Nandos Peri-Peri Chicken

Nandos Peri-Peri Chicken

5 from 8 votes
This Nando’s peri peri chicken recipe is succulent, spicy, and flavourful! This Nando's peri peri chicken recipe not only tastes great, but it also looks amazing. Make your own cheeky Nando’s at home.

This Nando’s peri-peri chicken recipe is succulent, spicy, and flavourful! This Nando’s peri-peri chicken recipe not only tastes great, but it also looks amazing. Make your own cheeky Nando’s at home.

A Portuguese meal with origins in Mozambique that was made popular in the United Kingdom by a Johannesburg-based restaurant chain. Although peri-peri chicken has a tangled history, its presence is undeniable: we love it.

Nando’s has been dubbed “one of Britain’s most successful restaurant chains.” We can’t seem to get enough of spicy grilled chicken. However, if you know how to grill chicken, you can prepare Nando’s peri-peri chicken at home much more easily.

I enjoy recreating my favourite restaurant and takeout dishes, adding to them my own twist, and trying to make them healthier.

For a long time, I’ve wanted to make my own version of Nando’s peri-peri chicken, but I’ve only now gotten around to it… I’m so glad I did it!

It took some effort to perfect the recipe for my peri-peri marinade sauce, but I have to say, in the end, it was well worth it.

This Nando’s peri-peri chicken recipe not only tastes great, but it also looks amazing. And here’s a small secret for you… It’s incredibly simple to put together!

Here is another secret. I read the ingredients on the back of a bottle of Nando’s peri-peri sauce. I suppose, you really can’t go wrong with the original.

You can marinate the chicken for an hour or overnight in the fridge, depending on how much time you have. For best results, try to leave it overnight.

It’s easy to make in about an hour and makes a great Saturday night meal… Actually, it’s so simple that you could do it during the week! And, of course, this Peri Peri Chicken is much less expensive than eating out, and I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!!

Where does peri-peri come from?

The peri-peri sauce is a significant aspect of Mozambique’s history, as it represents the country’s long history of blending cultures. Although peri-peri chicken eventually found its way to South Africa, it all began in Mozambique.

Why is it called peri-peri chicken?

The name “peri-peri” comes from the Swahili language. “Piri-piri” is a word that means “pepper-pepper.” It comes in numerous variations, including ‘pili-pili’ and ‘peri-peri,’ but the incredible flavour remains the same.

Is peri-peri chicken spicy?

Peri-peri come in a variety of heat levels, from medium to extra-hot, so start with the mildest. On the Scoville scale, they vary from 50,000 to 175,000. Jalapeños, on the other hand, have a Scoville heat rating of roughly 3,500.

What is the best way to make Nando’s peri-peri chicken?

Although the barbeque is perfect for this, wonderful results can also be achieved in the oven. Rather than grilling them, you can finish them up in a hot griddle pan. I find it tedious and time-consuming to clean up.

Is peri-peri chicken healthy?

Peri-Peri is high in vitamins and minerals, as well as having metabolism-boosting and healing effects. Vitamin C is abundant in the green variety. The red variety has more Vitamin A than a fresh carrot, and the carotene concentration is increased by sun drying.

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Nando’s Peri-Peri Chicken

by Nabeela Kauser
This Nando’s peri peri chicken recipe is succulent, spicy, and flavourful! This Nando's peri peri chicken recipe not only tastes great, but it also looks amazing. 
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine South African
Servings 2
Calories 1078 kcal



  • First step is to spatchcock the chicken. Turn the chicken breast side down to remove the backbone. Cut either side of the backbone with a sharp pair of scissors or a knife.
  • Remove the backbone, then turn the chicken over and push down until you hear a crack.
  • Set the chicken aside and then mix all the ingredients into a blender to form the marinade.
  • Add half of the marinade and rub the mixture into the chicken on both sides – it is very important that the marinade is spread everywhere to ensure maximum flavour then refrigerate for at least 1 hour, for best results try to leave it for 24 hours.
  • Place the marinated chicken onto a roasting tray lined with foil.
  • Drizzle the marinated chicken with oil.
  • Roast in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) gas mark 4 for 45 minutes – this will depend on the exact size of chicken that is used, and it is important that you adjust the cooking time as necessary,
  • Baste the chicken with the juices.
  • Allow the peri peri chicken to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.
  • You can serve this with a side of Nando’s spicy rice or Nando’s peri chips and enjoy!



Calories: 1078kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 72gFat: 81gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 286mgSodium: 1436mgPotassium: 892mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 722IUVitamin C: 23mgVitamin D: 1µgCalcium: 76mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Chicken, Food, Grilled, Nandos, Peri Peri, Recipe
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Sultana damree
Sultana damree
9 months ago

5 stars
Thanks for the recipe, just love it.

Dua Hussain
Dua Hussain
5 months ago

5 stars
That looks really tasty!

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