8-10 chicken thighs

Equipment
Thermomix, blender or immersion blender

Method
Preheat oven to 190° C

1 – Blitz all of the marinade ingredients for 15 seconds at speed 8 or until well combined

2 – Using a non-metallic bowl, marinate chicken in the marinade for 30-60 minutes. Turn every now and then to ensure they are well coated.

3 – Arrange on a lined baking tray (rinse off first if cooking for my youngest kid!… or just leave one plain!) and bake for 30 minutes.

Tip: Turn the leftover marinade into a kicky sauce by boiling it for 2 minutes, then adding 1 ts of corn starch dissolved in 100ml of water, then heated until thickened. Alternatively, use sour cream or yoghurt – 1 or 2 TB will do the trick and counter the heat in the sauce a bit.