Nandos Chicken and Rice A Flavorful Journey to Peri-Peri Paradise

If you're a fan of bold and spicy flavors, Nando's Peri-Peri chicken is likely a familiar delight. Originating in South Africa and now beloved worldwide, Nando's has a reputation for its fiery and flavorful dishes. In this exclusive article, we'll take you on a culinary journey to explore the magic of Nando's-style chicken paired with perfectly cooked rice.

Nandos Chicken and Rice, A Flavorful Journey to Peri-Peri Paradise
Nandos Chicken and Rice, A Flavorful Journey to Peri-Peri Paradise.

The Peri-Peri Magic:

Nando's secret sauce, Peri-Peri, is at the heart of its distinct flavor. It's a blend of African bird's eye chili, herbs, and other spices that creates a harmonious balance of heat and savory goodness. This signature sauce is what sets Nando's apart.

-Recipe: Nando's-Style Peri-Peri Chicken with Rice


-For the Peri-Peri Chicken:

- 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

- 1/4 cup of Nando's Peri-Peri sauce (adjust to your preferred spice level)

- 2 cloves of garlic, minced

- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

- Salt and black pepper to taste

-For the Rice:

- 1 cup of long-grain white rice

- 2 cups of water or chicken broth

- 1/2 teaspoon of salt

- 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric (for color)


1. Marinate the Chicken:

   - In a bowl, mix the Peri-Peri sauce, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Coat the chicken thighs with this marinade, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or longer for a more intense flavor).

2. Prepare the Rice:

   - In a medium saucepan, rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Drain.

   - Add the rinsed rice, water (or chicken broth), salt, and turmeric to the saucepan.

  - Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Fluff the rice with a fork.

3. Grill the Chicken:

   - Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

   - Grill the marinated chicken thighs for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until they are fully cooked with beautiful grill marks and crispy skin. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C).

4. Serve and Enjoy:

  - Plate the perfectly grilled Peri-Peri chicken thighs alongside a generous portion of the vibrant turmeric-infused rice.

-Savoring the Flavors:

Nando's-style Peri-Peri chicken with rice is a celebration of bold, spicy, and aromatic flavors. It's an invitation to explore the culinary wonders of South Africa and experience the magic of Peri-Peri in your own kitchen. Enjoy every fiery, flavorful bite, and transport your taste buds to Peri-Peri paradise.

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