Piri Piri Chicken

Chicken Piri Piri is a dish made popular by Nandos Restaurants all over the world. Although Nandos has its origin in south Africa with a Portuguese-Mozambican flair ; Piri Piri (Swahili for pepper pepper) is actually a kind of chilli  grown in Nigeria and several other African countries.  Recipes for the sauce vary across the board, here is our version;


  • 2 Tablespoons blended fresh basil ( Efinrin)
  • ½ red onion (chopped)
  •  2 cloves of garlic
  • 4  fresh Peri Peri  chillies ( I used dried)
  • 1 teaspoon  paprika powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 table spoons vinegar


Combine all the ingredients in a blender, puree to a smooth paste.

piri piri sauce

For my version of Peri Peri chicken, I used the sauce as a finisher. Made simple over roasted chicken using this recipe and then tossed the cooked chicken with the sauce.

Have you been to Nandos? what is your favorite thing to eat there?