PIRIR PIRI CHICKEN SKEWERS

2 Jul

pp45

 

PIRI PIRI  is pronounced piri piri and rhymes with   cheery  ,   teary  , beery  , deary and theory . But  wait I’ll stop before this gets weary ,  dearie   .  

So what is this you might wonder ? I did and had to look it up .

Piri piri  –  PIR-ree-PIR-ree also spelled peri peri, pili pili),  also called African bird’s eye chili, is a cultivar of Capsicum frutescens , one of the sources of chili pepper  that grows both wild and domestic

 

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You say “piri piiri”  .   I say ‘pili pili,’   just as the chile pepper was called by the Swahili.  Not the ethnically diverse African people who speak the Swahili language, but the Swahili people who have inhabited the eastern coast of Africa below the Equator for over a thousand years.

Not to be confused with the Capsicum baccatum pepper   the Bishops Crown

 

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or the Kenyan musician, Pilipili , who might be hot …..somewhere…….to someone  …..    phil

Peppers originated in the Americas, and they were spread around the globe by Spanish and Portuguese traders in the 1500s and 1600s.  That’s when a small thin chile called a birds-eye entered the diet of the Swahili, and it became the basis for the pili pili sauce originating from Mozambique

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 as a marinade or dipping sauce for grilled meat.  From there, pili pili sauce spread north to Kenya and south around the shores of South Africa. 

 

This is from Curtis Stone and then I tweaked it a little

 

For the Piri Piri Chicken:

10 birds eye – chiles    bec

HOW HOT ARE BIRDS – EYE CHILE , WELL LETS SEE :

THEY ARE RATED 50,000 – 100,000  ON THE SCOVILLE HOTNESS SCALE  

  (The Scoville scale is a measurement of the pungency (spicy heat) of chili peppers )

JALAPENOS ARE  35,00 – 10,000 FOR A COMPARISON

SO     THERE     YOU    GO

PROCEDE AT YOUR OWN RISK !!!!!!!    ter

 

or

6 red Fresno chilies, roughly chopped

4 red Thai chilies, stemmed

OR

Not being able to get Birds eye chili but wanting the authentic taste  ,   I bought

 

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I got it from   Mo Hotta Mo Betta which is also a cool site I have been with for years.

Check it out !

1 tbsp. sweet paprika

3 bay leaves

1 tsp oregano

5 garlic cloves

¼ cup red wine vinegar

2½ teaspoons kosher salt

⅔ cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for grilling

1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1½-inch chunks

Bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 1 hour, or metal skewers

 

For the Cabbage and Cucumber Slaw:    slaw

¼ small head green cabbage, very thinly sliced (about 2½ cups)

¼ English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced on an angle (about ¾ cup)

¼ white onion, very thinly sliced (about ¼ cup)

¼ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest – remember to use your micro planer

 

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Kosher salt, to taste

Grilled flatbreads – pitas   pita

 

 

If you are going  to make this from scratch :       In a food processor, combine the chilies, garlic, vinegar and salt. Pulse until finely minced. With the machine running, add ⅔ cup of olive oil and pulse until smooth. Set aside. OR USE SAUCE .

. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with ⅔ cup of the piri piri mixture to coat. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes or preferably overnight. Cover and chill the remaining piri piri sauce.

. Prepare a grill for medium-hot heat or place a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Thread 4 to 5 pieces of chicken onto each skewer.

. Using a pastry brush, coat the grill with the remaining tablespoon of oil.

. Grill the chicken, turning and basting often with the remaining ⅓ cup of sauce, until the chicken is cooked through and charred in spots, 12 to 15 minutes.

. Meanwhile, make the cabbage and cucumber slaw: In a large mixing bowl, toss the cabbage, cucumber, onion, mint, olive oil, lime juice and zest. Season with salt.

Grill pitas lightly

. To serve, divide the chicken skewers, slaw and flatbreads among 4 plates. Serve the remaining piri piri sauce alongside for dipping

 

OR

I guess you could put it in a tortilla , a little sauce and some slaw .   pp46    This is good too !

 

squeeze a little lime on it

and both go real  good with a cold beer    beer6

EAT AND ENJOY!

 

 

 

OR YOU  COULD   GO TO YOUR LOCAL

NANADOS PIRI PIRI   RESTURANT

 

nanado    n2

 

 

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