A Willow Creek Winner – Peri-Peri Chicken Dinner

Words: Crush | Photography: Brand supplied

As we gather around the fire with family and friends this Heritage Month, let’s celebrate the unique flavours we’ve come to love and know. Willow Creek invites you to make this winning Peri-Peri Chicken recipe, which combines the best of their Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oils with the fiery essence of peri-peri and the comfort of South African traditions. Here’s to celebrating heritage through food and flavour.

Celebrate Your Flavour of Heritage

It’s no secret that South Africans love peri-peri chicken! The intense heat from this Mozambican-Portugese dish married with charry braai flavours, has become a local fave. The only thing that could make it better is Willow Creek’s Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oils.

Available in nine tantalising flavours, Willow Creek’s Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oils are ideal for marinating meats, drizzling over salads and adding depth of flavour to almost any dish. Their award-winning Lemon Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Blood Orange Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil infuse zesty, vibrant flavours into this mouthwatering Peri-Peri Chicken recipe.

Willow Creek’s Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oils are ideal for marinating meats, drizzling over salads and adding depth of flavour to almost any dish.

The Lemon Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil is light and refreshing. This delicious product consists of 100% delicate extra virgin olive oil and lemon flavouring. Its tangy profile is perfectly balanced with a sweet and zesty undertone.

The Blood Orange Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil boasts a unique flavour that will have you drizzling it over your favourite dishes; it’s made with delicate extra virgin olive oil and natural blood orange flavouring. If savoured properly, you’ll be able to detect slight raspberry undertones and the expected zesty citrus flavouring.

Light up the coals this weekend and prepare for the ultimate braai feast – all you need is a generous glug of Willow Creek Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oils, and a big appetite.


Recipe: Peri-Peri Chicken

Grilled with local flare and generously seasoned, the whole family will love this braai dish!


Serves: 4–6 | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Grilling time: 45 minutes | Level: Easy 

Ingredients

1 whole extra-large chicken
Willow Creek Lemon Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil (poured generously)
Willow Creek Blood Orange Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil (poured generously)
your choice of peri-peri rub
a handful of chopped coriander
5 slices of preserved lemon, chopped

Method

Start by preparing the chicken. Place the extra-large chicken on a cutting board and carefully cut it open and flatten it. This ensures even-cooking and allows the marinade to infuse into every part of the chicken.

Pour Willow Creek Lemon Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil generously over the chicken, and then dust with peri-peri rub, covering every inch. Rub the chicken with the flavours to blend and develop. Now, leave it to rest.

Make the marinade while the chicken rests. Combine Willow Creek Blood Orange Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a generous amount of your peri-peri spice, chopped coriander, and preserved lemon segments in a bowl.

Fire up the grill. Roast the seasoned chicken bone-side down on a braai grid over medium-hot coals. Once the chicken is golden brown, generously brush it with the Willow Creek Blood Orange Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oil and peri-peri spice marinade. Grilling the chicken takes approximately 45 minutes, during which the flavours infuse – patience is key.

Once the chicken is cooked thoroughly, allow to rest for a bit after removing it from the grill and redistribute the juices.

Serve with crispy dinner rolls and red cabbage slaw on the side. Enjoy!

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