Portuguese Chicken in a Box Recipe

Surprise your family with this home version of a popular take-away!


Prep Time

4 hrs to marinade

Cooking Time

20 minutes



Recipe Ingredients

  • 8 large skinless breast fillets cut in half diagonally, OR 16 skinless thighs
  • Marinade: 
  • 125 ml water
  •  40 ml SPAR Spirit Vinegar
  •  50 ml SPAR lemon juice (or equivalent from freshly squeezed lemons)
  • 1 small onion, grated
  •  25 ml SPAR olive oil
  •  3 large garlic cloves, crushed
  •  3 ml salt
  •  10ml SPAR honey
  •   5 ml dried crushed chilli flakes (or fresh finely chopped)
  •  2 ml each dried parsley, paprika and thyme

Recipe Method

  1. Cut several deep slits into each chicken piece, and arrange snugly in a bowl.
  2. Mix the marinade ingredients and pour over the chicken. Cover and chill for 2- 4 hours.  (Pre-heat oven for the potato wedges now if you are serving)
  3. Braai or pan-grill for 20 minutes, turning often and brushing on leftover marinade until slightly charred.
  4. Pack into boxes, including oven-baked SPAR potato wedges, a SPAR Freshline Portuguese roll, and your favourite raw salad ingredients.

Hints & Tips

  • Chicken fillet strips are a quicker cooking finger-food option.
  • You can still enjoy tasty chicken without including the fatty skin.