142. Mozambique: Chicken Piri Piri

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Mozambique, a tiny country located north of South Africa. Famous for its beautiful beaches and for being the only country with all 5 vowels. Mozambique has 3 main island archipelago: The Quirimba’s, the Primeras y Segundas, and the largest one Bazaruto. The island of Mozambique is the island where the country derives its name from. A sultan named Ali Musa Mbiki. The country is rich in biodiversity and you can find the “Big 5” (leopard, lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo). The Big 5 are Africa’s undisputed superstars and the reason tourists set out eagerly on dawn and dusk game-viewing excursions. Dance is huge in Mozambique! Almost every tribe has their own traditional dance! The Makhuwa have stilt dance with colorful masks, The Chopi people have a hunting dance that reenacts battles, The woman in Mozambique have a rope-jumping dance, Gule Wamkulu from the Chewa tribe even has a dance thats classified by the UNESCO as a masterpiece of Oral and intangible beritage of humanity.

Things you didn’t know about Mozambique:

  • There are over 40 local languages spoken in Mozambique, most citizens speak more than one language.
  • You don’t just say “Hello” as a greeting in Mozambique. Asking after one’s family’s health is an essential part of greeting each other.
  • Over 50% of Mozambique’s population is under the age of 15. If you thought you were too old for that college town you lived in, imagine an entire country with young people everywhere.
  • Mozambique has some of the best coral reefs in the world, especially those lining the Bazaruto Archipelago. Over 1,200 species of fish have been identified off the coast of the country and it’s also one of the largest marine reserves in the world.
  • The Church of San Antonio de la Polana is a religious building located in the city of Maputo. The church is of modernist architecture, build in 1962 according to the project architect Portuguese Cavreiro Nuno Lopes. It is shaped like an inverted flower however, it is known as many the ‘Lemon Squeezer’. This church was restored in 1992.

This was a tough one guys! I was trying to find a dish. Something that natives themself eat. I contacted a group on Facebook called “Mozambique for All”, and if you have any more questions about the food in Mozambique or traveling there, I recommend joining them! They are a super helpful group of people!!! This recipe turned about great because of their help! My boyfriend bought a rotisserie for his BBQ at home recently. As some of you know he is also a chef, he specialized in BBQ for a year by working for a BBQ catering company. This recipe was the perfect opportunity for us to try out our new toy! I made the marinade and he made sure his new BBQ toy worked properly and cooked the chicken just right. If you don’t have a rotiserie you can always spatchcock the chicken. That also works really well.

Ingredients:

  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • Equal amount of vinegar to lemon juice
  • Equal part of oil
  • 7 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 26 gr of salt
  • 10 thai birds eye chillies
  • 1 whole chicken.
  1. Add together lemon juice, vinegar, oil, and minced garlic.
  2. Ok spice time, add all of them!
  3. Add Thai birds eye chilies
  4. And throw all that in your food processor or blender.
  5. Now massage half of the marinade into your chicken.
  6. For the Rotisserie: Just put your chicken on the rotisserie and keep basting with the marinade. It should be done in about an hour. The internal temperature should be 72C
  7. To Spatchcock: Simply grab your kitchen shears and cut up the back of the chicken about 1-2 cm to either side of the spine and cut all the way up staying parallel to the spine. Repeat with the other side of the spine. Open the chicken up like a book and push down on the breast bone to break it and make the chicken lay flat. Finally, cut the wing tips off and reserve them for another use. Put your chicken on the grill and keep basting it with the reserved half of the marinade. The internal temperature should be 72C.
  8. Enjoy!!!!!

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