SW recipe: SW Piri-piri chicken

Serves 4
Ready in 1 hour, plus marinating


8 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs, visible fat removed

600g new potatoes, scrubbed

2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into bite-size chunks

2 yellow peppers, deseeded and cut into bite-size chunks

2 large red onions, cut into thick wedges

200ml hot chicken stock

1 lemon, cut into wedges

Low-calorie cooking spray

Little gem lettuce leaves, to serve


For the piri-piri marinade:

4-6 red chillies, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, crushed

1 small onion, finely chopped

4-5 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves picked, plus a few sprigs to serve

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp tomato purée

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika


1 Put all the marinade ingredients into a small food processor. Whizz to a paste, then tip into a wide glass or stainless-steel bowl. Make 2-3 deep slashes in each chicken thigh using a sharp knife. Add the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes, or overnight.

2 Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes, then drain well and set aside. Preheat your oven to 200°C/ fan 180°C/gas 6.

3 Put the potatoes, peppers and red onions in a large, non-stick roasting tin. Add the stock, season and toss to coat. Nestle the chicken thighs among the veg with the lemon wedges, spooning over any remaining marinade. Spray with low-calorie cooking spray and roast for 40-45 minutes, stirring the veg and turning the chicken halfway, or until the chicken is cooked through. Scatter over the extra thyme sprigs and serve with the lettuce.


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Make simple swaps
To help protect your weight loss, choose the leanest meats and trim off any visible fat – cut the white bits off bacon and remove skin from poultry. Dry-fry or cook with low-calorie cooking spray rather than fat or oil, switch sugar for sweetener, and swap cream and crème fraîche for fat-free natural yogurt or plain quark.

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