Lemon and Paprika Barbecue Marinade

Lemon and Paprika Barbecue Marinade


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This is a spicy African method of marinating barbecue chicken. Use boneless chicken breast fillets or drumsticks if you prefer.


Serves: 4 

  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 1 cup (250ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 dessertspoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 bone-in chicken breasts

Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:3hours marinating  ›  Ready in:3hours20min 

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the paprika, chilli powder, lemon juice, garlic, ginger and salt. Rub chicken with the mixture, place in a dish and marinate for 3 hours.
  2. Preheat barbecue for medium heat.
  3. Place chicken onto the barbecue and discard the marinade. Cook for about 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until the skin is slightly charred and juices run clear.

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Reviews (6)


Something else. Extremely easy to make and ingredients you probably have on hand. I marinated it overnite so the lemon flavour was really infused in the chicken. Couldn't grill it - so I baked it in the oven at 190 degrees C for 40 min. and then popped it under the broiler for a few minutes to get a nice crusty skin. Thanks submitter. - 29 Sep 2008


Great, easy, quick cooking, tasty dish. I served it with cous cous (which I flavored North African style) & BBQ-ed zucchini. Yum. - 08 Feb 2014

Mark P

Something else. Pretty good recipe. I grew up eating and cooking the Piri-Piri chicken. As most who read the reviews advised, never get rid of the remaining marinade. It's the life of the chicken. You need to baste it on the chicken while grilling, as the chicken can run dry. And that is where all the flavour is. I would recomend to leave the chicken in the marinade overnight for best results. - 29 Sep 2008

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