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Craving Portuguese food? Our selection of delicious Portuguese recipes will have something for you. From piri piri chicken to tasty chicken traybakes.

All Portuguese Recipes

Craving Portuguese food? Our selection of delicious Portuguese recipes will have something for you. From piri piri chicken to tasty chicken traybakes.

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  • Portuguese cuisine is popular all around the world for its delicious flavours and rich, hearty ingredients. Some of the most popular Portuguese recipes include:
  • Bacalhau à Brás: This dish features shredded salted cod (bacalhau), onions, and thinly sliced fried potatoes, mixed together with scrambled eggs and garnished with black olives and parsley.
  • Caldo Verde: A traditional soup made from finely shredded kale, potatoes, chorizo sausage, and garlic. It’s super comforting and delicious served with crusty bread.
  • Pastéis de Nata: These world renowned custard tarts are made with a flaky pastry crust and a rich, creamy egg custard filling. They are often dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar.
  • Francesinha: A decadent sandwich from Porto, it consists of layers of bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça (smoke-cured pork sausage), fresh sausage like chipolata, and steak, all covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato and beer sauce. It's typically served with French fries and a fried egg on top.
  • Polvo à Lagareiro: A popular dish featuring roasted octopus drizzled with olive oil, garlic, and herbs, served with roasted potatoes. Perfect if you’re a seafood lover.
  • Bifana: A simple yet delicious sandwich made with marinated pork cutlets, typically served in a papo seco (Portuguese bread roll). The pork is seasoned with garlic, white wine, and paprika, and sometimes a bit of piri-piri (spicy pepper sauce).
Piri-Piri Chicken: Grilled chicken marinated in a spicy piri-piri sauce made from crushed chillies, garlic, lemon juice, and vinegar. It's a flavourful dish often served with rice or fries. Why not try our delicious piri-piri chicken recipe today?

Portuguese Chicken Recipe - Piri-piri Chicken

If you’re wanting to add a Portuguese twist to your roast chicken, you should try this Portuguese inspired piri-piri chicken recipe. Serve up with some delicious fries, salad or potatoes for a hearty meal the entire family will enjoy.
Prepare the Piri-Piri Marinade:
  • In a blender or food processor, combine the bird’s eye chilies, garlic, red bell pepper, olive oil, white vinegar (or lemon juice), smoked paprika, oregano, cumin, salt, black pepper, and brown sugar (if using).
  • Blend until smooth, making sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
Marinate the Chicken:
  • Place the chicken in a large resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish.
  • Pour the Piri-Piri marinade over the chicken, ensuring it is well-coated.
  • Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight, to allow the flavours to penetrate the meat.
Cook the Chicken:
  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If using an oven, preheat to 400°F.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off any excess. -Season with a little extra salt and pepper.
Grilling Method:
  • Place the chicken skin-side down on the grill. Cook for about 10-15 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy and charred in places.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Oven Method:
  • Place the chicken on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for 45-60 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is golden and crispy.
If you like the sound of this, you might like to try our other recipes inspired from different cuisines from around the world, including Indian and Canadian.

Portuguese Recipe FAQs

Are Portuguese recipes available in a HelloFresh meal kit?

The recipes in our weekly meal kits are constantly changing to keep things fresh for our customers, so there will be some weeks when a Portuguese recipe is available to add to your delivery.

Is Portuguese food spicy?

Some traditional Portuguese food has a bit of a kick, such as peri peri chicken, however this isn’t the case for all of the Country’s cuisines. You can also adjust the spice level of different Portuguese recipes to suit your preferences.

Is Portuguese food Mediterranean?

Portuguese cuisine can indeed be considered Mediterranean to some extent. The Mediterranean diet, which is renowned for its health benefits, emphasises the use of fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, whole grains, fish, olive oil, and moderate consumption of wine. Many of these elements are used in Portuguese cuisine, so you could consider it to be quite mediterranean.

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