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Grilled Piri Piri Chicken Skewers Recipe

This post is sponsored by Kingsford but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Try this grilled Piri Piri chicken skewers recipe from Kingsford!

Grilled Piri Piri Chicken Skewers recipe - Kingsford Original Charcoal

The most delicious marinated chicken skewers

If there’s one thing that my family loves to do together – it’s to eat. I mean, we love to do lots of things together, but food is really where it’s at for us! Grilling is one of our favorite cooking methods and we absolutely love grilled meats – steaks and chicken to be exact. Lucky for us, San Diego has great weather so we can grill outdoors year-round! We were so excited to try this Portuguese Piri Piri chicken recipe from Kingsford®, the flavor combination sounded delicious.

Lighting the grill with Kingsford Original Charcoal

Get grilling with Kingsford Original Charcoal

We love grilling at home, and our go-to charcoal is always Kingsford Original Charcoal. You know, the one in the blue bag! We love the smoky, chargrilled flavor that we get when we grill with Kingsford. Also, their charcoal briquettes light pretty quickly and they last long enough for me to finish cooking all of our food.

We have all been at home for quite some time and it is nice to be able to eat good and enjoy each other’s company outdoors. Honestly, we had no idea that Kingsford had so many recipes on their website. I am thrilled, we are always looking for new recipe ideas and will definitely be using Kingsford’s recipes for them!

Grilled Piri Piri Chicken Skewers

Who wants to eat? It’s time to get grilling! This Piri Piri chicken skewers recipe is pretty easy to make, and definitely tasty to eat.


  • 12 wooden skewers, soaked for at least 20 minutes in water
  • ½ yellow onion
  • ½ large red pepper, seeded
  • ½ fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded (use a full pepper if you like more spice)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-1½ -inch chunks (about 60 pieces total)
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil or cilantro, for garnish

Chicken skewers on the grill

Step 1: Make the Piri Piri marinade

Grab your marinade ingredients, which include yellow onion, red pepper, jalapeño, garlic, paprika, lemon, oregano, olive oil, and coconut milk. All of this will be blended together and placed in a large zipper bag.

Marinating chicken in Piri Piri sauce

Step 2: Wash, dice, and spice up your chicken

Wash and trim your chicken thighs and cut them up into 1-inch pieces. Season them with salt and pepper and throw them in the marinade bag. Pop the bag in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 2 hours up to overnight, which is recommended.

Marinated chicken skewers ready for grilling

Step 3: Prepare your grill and add chicken to skewers

Add Kingsford Original Charcoal to your grill and build your fire, heating it to 450 degrees. While the grill warms up, add chicken pieces to skewers, about 5 per stick. Place those bad boys on the grill for about 10 minutes, turning as each side cooks and starts to get grill marks. Transfer to a plate, serve with rice, and enjoy!

Grilling chicken skewers with Kingsford Original Charcoal

Barbecue Grilled Piri Piri Chicken Skewers

Enjoy this chicken skewers recipe!

These chicken skewers turned out really good, the perfect amount of spice and flavor in the marinade sets this recipe off! I saved a little bit of the marinade to use as a dipping sauce, it was fabulous. We plan to spend some more time at home this fall and winter, so you better believe we will be out on the patio grilling!

The next time you grill, make sure you pick up a couple of bags of Kingsford Original Charcoal. Take a look at the Kingsford Recipe Hub for more grilling inspiration, they have so many awesome recipes for poultry, beef, seafood, veggies, and more!

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