Chef JJ Johnson of The Cecil in Harlem, New York marinates the chicken thighs for his fried chicken sandwich in Piri Piri, a spicy Portuguese sauce, for an extra layer of flavor before breading and pan frying.

JJ Johnson


Recipe Summary

10 mins
20 mins
makes 4 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a large sauté pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, chiles and habanero and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft and the onions are translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and zest and lower the heat. Once the juice is completely incorporated, slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking constantly until the sauce is smooth. Remove from the heat. Let cool. 


Make Ahead

The marinade can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.