Portuguese chicken

  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Portuguese chicken
  • 1.6 kilogram whole chicken
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 red thai chillies, seeded, chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon salt


Portuguese chicken
  • 1
    Rinse chicken under cold running water pat dry with absorbent paper. Using kitchen scissors, cut along both sides of the backbone; discard backbone. Place chicken, skin-side up, on a chopping board. Using the heel of your hand, press down on the breastbone to flatten. Insert a metal skewer through the thigh and opposite wing of the chicken to keep it flat. Repeat with the other thigh and wing. Place chicken in a large shallow dish.
  • 2
    Combined remaining ingredients in a small jug; pour mixture over chicken. Cover; refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
  • 3
    Drain chicken; reserve marinade.
  • 4
    Heat a covered barbecue. Place chicken on an oiled wire rack over a disposable baking dish; pour over reserved marinade. Cook chicken in covered barbecue, using indirect heat, following manufacturer's instructions, 1¼ hours or until browned and cooked through, brushing occasionally with pan juices during cooking.


Serve with a green salad

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