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Marinated Peri Peri Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks

Marinated Peri Peri Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks dish is an oven baked version of Portuguese flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken, yet it still looks like grilled chicken! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Portuguese
Keyword peri peri chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 314kcal
Author Olya



  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano (or Italian Seasoning)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 lb chicken thighs and drumsticks (skin on, bone in)
  • Parsley (for garnish)



  • Prepare the marinade by mixing minced garlic, lemon juice, orange juice and olive oil together with a whisk. Add lemon zest, sea salt, sweet paprika, black pepper, red pepper flakes and dry oregano (or use Italian Seasoning instead). Whisk everything together.
  • Pour the marinade into a plastic bowl or large ziplock bag. Add chicken thighs and drumsticks to the bag with marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or preferable overnight.

Cooking Chicken:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400ºF. Sprinkle paprika on top of the chicken skin (this will create a nice color on the skin).
  • Preheat an oven proof skillet, such as cast iron and add olive oil and butter. Once the butter is melted and the skillet is hot, add chicken skin side down and cook undisturbed on medium high heat for 4 minutes or until chicken is nicely browned.
  • Flip chicken over (skin side up) and move the skillet to the oven. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 400 F. Remove from the oven, ensure that the chicken is cooked through. Garnish with parsley.


9 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving.
SmartPoints® calculated by WhatsInThePan.
Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients are included in determining nutritional estimates.


Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 270mg | Potassium: 260mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 14.5mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.4mg