Copycat Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken Recipe

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Nando’s is one of my go to restaurants but it can be pricey! For that reason I knew I had to try making some of these dishes myself at home. The rich and spicy Nando’s peri-peri chicken always makes your mouth water with its pleasing aroma and an irresistible look. This peri peri chicken recipe gained such popularity with now every other restaurant offering the classic peri-peri flavors in one meal or another. So, attention all Peri Peri lovers! This time you will not need to visit Nando’s to enjoy those spell-casting flavors, rather you can make this Nando’s peri peri chicken recipe right from the comfort of your home in just a few minutes.

Nando's peri peri chicken recipe

When the first time I baked this chicken at home, it turned out to be really great without much effort or time. You just need to season it well, and then the rest of the work is completed by your oven. The magic happens due to the combination of spices used to make the special peri-peri seasoning. That tangy flavor can be recreated easily if you use the correct proportions of the spice and herbs. And the recipe I bring to you today has just the perfect balance of spices that we always wanted.

The healthy and delicious peri-peri chicken has such a taste that it goes with a variety of side dishes. Today, in this recipe, we are going to make an interesting combination with the peri-peri chicken. The chicken will be served with roast corn cobs and the coconut lime rice. Trust me, when you try them together with the chicken, it all tastes so heavenly. And it is light and healthy for all. It makes a complete meal with minimum time and effort. So, put on your aprons, because we are about to roast classic peri-peri chicken!

How To Make Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken

So the wait is finally over! The recipe you have been scrolling for is now here to wow you all. Who knew making classic peri-peri chicken would be so easy and simple?

If you know how to roast the chicken, then you cook this super delicious peri-peri chicken in no time. The secret behind its good taste is a good use of seasonings and long marination. The minimum marination time must be 1 hour, but you can leave the chicken up to 24 hours in the refrigerator to allow it to absorb all the prices.  

Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Laura Ritterman Course: MainDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

400

kcal
Resting Time

1

hour 

Nando’s chain is a delight to come across but making the Nando’s peri peri chicken dish yourself is definitely rewarding.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons chili flakes

  • 4 cloves garlic crushed or grated

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 2 teaspoons oregano

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Black pepper to taste

  • 8 chicken legs, thighs or boneless chicken pieces

  • 4 small corn on the cobs

  • Coconut Lime Rice
  • 10 ½ oz. basmati or long-grain rice

  • 400 ml tin coconut milk

  • 200 ml of water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 14 oz. tin black-eyed peas

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 4 spring onions sliced

  • To serve
  • Sliced spring onions and lime wedges

Directions

  • Set the oven’s temperature to 425 degrees F to preheat.
  • Mix olive oil, chili flakes, garlic, lime juice, smoked paprika, oregano, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.
  • Place the chicken a baking tray and rub the peri chicken rub over the chicken liberally.
  • As you season the chicken score, it’s skin with a fork then cover it.
  • Place the seasoned chicken bowl in the refrigerator for 1 hour or more.
  • Once the chicken is marinated, mix again to rub the marinade over the pieces.
  • Spread the marinated chicken pieces in a baking sheet, greased with cooking.
  • Roast the peri-peri chicken for 30 minutes then remove from the oven.
  • Place the corn cobs in the same tray and roast again for 10 minutes.
  • Coconut Lime Rice
  • Meanwhile, prepare coconut lime rice in a cooking pot.
  • Take a medium-sized cooking pot and fill it with water, and coconut milk.
  • Cook this milk mixture to a boil and add rice to the boiling mixture.
  • Cover the rice and cook for 8 minutes until the liquid is completely absorbed into the rice.
  • Stir in lime juice, spring onions, and black eye peas, then cover again for 2 minutes.  
  • Then remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.
  • Divide the rice in the serving plates and top them with corn cobs and peri-peri chicken.
  • Drizzle the chicken juices on top and garnish with spring onions and lime wedges.
  • Serve warm and fresh.

Notes

  • If you are not ready to serve the chicken, then do not roast it before time. Let it marinate till the last minute then bake in the oven.
  • To serve the leftover peri-peri chicken, store it in a sealable container and reheat in the oven at low temperatures to keep the moisture of the chicken intact.
  • If you are not in the mood to serve chicken legs or thighs, then you can also use boneless chicken breasts. Season the pounded chicken breast fillets with the same peri-peri seasoning as given in the recipe and cook the chicken breast according to its cooking time.
  • Grilling can also be used as a method of cooking to give your chicken a strong smoky flavor and a nice juicy texture.

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Conclusion

If you’re interested in bringing Nando’s delicious peri-peri chicken into your home, then this recipe is perfect for you. This Nando’s copycat recipe can be a big help if you give it a try. This simple recipe gives a unique combination of flavors all packed in the juicy and tender chicken meat. The best part is that you can pair it with a variety of side dishes, and it still tastes great.

If you are a peri-peri chicken fan, then keep this special peri-peri seasoning prepared and stored in your refrigerator, then season the chicken and enjoy a good meal. You can always purchase peri peri sauce in your local store or supermarket. Let us know how this recipe turns out for you and let us know how to improve our recipes. Your feedback is our constant source of motivation.

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