My kids absolutely love Chicken Prego Rolls so it was about time I tried my hand at making my own. I tried my hand at baking the Portuguese Rolls a few times and today I was so pleased with that too. Although I would like to improve it just a little befoe posting it.
The sauce for the prego rolls was so delicious, it was a little spicy with a hint of lemon and garlic. It was perfect. If you haven’t heard of prego rolls before, you are missing out. It is another Portuguese Recipe, like my Peri-Peri Sauce. It is made of succulent pieces of chicken, that’s cooked on high heat, for that little charred bits, and stacked on top of soft, delicious Portuguese rolls.
There’s no cooking involved in making the sauce. You have to marinate your chicken in the sauce for an hour and fry your chicken on high heat, using a griddle pan or barbecue/braai if you prefer. I used a griddle pan and cooked each breast for a minute and a half on each side until is was slightly charred. It was perfect. I drizzled a bit more sauce once it was cooked. You are going to love the Chicken Prego Rolls, you can thank me later.
I made sauce enough for 8 chicken breasts or if you want you can use it on a whole chicken. Always set aside a little bit of sauce to baste the chicken whilst frying or to drizzle after it’s cooked.
One thing is for sure I am never buying Prego Rolls again. I will post the recipe for the Portuguese Rolls soon. I tried to keep the recipe simple although there are more complicated ways to make Portuguese Rolls. I got a few tips from some professional bakers so that helped. If you’re not up to making your own bread rolls, store bought will work just as well.
Although I added Harissa Paste to my recipe for the sauce you really don’t have to use it. You can leave it out completely and the sauce and add a little more peri-peri sauce, will still taste delicious. It does add a little extra flavor to the sauce but won’t really ruin the recipe if it’s not used. I also used my homemade Peri-Peri Sauce in the recipe but store bought Peri-Peri Sauce will work fine.
More Chicken Recipes to try:
Chicken Prego Rolls
- 8 Portuguese Rolls
- 8 Chicken Breasts
- 2 tbsp harissa paste
- 1/4 cup peri-peri sauce
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce/passata
- 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 large cloves garlic minced
- Place all the ingredients for the Prego Sauce in a bowl and mix well
- Place each chicken breast between plastic wrap or a ziplock bag. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, pound the chicken lightly from the center and working your way to the edges
- Set aside some of the sauce for later use. Place the chicken breasts in a bowl and pour the remaining marinade over, refrigerate for an hour
- Heat 3 tablespoon oil in a large pan, on high heat and fry 2 chicken breasts, depending on how big your pan is. Fry them for 1&1/2 minute on each side, ensuring they are fully cooked. Baste with the remaining sauce. Continue cooking the remaining 6 breasts the same way. Add more oil if required
- Cut the bread rolls in halves. Place the Chicken on one half, drizzle more sauce if you wish. Peri-Peri sauce is also great. Place some sliced onion and tomato on top and cover with the other half of the bread roll.
- I used a griddle pan but a normal pan will work great too. Be careful not to overcook your chicken
- Harissa paste is a North African spicy red sauce, can be found in most grocery stores or you an make your own