Whole roasted peri-peri chicken

A roast chicken is often served as a Sunday lunch and is always popular. Remember that peri-peri is quite hot, so season it to your family’s preference. Or use more paprika instead of the peri-peri for a milder flavour.

Ready in

1 hour 30 mins

Serving size

Serves 4 – 6


  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) sunflower oil
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) tomato paste
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) peri-peri or to taste
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) paprika
  • 1,2 kg whole chicken, skin and all fat removed
  • 6 potatoes, quartered
  • ½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt
  • ½ cup (125 ml) water


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
  2. Mix the oil with all the seasonings, except the salt. Spread some of this paste over the chicken.
  3. Place chicken in a large oven dish.
  4. Toss the potatoes with the remaining paste and place in the oven dish around the chicken.
  5. Sprinkle potatoes with salt and pour the water into the oven dish. Cover with foil and roast chicken and potatoes for 30 minutes. Remove foil, toss potatoes in liquid and roast for another 30 minutes or until cooked.
  6. Serve with green veggies or a salad.


  1. The chicken bones can be used for the Homemade stock.
  2. Lemon and herb chicken: Use the seasonings for the Lemon chicken to prepare a lemon and herb roasted chicken.
  3. Use more paprika instead of the peri-peri for a milder flavour.
  4. If your oven is big enough, double the recipe and make 2 chickens. Use the other chicken for another meal.

Peri peri chicken portions

Peri-peri chicken wings

This peri-peri marinade is also delicious on chicken wings. Make half a batch of this marinade. Marinate 12 chicken wings in the marinade for an hour and roast at 180 °C for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

Whole roast peri-peri chicken wings

This recipe is from Cooking from the heart, 1st edition

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