Peri-Peri Chicken Breast: A Spicy Delight

Are you craving the mouthwatering flavors of Nando’s famous butterfly chicken breast? Look no further! We’ve got a recipe that will help you recreate this spicy and delicious dish in the comfort of your own home.

Nando’s recipes have gained worldwide popularity for their simplicity and incredible taste. With dining out becoming more uncertain these days, it’s no wonder that everyone wants to recreate their favorite restaurant dishes at home. And lucky for you, our homemade peri-peri butterfly chicken breast recipe is one of the simplest copycat recipes out there.

Nando's Butterfly Chicken

Mastering the Peri-Peri Marinade

While you could marinate the chicken in bottled peri-peri sauce, we’ve got a better idea. Let’s make our own peri-peri sauce! All you need is lemon juice, olive oil, sweet and smoked paprika powder, chili flakes, garlic, dried oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper. Combine these ingredients in a bowl and stir them together until well mixed.

Butterflying the Chicken Breast

To prepare the chicken breast, place it on a cutting board with a kitchen towel underneath to prevent it from slipping. With one hand on top, carefully slice the breast in half horizontally without cutting all the way through. Then, gently flatten the breast with a meat tenderizer until it is evenly thick.

Butterflying Chicken Breast

Marinating Time

Once you have butterflied the chicken breasts, place them in a large dish in a single layer. Brush them generously with half of the peri-peri marinade, flip them, and brush the other side as well. Ideally, let them marinate for at least 2 hours, but if you’re short on time, even 15 minutes will infuse the chicken with incredible flavor.

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Cooking Nando’s Chicken

Now comes the fun part – cooking the peri-peri chicken! Heat a griddle pan on the stove, or if you don’t have one, a cast-iron skillet or regular pan will do just fine. Brush the pan with a teaspoon of oil and once hot, cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side, depending on its thickness. Be careful not to overcook it; the thin pieces only need a few minutes. To ensure it’s cooked through, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature, which should reach 74 degrees Celsius or 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Serving Suggestions

Nando’s butterfly chicken pairs perfectly with fries, oven-baked potato wedges, red cabbage slaw, green salad, carrot salad, or Macho peas. You can even create a delicious Nando-style burger by adding mayo, ketchup, spicy sauce, salad leaves, onions, and tomato slices to a bun.

Leftover Magic

If you happen to have leftovers, don’t worry – they won’t go to waste. Enjoy them cold, reheat them in a bun with your favorite sauce, or make wraps or pita pocket sandwiches. You can also slice the chicken and use it to create a tasty salad with greens, grated carrots, onions, and your choice of vinaigrette or yogurt dressing.

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