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Cuisines from around the world – Portuguese peri peri chicken

Tuesday September 4, 2018

Reported recently by the Telegraph, Portuguese delicacies are popping up in restaurants, supper clubs and bakeries all over the UK.

Portuguese food is about quality ingredients that are simply prepared to preserve their unique flavours. The food and recipes are extremely different from other European countries as they mix together the influences of Africa, Far East, the New World and the Eastern Indies.

Popular Portuguese food includes salt cod, spicy sausage, rice pudding and custard tarts. One dish that is at the forefront of the Portuguese food trend is peri peri chicken.

Peri peri is best known as a chili-based sauce used as a seasoning or marinade for meat, especially chicken. This dish is Portugal’s favourite choice for fast food: an entire roasted chicken (marinated in peri peri sauce) butterflied open and served with a halo of homemade fries or pillows of rice.

Peri peri sauce originated in South Africa and was imported to Portugal from two Portuguese colonies, Angola and Mozambique. That is why it is known to many as “Portuguese Chicken”.

To make peri peri sauce you simply blend red bell pepper, onion, dry red chili, garlic, paprika, black pepper, vinegar, salt, olive oil, oregano, lime zest and lemon juice until it forms a smooth paste. Once the paste has been made, the chicken needs to marinate in the sauce for 24 hours before being cooked over a coal barbeque. If you don’t have access to a barbeque, then the chicken can also be roasted in the oven.

In the UK, peri peri chicken was helped made popular by casual dining restaurant Nando’s, which specialises in Portuguese style chicken dishes with various peri-peri marinades. Founded in 1987, Nando’s now operates in over 1,000 outlets in 30 countries.

In London, you can try a selection of Portuguese food at Bar Douro, which is considered a city hotspot for authentic Portuguese cuisine. On the menu you will find: Croquetes de Alheira (Portuguese smoked sausage), Bisaro pork ribs, Roast suckling pig, handmade crispy Pastel de Nata (custard tarts), and their most famous dish, peri peri chicken.

If you are considering offering peri peri chicken as a takeaway or delivery option for your customers, then practical packaging is a must. At Bunzl Catering Supplies we offer a wide range of packaging options to suit your needs, whether you require a paper plate or a paperboard box.

A packaging solution that is ideal for serving peri peri chicken is the Hot ‘n’ Crispy bag – a patented range of insulated, disposable bags by our partner Supplier Smith Anderson. Hot ‘n’ Crispy bags are specially designed to keep food hot and crispy, a favourite for heated display cabinets (up to 220°C), and increasingly used for keeping food preserved during restaurant home delivery.

Alternatively, if looking for a ‘boxed’ solution, the Sustain bagasse hinged containers provide a practical, sustainable answer. Part of an exclusive brand range of renewable and compostable food packaging, made from sugar cane, Sustain bagasse hinged containers are sturdy but light, and prevent the peri peri chicken from being crushed on the move.

To find out more about our Portuguese food packaging options, please take a look at our food packaging e-brochure or contact Bunzl Catering Supplies today.


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