What isn’t there to love about a cheeky Nando’s? It’s a go-to for a catch up with friends, a date night with your other half or for a family dining experience. We are all having withdrawals from not being able to head to our local intu and have our favourite peri-peri chicken order but more than that, we are missing the whole in-restaurant experience that is Nando’s; from the ice machine, to the flavour markers, to the sauce station.
When it comes to Nando’s everyone has their own must-have dish and we will show you how to recreate those famous Nando’s peri-peri dishes as a fakeaway, plus some hints on what you can do to really bring that Afro-Portuguese experience to your own kitchen table!
The chicken (no matter how spicy you have it) is the staple of any Nando’s plate, but want to know how can you make your chicken at home tasty, juicy and have a crispy skin? Try this…
- Pre-heat the oven to 200 C / 180 C Fan / Gas 6.
- Take your chicken pieces of choice (on the bone works best) and remove any moisture by patting with a paper kitchen towel.
- With a sharp knife, carefully score the chicken skin.
- Rub a little olive oil over the chicken, then use a full packet of Nando’s peri-peri rub to coat your chicken. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for 30 mins – 1 hour.
- Place the chicken onto a hot dry griddle pan or non-stick frying pan, skin side down. Leave for 3 minutes each side until the skin begins to crisp.
- Finally, place the chicken pieces onto a tray and bake in the oven for around 25 minutes.
Now you’ve perfected the chicken, don’t forget to add those flavour markers in to spot the different spice levels so you know which yours is when it comes to eat it – we all have our own go to order after all!
The flavour markers
Live in a household where you all like a different spice level? Then why not use a handful of cocktail sticks and sticky labels to brand your chicken with its level of spice. You don’t want those orders getting mixed up!
Now the chicken is sorted, it’s time to build your meal with your favourite combo of sides! Here’s a few tips to transform basic supermarket buys and store cupboard staples.
The peri salted chips
Let’s be honest, the peri-salted chips are everyone’s favourite side and you’ll be pleased to know they are easier to recreate at home than you may think.
- Heat up a portion of classic straight cut oven chips (Psst! Nando’s use actual McCain chips in their restaurants, so hit your local freezer aisle to grab a bag)
- Dust with a generous covering of Nando’s Peri-salt, and voila!
Can’t find peri-salt at your local supermarket? Simply crush together some table salt, hot paprika, garlic powder, white pepper, mixed herbs and a touch of chilli powder for a delicious dupe!
The spicy rice
Transform that lonely pouch of microwave rice from the back of your kitchen cupboard into a mouth-watering Nando’s style spicy rice dish.
- Fry up finely diced onions and red pepper in an oiled pan.
- Once softened, add in cumin, turmeric, paprika, chilli flakes, a handful of frozen peas and a vegetable stock cube (premixed with water)
- Add in your pouch of heated microwaveable rice and stir until any liquid has evaporated and serve.
The macho peas
Because we all need to eat our greens, even in isolation. Raid your spice rack and give your frozen peas a macho twist. If you’re looking to stay healthy, discover some more low calories Nandos options here.
- Boil your frozen peas until just about ready to serve.
- Place a quarter of the peas into a bowl, along with parsley, mint, fresh chilli or flakes, a pinch of salt and a touch of olive oil or melted butter. Mash with a fork.
- Stir your crushed pea concoction in with the rest of your cooked drained whole peas, coating them in this fresh minty drizzle and serve!
The creamy mash
The ultimate comfort food we all want to eat by the bucketload right now, but can we make it as creamy as Nando’s very own creamy mash? We’ll certainly give it a good go! Follow these four easy steps to re-create it at home.
- Boil your chopped and peeled potatoes for around 15 mins or until soft enough to split with a fork. (Use starchy potatoes e.g. Russets to make the best mash)
- Drain the potatoes and mash together with a generous helping of salted butter.
- Stir in a cup of warm whole milk gradually until the desired consistency is achieved!
- Scoop your mash into little ramekins, flatten down and serve.
Now that the food is cooked, you’re almost ready to eat but to make your Nando’s fakeaway experience as authentic as possible you need to add these final few touches.
The sauce station
Set up a sauce station area with all your favourite bottled sauces, salt and pepper, peri-naise plus your cutlery and napkins for a proper Nando’s experience.
Top tip – Can’t find peri-naise at your local supermarket? Mix a little Nando’s hot sauce with a dollop of mayonnaise – thank us later!
Get that Nando’s soundtrack
Top off your Nando’s dining experience by playing those classic Cuban beats in your dining room whilst you eat. It will almost feel like you’re sat in your own local Nando’s!
Simply search: ‘Nandos soundtrack’ or ‘Cuban music’ on Spotify or YouTube for a truly tasty soundtrack to accompany your dinner.
Dreaming of the day you are re-united with Nando’s? Check out our definitive ranking of everything on the Nando’s menu’ so you’re ready to place your best order yet.