My first attempt of making a takeaway favourite at home was Nando’s peri-peri chicken with two regular sides of Macho peas and sweet potato wedges.
Ingredients needed to make Nando’s peri-peri chicken breast
- Chicken (duh!?)
- Nando’s Medium sauce
- Nando’s Perinaise
- Sriracha sauce
- Drizzle of olive oil (I used chilli oil, works just as well)
- Third of a cup of BBQ sauce
- Three tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Two tablespoons garlic powder
- One tablespoon onion powder
- Drizzle of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- One teaspoon yellow mustard sauce
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Dash of paprika
- Two teaspoons of pink / Himalayan salt
- Dash of black pepper
How to make the Nando’s peri-peri chicken
RINSE YOUR CHICKEN! Please for the love of the people who will be eating that chicken… RINSE. THE CHICKEN!
Place washed chicken (I’m a breast gal, ’cause I have none) into bowl with all the above ingredients. Mix well and leave to set in tupperware overnight (to soak all the flavours).
When ready to cook, turn the grill on a high heat (this will give you great char-marks). Spray your favourite cooking oil onto it so the chickens don’t stick…
Place the chicken on the hot grill and toss every few minutes until there are char marks. (You really don’t want to burn them or overcook them. Keep mindful and foccused.)
Ingredients you’ll need for macho pears
You’ll need these ingredients for Macho Peas:
- Handful of frozen peas (obvs)
- Teaspoon of butter
- Finely chopped red chilli (I also used green ones because I find those spicier)
- Finely chopped fresh parsley
- Finely chopped mint
- Salt and pepper
How to make the macho peas
Cook the peas in salted water for around four and a half minutes, then drain.
Remove a third of the peas, place in a bowl for mashing (you can use a fork for this), leave to the side.
Melt a teaspoon of butter in a pan, heat the two-thirds of unmashed peas, add chilli, parsley and mint.
Take unmashed peas off the hob, transfer pan of peas into bowl of mashed peas before mixing thoroughly.
Season with slat and pepper, adding extra mint or parsley for garnish.
Ingredients you’ll need for sweet potato wedges
- Sweet potatoes (of course!)
- Olive Oil
- Pinch of Salt
How to make the sweet potato wedges
Remove the skin of the sweet-potatoes.
Chop sweet potatoes and place in bowl.
Add olive oil, paprika and honey with a pinch of salt to the sweet potatoes, mix.
Place in oven on high heat for 20 minutes.
TIP: cook the sweet potatoes and chicken at the same time to ensure your food isn’t cold. Prepare the marinade for the chicken, leave it overnight to soak. Make sure the chopped sweet potatoes go in with the chicken to cook, leaving you time to do the Macho peas.
Voila! You’ll now be ready to serve! Enjoy.
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