Grilled Peri-peri Chicken with a coriander and jalapeno sauce

For years, I have obsessed over Nando’s and managed to rope my kids into loving Nando’s  too (probably more than I do now). Saturday is usually manic, with all the different activities for the kids so I find this is a really suitable snack for my chicken loving kids. Opening their snack box to crispy chicken always put a big smile on their faces.

Serves 4


  • 8 pieces of chicken drumsticks
  • A knob of ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli flakes
  • Half a teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander
  • Half a teaspoon Garlic powder
  • Half a lemon (juice only)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, mix all the spices with oil and grate a knob of ginger into it.
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes to allow all the spices to infuse the oil.
  • Grab a chopping board, place chicken on top and score the chicken to allow the marinade get right in.
  • Pour the spice mixture over the chicken and it’s ready to cook. At this stage, you can either leave this to marinade for 24 hours or cook straight away.
  • Pop into a hot grill set at 180 degrees and cook till golden brown (or to your preference).

For the sauce

  • A handful of Coriander
  • A teaspoon of Mustard
  • A teaspoon of Mayonnaise
  • Half a Jalapeno pepper
  • Knob of Ginger, chopped
  • A tablespoon Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients in a blender and whizz up.

Serve with drumsticks and garnish with extra chillies (optional).


Author: Dumebi Agbakoba

Food is life and my passion, I live for great adventures centered around good food.