Portuguese style barbecued chicken is not for the weak of heart. This spicy chicken recipe will definitely blow your mind away. The sweet and sourness of the pineapple juice marinade is just right, making the chicken tasty. Donâ€™t forget to squeeze some lemon juice before taking a bite.
2 1kg chickens
2 cups sweetened pineapple juice
5-7 small fresh red chili, roughly chopped
2 long red chili, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon sea salt
Lemon wedges and hot potato chips for serving
Prepare the chili sauce by combining all the chili and the garlic in a food processor or blender. Process it for 30 seconds until the chili is finely chopped. Scrape the sides using a spatula and then add the lemon juice, oil and salt. Process it for another 30 seconds until well combined. Transfer the sauce to a jar or sealed container.
Put a whole chicken on a flat work surface or chopping board. Make sure that its breast side is up. Cut the breast in half using poultry shears by cutting the breast bone. Press the chicken down to lay it flat. Cut out the back bone and discard. Remove the breast bones as well and then tuck in the wings. Pat the chicken dry using a paper towel. Repeat the same process with the remaining chicken. If you do not feel like cutting, you can purchase chicken thighs instead.
Place the chickens on a shallow dish and marinate them in pineapple juice for 15 minutes.
Preheat the grill on high. With a sharp knife make some cuts on the chicken. Reserve 3 tablespoons of chili sauce. Brush the chicken with the remaining sauce.
Reduce the heat of the grill and then grill the chicken skin side up. Cook it for 15-18 minutes. Brush it occasionally with sauce, so that it will not dry. Turn at least once. Pierce the chicken with a fork to see if it is cooked. The juices must be clear and the meat soft.
Place the cooked chicken on a plate and cove it loosely with foil. Let it stand for 5 minutes. After, brush the chicken with the remaining chili sauce. Serve it immediately with lemon wedges and potato chips.
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