Nando’s Spicy Rice

Nando's Spicy Rice

5 from 16 votes
Tastes just like Nando’s spicy rice, this rice recipe is so simple to make. A one-pot rice recipe that is packed with flavour. Serve with peri chicken for a true Nando’s meal.

Want to make some homemade Nando’s? Then this Nando’s spicy rice recipe is just for you! The best part? It’s a one-pot rice recipe so no clutter of dishes and pans to look forward to washing at the end.

Tasty, mildly spicy and healthy, this popular dish is perfectly paired alongside some chicken or substantially good that it can be eaten even on its own.

This popular recipe is so easy to make that you’ll never even bother with plain old, boiled rice anymore. An authentic homemade Nando’s rice recipe that will surely become a family favourite.

I am a big fan of Nando’s food. There is just something about that gorgeous peri-spiced chicken that you can’t get anywhere else. Not only do I adore their famous chicken, but I love their Nando’s spicy rice.

Now, if you have been following my food blog for a while now you would know that rice is one of my favourite meals to have. This rice recipe is another one of my favourites!

This is my first recipe for recreating Nando’s food at home. After a lot of trial and error, I can proudly say that this rice recipe is the perfect copycat of the famous Nando’s side.

Definitely going to be making a lot more of Nando’s recipes, so be sure to stay around!

This recipe is very different to my typical rice recipes which range from pilaus to biryanis as it is a lot more vibrant in colour and is loaded with my all-time favourite vegetable. Yep, you guessed it. Bell peppers! If you haven’t gathered by now capsicum is very much loved by me. I would use this vegetable in everything I could.

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Nando’s Spicy Rice

by Nabeela Kauser
Tastes just like the Nando’s spicy rice, this rice recipe is so simple to make. A one-pot rice recipe that is packed with flavour. Serve with a side of peri chicken for a true Nando’s meal.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine South African
Servings 4
Calories 280 kcal



  • Add the olive oil into the pan and heat on medium heat until hot
  • Add the finely diced onion and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the finely chopped bell pepper and green chilli then cook for a further 4-5 minutes
  • Add the finely chopped garlic cloves and cook for 1-2 minutes on medium heat
  • Add the salt, turmeric powder, cayenne powder and paprika then cook the spices for 1-2 minutes
  • Add the canned tomatoes then cook for another 4-5 minutes on medium heat
  • Drain the soaked rice and the cold water then stir before cooking for 8-10 minutes on high heat until the water is almost dried up
  • Add the lemon juice and finely chopped coriander then cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes
  • Serve immediately alongside some peri chicken and enjoy!



Calories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 633mgPotassium: 307mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1540IUVitamin C: 52mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Fried Rice, Nandos, Spicy
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3 months ago

5 stars
I am having guests in two weeks and apart from myself one couple is South African so want to try and impress them with a Nandos recipe (will make your PeriPeri chicken) x I am so impressed with your detailed videos – they are very clear and well explained. I wondered if, for the peri peri chicken, could I instead use chicken pieces and would I need to alter the cooking time? There will be 8 hungry adults so may need to cook another protein dish. Do you have any ideas please. Thank you so much Nabeela. Delish ??

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