Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken
If you love the spicy flavours from Nando’s but want something more slimming friendly then this Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken recipe will fit the bill. It’s the perfect dinner if you are counting calories or points
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We love the spicy flavours of Nando’s which is why we came up with this slimming friendly Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken – it’s perfect if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
Our Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken is spicy, colourful and packed full with tons of flavour. It works well with a number of different accompaniments from chips and rice to coleslaw and mash!
We like our food with a little bit of heat, but this recipe can easily be adapted if you want more or less of a chilli kick – simply adjust the amount of chilli powder that you use!
What diets is this Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken suitable for?
This Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.
It should also be gluten free, but please double check the following ingredients;
- Onion/garlic granules (most brands are gluten free, but ingredients can vary so please do check)
Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
Do you need any special ingredients to make this Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken?
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We use something called Xanthan Gum. Xanthan Gum is a thickener and works a bit like cornflour. You add it to a liquid and it’ll thicken up, but you only need to add a little! Just 1/4 of a teaspoon works the same as 1 tbsp cornflour, so you’ll save a few calories.
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This Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken is really simple to make – you’ll need a good baking dish like this one from Amazon.
You can grab Xanthan Gum in the free from aisle of most supermarkets (it’s gluten free!) or you can also grab it from Amazon.
How many calories are in this Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken?
There are 244 calories per portion in this Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.
This Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken 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.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Remove any fat or skin from the chicken and place in a baking dish.
Chop the onions and peppers into large chunks and place in the baking dish. Spray with low calorie cooking spray.
Sprinkle over all the spices, xanthan gum and tomato puree all over the chicken and vegetables, and add the juice of the lemon. Mix to combine fully.
Place in the oven and cook for 40 minutes until the chicken is browned and cooked through. You may need to add a couple of tablespoons of water to the dish to make some extra sauce – it really depends on how much liquid comes out of the vegetables and chicken during the cooking process.
Serve with rice and a wedge of lemon!
What could I serve with this Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken?
This Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken works really well with a wide variety of accompaniment and especially with the following dishes:
How do you know when this Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken is cooked?
You should cook this Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken for around 40 minutes or until the chicken is browned and cooked through.
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 Peri Peri Chicken in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken?
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!
How do I reheat Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken?
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 5-7 minutes or until piping hot.
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Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken
If you love the spicy flavours from Nando's but want something more slimming friendly then this Nando's Peri Peri Chicken recipe will fit the bill. It's the perfect dinner if you are counting calories or points
- KCals 244
- Carbs 13G
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Remove any fat or skin from the chicken and place in a baking dish.
- Chop the onions and peppers into large chunks and place in the baking dish. Spray with low calorie cooking spray.
- Sprinkle over all the spices, xanthan gum and tomato purée all over the chicken and vegetable, and add the lemon juice. Mix to combine fully.
- Place in the oven and cook for 40 minutes until the chicken is browned and cooked through. You may need to add a couple of tablespoons of water to the dish to make some extra sauce - it really depends on how much liquid comes out of the vegetables and chicken during the cooking process.
- Serve with rice and a wedge of lemon!
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SandraWednesday 15th July 2020
hi could i use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs
LisaThursday 16th July 2020
Hi Sandra, yes you can. You might need to adjust the cooking time, depending on the size and thickness of the breasts. Hope you enjoy the recipe!
JuneWednesday 26th February 2020
Hi I made this last night and the ingredients was like a thick paste. What did I do wrong??
LisaThursday 21st May 2020
Hi June. If it is too thick, you can add a couple of tablespoons of water at step 4 to make more sauce.
RebeccaThursday 16th January 2020
Can I cook without the Xanthum gum?
Holly LevellTuesday 2nd June 2020
Hi Rebecca, We use the Xanthan Gum as a thickener and works a bit like cornflour. You could swap it out for cornflour though just alter the calories accordingly hope that helps!
SandyThursday 11th July 2019
Although I did use a screenshot, it was only for shopping list purposes. Would this sauce be ok on a whole chicken (with cooking time), and not burn?
Sharon FitzpatrickThursday 21st May 2020
Hi Sandy, we haven’t tried the spice mix on a whole chicken , but it should be fine. Please let us know how it goes!
Amy BWednesday 22nd May 2019
This was my first Pinch recipe…amazing!!
Geraldine Mc GrathSaturday 27th April 2019
Hi . I really want to try this but only have thighs with bone in. Could it still work? TIA
Emma TThursday 20th June 2019
Yes, it’ll be just as good! It might take a little longer to cook with the bones in ????
JAneSaturday 2nd March 2019
THis was awesome! Added extra veg, (mushrooms and courgette) will definitely be making again.
JackieSunday 22nd July 2018
2 tsp of purée does not seem enough.
LindaFriday 20th July 2018
Hi can this be made in the slow cooker
Carla Garner-DoveWednesday 6th June 2018
Can you use cornflower instead of the gum?
RosscoTuesday 22nd May 2018
I couldn’t find any Xantham Gum but this was delicious nonetheless. I added lot’s of halved cherry tomatoes for some extra moisture and covered in foil for the second half of the cooking. Paprika + Garlic Powder + Onion Powder is an easy combo I’ll be using again. Thank you 🙂
Philippa MurrayMonday 30th April 2018
Made this yesterday, was lush, had the rest of it tonight with carrot, cauli and peas yum. Will definitely be making it again. ????????
Helen CarrSunday 22nd April 2018
Can you use chicken breasts? If so would cooking gone be the same? Thanks x
LisaThursday 19th April 2018
Where can I get xanthum gum I’ve never heard of it ????
SarahWednesday 18th April 2018
Hi, I’m probably being blind but where does the tomato puree go in? Thanks
VerityTuesday 17th April 2018
Hi PON! Just wondering what happens if you don’t use the xanthan gum in the recipe? x
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