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Air Fryer Peri Peri Chicken Recipe

With only a few minutes of prep time, our air fryer peri peri chicken makes a satisfying and delicious meal with minimal work and maximal flavor.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: South African
Keyword: air fryer peri peri chicken, air fryer peri peri chicken recipe, how to make peri peri chicken in an air fryer
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 477kcal
Author: Luna Regina

Ingredients

  • 24 oz skin-on boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 oz red bell pepper cubed
  • 4 garlic cloves halved
  • 1 bird-eye chili
  • 1 oz onions cubed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 4 oz cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 oz red onion julienned
  • 1 oz carrot julienned
  • 4 oz carol lettuce

Instructions

  • Put 2 oz red bell pepper, 4 garlic cloves, 1 bird-eye chili, and 1 oz onion into the air fryer basket. Cook at 400℉ for 4 minutes. Set aside.
    Step 1: Roast the spices.
  • Make the peri peri sauce. Combine the baked vegetables and spices — 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp white vinegar, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground pepper, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 1/4 tsp Cajun seasoning, 1 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp brown sugar — in a food processor. Process until well mixed.
    Step 2: Make the peri peri sauce.
  • Score the skin of the chicken with a point of a sharp knife and place the chicken in a bowl.
    Step 3: Score the chicken thighs.
  • Pour the peri peri sauce over 24 oz chicken thighs and turn to coat each piece of chicken with marinade.
    Step 4: Coat the chicken evenly with the peri peri sauce.
  • Place the chicken pieces skin-side down on the air fryer basket and cook at 375℉ for 17 minutes. Then flip them over and continue to cook at 355℉ for another 8 minutes.
    Step 5: Air fry the chicken.
  • Transfer the chicken to a plate. Serve it with a salad made with 4 oz cherry tomatoes, 1 oz red onion, 1 oz carrot, and 4 oz carol lettuce.
    Step 6: Arrange the salad and peri peri chicken on serving plates and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 542mg | Potassium: 569mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2307IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg