Piri-piri Mac & Cheese with Chèvre des Alpes – Week 30: Portuguese-style

Portuguese cooks are known for their tasty, heavily spiced grilled meats. A staple street food and takeout option, Portuguese chicken is delicious all on its own, or served in a salad or tortilla—so why not in Mac & Cheese?

And don’t worry about cooking the chicken if you’re running short on time—there are plenty of good Portuguese rotisserie places!

The juicy smoky chicken is basted with a spicy sauce of piri-piri, paprika, and garlic. In a Mac & Cheese with chorizo and Chèvre des Alpes goat cheese, it’s simply succulent!


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

  2. In a saucepan, melt butter and soften onion and garlic.
  3. Add flour and stir for 1 minute, making sure the flour doesn’t brown.
  4. Add milk and cream, beating with a whisk until smooth.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring regularly until sauce thickens.

  6. Stir in Manchego, followed by the pasta and diced Portuguese chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Pour into a baking dish and cover with Chèvre des Alpes goat cheese, black olives, and green onions.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Garnish with diced Portuguese chicken (optional).

Johanne Depelteau

Longueuil, Quebec

Johanne, a passionate lover of the culinary arts, has been working in television broadcasting, publishing, magazine writing and advertising for many years.

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