This chicken dish is very popular in South Africa. There are many fast food restaurants that specialize in peri peri chicken. If you’ve never tried this famous marinated chicken, get ready for a flavor sensation.
The Jewish community of Italy, tragically, was decimated by the Holocaust. Still, its remaining community has preserved its unique culture and traditions, including a distinctive cuisine that fuses Sephardic, Middle Eastern and Spanish cooking with Italian ingredients and methods. The cuisine of the Italian Jews is a fabulous example of Jewish Fusion at its very best.
Only in Chicago is this dish considered a classic. Made famous by old-time Chicago Italian restaurants such as the Rosebud, this dish easily can be adapted for those who observe the Kosher laws. I have added my own touch to give it some extra pizzazz.
Peri-Peri is a hot or mildly hot seasoning, sometimes a prepared sauce, that is of Portugese origin. In South Africa, Peri-Peri seasoning is virtually a staple. It is much more than a mere hot sauce. Although not well-known in North America, it adds great flavor to many foods, especially chicken and fish.
Every cook has his/her own personal favorites that are sure-fire hits every single time. I have been preparing this dish for many years and it never fails to please. The fabulous aroma of the ginger and garlic wafting from the kitchen put diners in the right mood even before the dish comes to the table. When served on a gleaming white tray, with the green of the lettuce, a sprinkling of scallions and sesame seeds, and the bright color of the sauce, you have an exciting dish. This is definitely not your garden variety lemon chicken.