As a family we love Nandos but when 3 of you are eating adult sized meals with sides it can become quite expensive so to quench our desire for spicy chicken I started to experiment with spices and ingredients to recreate our favourite Nandos dishes at home. I’ll admit that they don’t taste exactly the same, how could they? I don’t own the fancy kitchen equipment that Nandos does but both myself and the rest of the Gourmand clan seem to like my cheats Nandos and it costs a fraction of the price which is always a bonus.
I use chicken thighs to create my Nandos chicken as I find it has more flavour, the trick I think to get the authentic taste is to leave the chicken in a marinade overnight.
To make the marinade you will need:
The juice of one large lemon
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tsp black pepper
Pop everything into a pestle and mortar and crush to release the flavours, pop into a freezer bag with the chicken and chill overnight.
Remove the chicken from the marinade before cooking and place in an ovenproof dish, cover with foil and cook for around 15 minutes, remove the foil and continue to cook for around a further 10 minutes .
The spicy rice is really tasty but not as authentic as the Nandos version because I add sweetcorn to mine to give it a bit of crunch.
To make the rice you will need:
1 chopped red pepper
1 chopped green pepper
2 spring onions sliced
1 green chilli finely diced
1/2 tin of sweetcorn
1 tbsp vegetable oil
enough cooked rice for 4 people cooked in chicken stock
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp soy sauce
Tabasco sauce to taste
Fry the peppers in the oil until softened, add the green chilli and spring onion and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the sweetcorn, rice, lime juice and soy sauce and fry until the rice is cooked through. Add the tabasco sauce to taste.
The mash is a basic mashed potato with added butter and cream to give it a creamy taste, I find it’s always better to make it in advance and heat up just before serving.