Our Story

Authentic Portuguese Takeaway with Piri Piri Chicken

Our Story

Piri Piri Express founder Paulo Alves leads the business and offers our customers an authentic Portuguese dining experience using an original family recipe and genuine Portuguese ingredients

Our free-range chicken is marinated and then cooked over our charcoal grills, our sauces are a secret family recipe served in Lemon & Herb, Mango & Lime, Medium, Hot and Very Hot for those that are daring.

The history behind Piri Piri sauce – The Portuguese were prolific explorers, on their many journeys of discovery they discovered many new herbs and spices that have resulted in a truly unique cuisine in Portugal. Piri Piri is derived from a tiny chilli pepper that the Portuguese introduced from Angola and Mozambique with a mixture of other herbs and spices. It results in the infamous sauce that we use to marinade and baste our chicken pieces, giving you our saucy and succulent Piri Piri Chicken.

Piri Piri Express believes that our fiery feasts are meant to be dished up with personality. We are famous for serving everything with hearty Portuguese passion. We greet our customers with genuine hospitality, busily cooking up sumptuous piri piri chicken, gambas, ribs and burgers on fire grills, using recipes that have been in our family for generations, giving diners a real taste of Portugal.

“O Galo De Barcelos” – The Rooster from Barcelosy – it’s the right way.

“O Galo De Barcelos”

The rooster is the unofficial symbol of Portugal. The city of Barcelos is located just east of Braga, the legend is so old that no one knows for sure its real source. The most famous story starts at a banquet that was being held by a rich landowner in Barcelos where a valuable piece of silver was stolen and one of the guests was accused of the theft. He was tried by the court and found guilty, despite overwhelming evidence against him, he protested his innocence. The magistrate granted the man a final chance to prove his case, seeing a rooster in a basket nearby he said “If I am innocent, the rooster will crow” The rooster crowed and the prisoner was freed.

In 2018, The Know Group joined Paulo to drive further successful expansion of the brand.