If you love rice, then our slimming-friendly Nando’s Spicy Rice will be a big hit whether you’re counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
This recipe tastes just like the rice you get from Nando’s, so much so, it’s uncanny!
If you love rice recipes, why not try some of our other rice recipes?
How many Calories are in this Nando’s Spicy Rice?
There are 384 calories in each portion of our Slimming friendly Nando’s Spicy Rice. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.
This Nando’s Spicy Rice is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Nando’s Spicy Rice suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Stock cubes
You could also enjoy this Nando’s Spicy Rice if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Nando’s Spicy Rice?
There are 11 Points in this rice recipe.
If you wanted to cut down the amount of points, you could halve the portion and have it as a smaller accompaniment to a meal.
How to make this Nando’s Spicy Rice
This recipe is sooooo quick and easy to make! Here’s a summary;
- Add the vegetables and spices to a large frying pan and cook on a low heat
- Add the rice
- Pour in the stock
- Stir and cover with a lid
- Mix in the peas and cook until the stock is absorbed
- Serve on its own or as an accompaniment to a dish of your choice
What should you should serve with Nando’s Spicy Rice?
Any of the following go really well with this rice. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything, and is also a great BBQ accompaniment!
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Nando’s Spicy Rice?
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You really don’t need anything special to make this recipe – it’s a great way to use up some vegetables and makes a really quick dinner.
If you don’t already have a large frying pan then it’s worth investing in one – you can get one from most supermarkets, or from Amazon.
Can you cook Nando’s Spicy Rice another way?
This recipe is quick and easy using the method below – it’s not suitable for other methods of cooking.
How do you know when Nando’s Spicy Rice is cooked?
This recipe is ready when the rice is tender, and the vegetables have softened.
This recipe should take about 25 minutes to make.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Nando’s Spicy Rice in the fridge?
Freezing and reheating rice is often a concern for a lot of people, and it’s one of the things we get asked about quite frequently.
As we all know you can get food poisoning from eating reheated rice, but, it’s not actually the reheating that can cause issues, it is, in fact, the way that the rice has been stored beforehand where the problem begins.
Without getting too technical uncooked rice can contain spores that are resistant to heat and can survive the cooking process. If cooked rice is left standing at room temperature these spores can grow into bacteria. At this point, the bacteria will be destroyed by reheating the rice thoroughly.
If you intend keeping any leftover rice dishes then you should do the following:
Cool the rice as quickly as possible (ideally within one hour) then fridge or freeze it immediately. You can split larger portions up into smaller batches to cool quicker.
Freeze as soon as the rice is cold.
Reheat and use any leftover rice (stored in the fridge) within one day.
When you reheat any rice, always check it is steaming hot all the way through.
Don’t reheat cooked rice more than once.
For more information about reheating rice please take a look at the NHS website.
Can I freeze Nando’s Spicy Rice?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! There is more information above with regards to freezing rice.
How do I reheat Nando’s Spicy Rice?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 3-5 minutes until piping hot.
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Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!