Double this recipe to replace the traditional roasted turkey main dish for the holidays. Disclaimer: it’s got some heat!

Piri-Piri Whole Roasted Chicken with Gravy

Prep time: 15 minutes, 4 hours inactive
Cook time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 10 minutes (4 hours inactive)
Yield: One 4lb roast chicken


For Chicken:

  • 1 4lb whole chicken, giblets removed
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1, 3-inch cube fresh ginger, peeled
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 bottle pre-made peri peri sauce (I used Nando brand available at most large supermarkets)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Gravy:

  • Drippings from the roasted chicken
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons bottled peri peri sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients “for the chicken” except for the chicken itself in a food processor. Blend until well incorporated. Place the chicken in a large Ziplock bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Let marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.

Preheat oven to 350F. Place the marinated chicken in a large roasting pan and bake uncovered for 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads at least 165F. If you do not own a meat thermometer make sure the juices run clear. Remove the chicken from the roast pan and tent with aluminum foil while it rests for 10 minutes.

While the chicken rests, place the roasting pan on the stovetop over medium low heat. Using a wooden spoon, scrape the base and the sides of the pan to remove any crusty bits of flavor. Pour in ¼ cup of the chicken broth along with the peri peri sauce. Stir until combined. Using a wire whisk, incorporate flour. Slowly add in the remainder of the chicken broth, whisking constantly to avoid lumps. If the gravy is too thick for your liking add more broth, if it is too thin continue to cook and reduce. Add in butter and stir until melted. Before serving, stir in chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper.