Spices have always been an integral part of the culinary world, and we’re sure that almost everyone has a preferred spice to add to their meals. Whether it’s to make the dish spicier or to add more flavor, the right amount and type of spices can do wonders for a recipe.
In this blog, we will explore two popular spices for their unique flavor and heat – chilli jam and peri-peri sauce. We’ll take a look at what they are, how they are made, and how they can be used to make a mouth-watering dish of peri-peri chicken thighs.
Chilli jam is a spicy condiment that originated in Southeast Asia. It is made by combining fresh chillies with sugar, vinegar, and other seasonings to create a thick, sticky spread that is both sweet and hot. The sugar’s sweetness helps balance the heat of the chillies, making it a popular addition to many dishes.
It can be added to stir-fries, sandwiches, or served alongside cheese and crackers. Homemade chilli jam is easy to make and can be adjusted to suit your preferred level of heat.
To make chilli jam at home, you will need:
250g fresh red chillies
3 garlic cloves
200g caster sugar
125ml rice wine vinegar
Finely chop the garlic and ginger.
In a saucepan, combine the chillies, garlic, ginger, sugar, vinegar, water, and a pinch of salt.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened.
Remove from the heat and transfer to a sterilized jar.
Peri-peri sauce is a hot sauce that originated in Africa and is now popular worldwide. It is made from bird’s eye chillies, garlic, lemon juice, and other seasonings. It is commonly used as a marinade for meat, a dip for vegetables, or as a condiment for sandwiches and burgers.
Peri-peri sauce has a unique flavor that is both spicy and tangy, making it a great addition to many dishes. It is also easy to make at home and can be adjusted to suit your preferred level of heat.
To make peri-peri sauce at home, you will need:
10-15 bird’s eye chillies
3 garlic cloves
2 lemons, juiced
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
125ml olive oil
Finely chop the garlic.
In a blender or food processor, combine the chillies, garlic, lemon juice, smoked paprika, oregano, salt, and olive oil.
Blend until smooth.
Transfer to a sterilized jar.
Peri-peri chicken thighs are a delicious and spicy way to enjoy chicken. The marinade is made with peri-peri sauce, which gives the chicken a tangy and spicy flavor.
8 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin-on
1/2 cup peri-peri sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
Chilli jam, to serve
Peri peri chicken recipe Instructions:
Combine the peri-peri sauce, olive oil, and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.
Add the chicken thighs to the bowl and toss to coat evenly with the marinade.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6.
Line a baking tray with foil and place the chicken thighs on it, skin side up.
Roast in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the skin is crispy.
Serve hot with a dollop of chilli jam on top.
Chilli jam and peri-peri sauce are two delicious condiments that can be used to add flavor and heat to a variety of dishes. They are easy to make at home and can be adjusted to suit your preferred level of heat. Peri-peri chicken thighs are a great example of how these two condiments can make a delicious and spicy meal.
We hope this blog has inspired you to make your own chilli jam and peri-peri sauce, and to use them to make some tasty dishes.
Q. What other dishes can be made using chilli jam and peri-peri sauce?
Chilli jam can be used in stir-fries, sandwiches, or served alongside cheese and crackers. Peri-peri sauce can be used as a marinade for meat, a vegetable dip, or a condiment for sandwiches and burgers.
Q. How long can homemade chilli jam and peri-peri sauce be stored?
Homemade chilli jam and peri-peri sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Q. Can I adjust the heat level of the chilli jam and peri-peri sauce?
Yes, you can adjust the heat level of both the chilli jam and peri-peri sauce by using more or fewer chillies. It’s best to start with a small amount and add more as needed to achieve your desired level of heat.