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Piri Piri Chicken with Slaw

Piri Piri Chicken with Slaw
PREP TIME
20 min
COOK TIME
12 min
YIELDS
4 servings

Piri piri is a Portuguese sauce that combines garlic, chiles, red wine vinegar, and oil. While I like things spicy, the level of heat in this pureed sauce can be adjusted if you like; just use fewer Thai chiles for a milder ride. But do keep in mind that the accompanying slaw and flatbreads help to offset the heat. The slaw is also a great side dish for seafood and other meats—try it with Maple-Glazed Planked Salmon or sausages.

Excerpted from Good Food, Good Life.  Copyright © 2015 Curtis Stone.  Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Random House of Canada Limited a Penguin Random House Company. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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Ingredients

Chicken

6
large red Fresno chiles (about 5 oz), coarsely chopped
4
red Thai chiles, stemmed
5
cloves garlic
¼
cup red wine vinegar
2 ½
tsp kosher salt
cup olive oil
1
lb(s) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2 to 3 pieces each
bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 1 hour, or metal skewers

Slaw

¼
small head green cabbage, very thinly sliced (about 2 ½ cups)
¼
English (hothouse) cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
¼
white onion, very thinly sliced
¼
cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
1
Tbsp finely grated lime zest
2
Tbsp fresh lime juice
2
Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt
Grilled Flatbreads with Garlic-Rosemary Oil or 4 purchased naan
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Directions

Step 1

To prepare the piri piri chicken, in a food processor, blend the chiles, garlic, vinegar, and salt until smooth. With the machine running, gradually add the oil.

Step 2

In a large bowl, toss the chicken with ⅔ cup of the piri piri mixture to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, and up to 1 day. Refrigerate the remaining piri piri sauce.

Step 3

Prepare a grill for high heat. Thread the chicken pieces onto skewers. Grill the skewers, turning frequently and basting with ⅓ cup of the remaining piri piri sauce, for about 12 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and charred in spots.

Step 4

Note: The chicken can be marinated for up to 1 day.

Step 5

Meanwhile, to make the slaw, in a large bowl, combine the cabbage, cucumber, onion, and mint. In a small bowl, whisk the lime zest and juice with the oil to blend. Toss the cabbage mixture with enough dressing to coat. Season to taste with salt.

Step 6

To serve, divide the chicken skewers, slaw, and flatbreads among four plates. Serve the remaining piri piri sauce alongside.

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