A platter of the best peri peri chicken sits on a wooden bench. The back wall is bright orange and a bottle of chilli sauce sits behind the chicken.

Okay, gather round, kids. Time for some real talk now. Peri peri chicken is the most important dish in my life because Mozambican/Portuguese food was central to my upbringing in Johannesburg. This recipe is my father’s, the most important man in my life (apart from my two boys) and remains unchanged. It’s better than pretty much all the recipes for this dish that exist and it completely destroys that sacrilegious, famous, franchised, overcooked and overpriced product, which due to legal reasons I can’t mention by name.

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