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This chicken has all the flavors of piri piri chicken, a Portuguese dish that usually marinates in a seasoned bell pepper sauce for hours before being grilled. Our take braises in a slow cooker first, then hits the broiler to get a little char.

EatingWell Magazine, April 2022


Credit: Photographer / Jacob Fox, Food styling / Sue Mitchell, Food Styling / Kelsey Bulat

Recipe Summary

20 mins
3 hrs 20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Slice 1 onion and 1 lemon into thick rounds; spread in an even layer in a 6-quart slow cooker. Chop the remaining onion and juice the remaining lemon; transfer to a blender. Add 1/4 cup broth, bell pepper, garlic, ginger, paprika, cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Puree until very smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer 1/4 cup of the sauce to a small bowl and whisk in oil. Refrigerate until needed.

  • Add chicken to the slow cooker. Pour the remaining sauce over it. Swirl the remaining 1/4 cup broth in the blender to get all the remaining sauce; pour over the chicken. Cover and cook until an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F when inserted in the thickest part of the meat without touching bone, about 3 hours on High or 6 hours on Low (see Tip).

  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high. Carefully transfer the chicken to a broiler-safe baking pan or cast-iron pan (discard remaining cooking liquid). Brush with the reserved sauce. Broil until starting to lightly brown, 5 to 8 minutes.


Slow cookers get their magic from utilizing trapped hot air to cook what's inside. Opening the lid releases heat and moisture and, ultimately, slows the cooking process down. Each time you lift the lid, it can take the slow cooker up to 30 minutes to return to temperature—so no peeking!

Nutrition Facts

3 oz.
256 calories; protein 29g; carbohydrates 6g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 2g; fat 12g; saturated fat 3g; mono fat 6g; poly fat 2g; cholesterol 87mg; vitamin a iu 1600IU; vitamin c 40mg; vitamin d iu 5IU; vitamin e iu 3IU; folate 26mg; vitamin k 5mg; sodium 384mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 34mg; potassium 380mg; zinc 2mg; omega 6 fatty acid 2g; niacin equivalents 10mg; vitamin b6 1mg.