These marinated whole chickens in a home-made peri-peri sauce, are perfect for braaing, alternatively roast in a very hot oven. Adjust the heat, by the number of chillies you add.


2 x 1,2 to 1,5kg chickens

Salt and pepper
200g soft butter
4-10 small whole peri-peri dried chillies, crushed
±2T lemon juice
8 cloves garlic, minced
2t paprika
2T olive oil
2t chicken stock powder

  1. Clean chickens and spatchcock, by cutting them down the spine, then opening and pressing them to flatten. Slit through the thick parts of the chicken, especially the breasts and legs. This allows the marinade to penetrate and to cook more evenly.


  1. Make a paste with the ingredients and rub over the inside and outside of the chicken. Allow the chicken to marinate for ±2 hours, or overnight in the fridge.
  2. If roasting in the oven, then preheat 220°C.
  3. Roast (or braai), for ±45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes, and basting the chicken with the paste every time it is turned.
  4. Cut into pieces and serve with potatoes and a salad.

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