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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!

29 comments on “How We Had Nando’s At Home!”

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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!!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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.

  12. 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 |

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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!!

  17. 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

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

  19. 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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