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Peri rice in a bowl sprinkled with Coriander

Best Nando’s Spicy Peri Peri Rice

Best Nando’s Spicy peri peri rice - Who doesn’t love a cheeky Nandos? Who doesn’t love Peri Peri Chicken and Rice? I am a big fan of Nandos and love to recreate the recipes at home. Here is how you can recreate it at home.

Serve alongside Peri Peri or Piri Piri Chicken, Roast Meat dishes, Roast Veg, Coleslaw and even Kebabs. It is quick to make too and ready to eat in 20 minutes! The rice in this recipe is lightly spiced and subtly smoky and is packed full of flavour.

Course Lunch, Side
Cuisine African
Keyword Nandos, Peri, Peri Peri Rice
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 390 kcal
Author Safira


  • 2 tbsp Oil Sunflower, Veg or Olive
  • 1/2 large Onion Or Red onion, diced
  • Salt
  • 2 Garlic Cloves finely sliced
  • 1 Green Chilli Sliced
  • ½ Green Pepper Cut into cubes
  • ½ tsp Smoked Paprika Powder Any variety will work - Smoked/Sweet
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 200 g Plum Tomatoes from a tin, pureed
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock or Boiling Water with crushed Stock Cubes (800g)
  • 1 ½ tbsp Peri Peri Sauce
  • 1 cup Rice 200g
  • 450 ml Chicken Stock or Veg Stock or Water
  • 1 Lemon Juice only
  • Coriander Leaves to garnish


  1.  Heat the oil in a heavy pot and add Onion, and Salt. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat till a light golden brown.

  2. Stir in Peppers, Garlic and Chilli. Cook for 5 minutes before adding Spices - Smoked Paprika, Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper.

  3. Pour in the pureed Tomatoes and Peri Peri Sauce.

  4. Add the Rice and Chicken Stock.  

  5. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and turn the heat down to low. Cook for 10 mins.

  6. Turn the heat off and leave the lid on. After 10 minutes, remove the lid and stir through Lemon and Coriander.  

Recipe Notes

Variations and Substitutions

There are a few ways to make this recipe your own:

  • Substitute the Peri Sauce for additional pureed Plum Tomatoes.
  • Add other Vegetables such as Green Peas and Corn.
  • You can cook the rice in a pressure cooker such as the instant pot or ninja foodi to make it super speedy.
  • You can add a tbsp of peri peri seasoning to the rice to add another layer of flavour. 

how to serve peri peri rice

The most obvious and popular way to serve this rice dish is the way Nandos do it!

  • Serve it as a side dish alongside grilled meat such as Chicken Thighs, Chicken Breasts and Chicken Quarters. Serve with a other sides such as a crunchy Salad with a drizzle of Oil,  Corn on the Cob, Creamed Corn, Sweet Potato Wedges, Coleslaw.
  • To make it a Vegetarian meal, serve with halloumi Cheese.
  • A great way to serve this recipe is as a rice bowl. I add it to a bowl alongside chicken and vegetables.
  • You can also make a peri peri rice bake or peri peri chicken fried rice by adding chopped & cooked small pieces of chicken to the recipe in a frying pan and cooking it all together over medium-high heat. The cooking time will be very short. Around 5 minutes.

Tips for making the best Peri Peri Rice

Pre soak the rice for 20 - 30 minutes beforehand. As well as the other benefits, this also helps shorten cooking time and helps keep the grains seperate.

Taste the stock water before adding Salt as the stock may already be salted.

How to use leftover Peri Rice

This Vegetarian Peri Peri Rice can be made as a bake, as chicken fried rice

storage instructions 

If you have leftovers, allow to cool completely and then store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

It can be eaten cold or warmed up. If you do warm it up, make sure it is piping hot before serving.

how to freeze

Once completely cooled, place in an airtight container and freeze for up to a month.

To defrost, take the rice out of the freezer and leave it in on the countertop for an hour or in the fridge for a few hours.

Reheat in the microwave or on over medium low heat on the hob till piping hot. If you notice that you have dry rice, add a splash of water when reheating. 

Is Peri peri rice healthy?

Yes it is. Not only does in contain delicious veggies, it also is packed full of vitamins and minerals. See full details re nutrition info below.

Nutrition Facts
Best Nando’s Spicy Peri Peri Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.03g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 550mg24%
Potassium 627mg18%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 538IU11%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.