• Peri peri chicken rolls (Danielle Abou Karam)Source: Danielle Abou Karam

Lucy puts her own unique twist to the reliable Peri-Peri chicken burger.






Skill level

Average: 4.1 (7 votes)


  • 4 chicken thigh fillets
  • 4 crusty Vietnamese rolls
  • Butter, for spreading
  • 100 g (1 cup) grated tasty cheese
  • cos lettuce leaves
  • Kewpie mayo, for drizzling 


Peri peri marinade

  • 8 red bird’s eye chillies 
  • 2 char-grilled long red chillies, skinned 
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, white part only, chopped 
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled 
  • small handful coriander leaves and stalks 
  • small handful flat-leaf parsley leaves and stalks 
  • 2-3 tbsp red wine vinegar 
  • 170 ml -250 ml (⅔ - 1 cup) olive oil 
  • 1 tbsp salt 

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Marinating time: overnight

You will need to begin this recipe 1 day ahead.

  1. For the marinade, place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a heavy-based frying pan and stir over low heat for 5 minutes or until heated through and the oil has started splitting. Remove from the heat and stand until completely cool.
  2. Place the chicken in a shallow container, add half the marinade, toss to coat, then cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Heat a heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes on both sides or until cooked through. Stand for 5-10 minutes, then thickly slice.
  4. To serve, preheat a grill to medium-high. Split the buns in half and place on a baking tray. Butter both sides, sprinkle with cheese and grill until the cheese is melted. Top with the lettuce, chicken, mayo and the remaining peri peri sauce for drizzling.


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Photography by Danielle Abou Karam.