How We Had Nando's at home - peri-peri medium chicken marinade

How We Had Nando’s At Home!

Before we start I have to admit I have never seen the fuss with Nando’s! (I know I know, let the hate begin)

Maybe it is because I don’t live near enough to a restaurant to make it “a thing” or maybe out of principle of not wanting to be a “cheeky Nando’s” – er –  I refused to go. Either way I have never had a Nando’s (don’t judge me!)

Anyway, I was out shopping with my dad and he picked up a Nando’s Marinade sauce for his chicken – this from the man who is a bit of a hermit and doesn’t really do restaurants (and can also be a bit of a cheapskate – “60p soap, I’m not paying those prices”) so I figured – if he was making the effort I had to see what all the fuss is about!

*The husband wants me to inform you at this point that he thinks Nando’s is very tasty and is annoyed he could not convince me to try it*

So this is what I picked up: “Nando’s Peri-Peri Medium Marinade” – we went for the middle ground because i’m spicy enough already :p

Nando's Medium Peri-Peri chicken marinade


The Prep

There are a couple of ways you can use this sauce and we opted (as it was intended) to use it as a marinade – although it does say you can stir fry it too so that’s something to think about! The only downside to this is that you have to leave it overnight which annoyed the boys because they wanted it now!! so I stuffed other food in their faces while it marinaded overnight. We used around half the bottle for 500g chicken and left in an airtight (ish) container overnight – look how good we are sticking to  the instructions (gold star please!)  – not going to lie raw marinaded chicken looks naaasty!

Eww raw marinated chicken


The Cooking

Okay so I have to admit, I didn’t actually do the cooking on this one (don’t roll your eyes!) – the husband was in charge (ish) and after (not) reading the label correctly (no gold star for him) we ended up frying the chicken rather than grilling or BBQ like it suggests on the bottle – ah well you can’t have everything!

Sizzle Sizzle Nando's Chicken at home

Paired with 

I heard that they have sweet potato wedges at Nando’s so we decided to make a real copycat meal of it – since nobody has time to make our own sweet potato wedges (*cough we forgot) we settled for plain old sweet potato chunks (and veg).

Soooo, How did it taste?

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, and really enjoyed mine. Even though we fried it, the marinate didn’t dry up too much and left a bit of dippy sauce for the sweet potato which was nice.

One thing to note – maybe it was the way we cooked it – but we didn’t think it was that spicy and the husband said that it wasn’t as strong as the in house “Medium Spice”. If you are really looking for that kick then I recommend going for the hot version.

I don’t think i’ll risk it though and to be honest it was really tasty and a pretty healthy meal all round. I’ve definitely found a new way to make chicken interesting!!

Yum! Nando's chicken
Yes Mum I ate more vegetables! – but heaped plates don’t make for a pretty picture!!

I think the next step for us is to try it with a stir fry and see how it fairs, plus I hear that they have other flavours! So,  watch this space!

Voila! That’s how we had Nando’s at home! Do you love Nando’s ? Which product shall we try next?!

*We were not compensated in anyway for this post, I bought the product – enjoyed it and wanted to share our experience – all thoughts, opinions and love are my own!

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Written by Charlotte

Founder at The Mummy Toolbox


  • Eileen Kelly (#)
    March 30th, 2016

    I have not heard of Nandos before. It looks like a great marinade. I am going to have to seak it out my next grocery store trip. My family loves marinated chicken

  • April (#)
    March 29th, 2016

    I have never tried it but now I am dying to.

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  • Midgie (#)
    March 28th, 2016

    It looks lovely, going to have to give this a go. THe Peachicks love spicy food and the husband is always moaning that I never make spicy stuff the way he wants to! Reckon I shall be taking a bottle of this on our holidayys!

  • Toughcookiemommy (#)
    March 27th, 2016

    I really like all the different ways that this sauce can be used. My husband loved bold flavors so I know that he would enjoy his food being enhanced by this sauce.

  • Megan mccoig (#)
    March 27th, 2016

    Omg I love Nando’s! This is so fab to know you can do it at home – thanks for sharing!

  • CourtneyLynne (#)
    March 26th, 2016

    I have never heard of Nando’s before but after seeing this omg!!! So need to give this sauce a try!

  • Yona Williams (#)
    March 26th, 2016

    I’ve never heard of Nando’s , but I did hear of Peri-Peri Chicken, and I don’t know where. I love your pop art/comic book word blurbs on your photos.

  • Stacey (#)
    March 26th, 2016

    Nando’s is a new one to me. But sounds like it is a favorite of many. Yum!

  • laura londergan (#)
    March 25th, 2016

    I have never heard or tried anything from Nando’s – I guess they don’t have it where I live but it looks like it would be good 😉

  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy (#)
    March 25th, 2016

    I’ve never heard of nando’s! I am going to look for it next time I’m shopping. Sounds like a fab product & so easy to use too. I love your disclaimer at the bottom – it’s crazy that we have to justify writing something just because we enjoyed it – but I do the same thing! Thanks so much for hosting #YumTum x

  • Sadhna Grover (#)
    March 25th, 2016

    Good try of Nando’s kitchen at home.This peri peri sauce and Nando’s is very famous in South Africa.I have never tasted because I am vegetarian

  • jill conyers (#)
    March 25th, 2016

    I’ve never heard of this company but the products sound great. A delicious way to do something a little different with chicken.

  • Amanda Love (#)
    March 25th, 2016

    We don’t have a Nando’s but I visited one while I was in London and the food was amazing. I had the chicken dinner with the spicy rice and LOVED it!!

  • michele (#)
    March 25th, 2016

    I hate even touching raw chicken, but love the taste of it. This sauce sounds really good, I will have to look for it in our markets!!

  • Debra (#)
    March 25th, 2016

    I have actually never heard of this before, but now I am intrigued! I am going to have to check it out.

  • Mariah (#)
    March 25th, 2016

    Chicken is always a good dinner, this looks quite tasty!

  • Amber Nelson (#)
    March 25th, 2016

    That looks really good. I bet my kids would eat this!

  • Marilyn (#)
    March 24th, 2016

    I am from the States so I never heard of Nando’s i do like a good marinated chicken though, usually teriyaki. I fry that too. But I call it sautee so my kids will eat it. I need to up my game! This sounda delish.

  • Karen (#)
    March 24th, 2016

    Never heard of Nandos. I wonder if its a regional thing. Anyway – looks like you made the most of it and your hubs cooked a delish dinner! Try more of the Nandos since you had a great start with it!
    Karen |

  • Michelle Myers (#)
    March 24th, 2016

    I’ve never heard of Nandos but I’m all for trying new things! This looks like a fun and easy weeknight recipe, I’ll have to search for the marinade!

  • Gina (#)
    March 24th, 2016

    I’m not much of a chicken eater. But, hubby loves the stuff. And anything with spice is something he’d love. I haven’ heard of this brand, probably because I’m in the states. But, I’ll mention it to him. He loves trying new hot sauces!

  • Emma (#)
    March 24th, 2016

    Yum – I love the lemon herb one 🙂 me and hubby are the other way around – he isn’t fussed, I like Nandos 🙂

  • LaKita (#)
    March 24th, 2016

    I have not heard of Nando’s marinade, but this meal looks so easy to make and delicious!

  • Heather lawrence (#)
    March 24th, 2016

    I have never heard or seen Nando’s here in Canada.
    It looks like it would be quite delicious.. maybe a little spicy?
    And I have to admit.. marinating chicken does look gross. LOL!!

  • Georgina (#)
    March 24th, 2016

    I have only ever been to Nandos and don’t see what all the fuss is about! However I have also used this sauce and grilled with it, very yummy indeed. Maybe it’s time to hear up tonight’s dinner (or rather tomorrow’s) with some piri piri 🙂 thanks for sharing #YumTum

  • Lisa/SyncopatedMama (#)
    March 24th, 2016

    Hooray for a successful meal! I’ve never encountered Nando’s on any of my trips, but it sounds tasty!

  • Robin Masshole Mommy (#)
    March 24th, 2016

    Now I want to go get some so I can marinade some chicken! It sounds absolutely delicious.

  • Sarah James (#)
    March 24th, 2016

    I love Nandos although we don’t go very often. We started going as a compromise, I really don’t like beef burgers unless they’re homemade so OH & I ended up at Nandos for lunch one day. I like the hummus & pitta & salads. I’ve never tried a Nandos marinade but it looks very tasty & like you say you had a healthy meal. I’ll be on the look out for some next time I’m in the UK & I’ll make sure I pick up a hot marinade x

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