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Peri Peri Chicken Wings (Nandos Fakeaway)

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Try this Nandos fakeaway chicken wings recipe, with a simple homemade Peri Peri marinade.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
£0.89
Makes: 4
mains, Snack
Portuguese
Chicken Wings, Peri Peri, Peri Peri Chicken
Freezable

Table of Contents

  1. Why make this at home
  2. How we achieve the Nandos vibe
  3. Ingredients
  4. How to make this recipe
  5. FAQ

Why make this at home

Chicken wings are one of the most affordable ‘cuts’ of chicken, so when thinking of a recipe to feature chicken wings, immediately I thought about the famous Peri Peri chicken wings from Nandos. 

This is the first Nandos fakeaway recipe I attempted and I think it’s worth making for many reasons. 

  1. The peri peri marinade is so so simple, with only a handful of ingredients added to a blender.
  2. Chicken wings are so cheap to buy from the supermarket.
  3. It can be prepped in under 3 minutes. That’s faster than a delivery driver. 

    Close up shot of Peri Peri chicken wings

How we achieve the Nandos vibe

The distinguishing features of Nandos Peri Peri wings for me are :

 

  1. The spicy, smoky marinade
  2. The grill marks 

The Peri Peri marinade comes together with a blend of chillies, garlic, honey, paprika, onion salt, lemon juice and rapeseed oil. 

To achieve the char lines/grill marks on the wings, we sear them in a griddle pan which gives us the BBQ chicken look and a smoky flavour.

Close up of Nando's chicken wings

Ingredients

Chicken Wings 

The star of this Nandos show. I try to look for the wings, that have the least hanging excess skin as this adds unnecessary fats. 

Red chillies 

The type of chili you use will depend on your spice preference. I used red chillies from a bag of mixed chillies from my local supermarket. I taste-test each chilli to test the spice and depending on the heat, I either deseeded or left the seeds in the blend. 

Garlic 

Heavy on the garlic for the best Peri Peri marinade. 

Fresh Parsley 

Slightly unconventional, but this adds flavour and brightness. 

Lemon 

For acidity to cut through the rich fatty flavours of the Peri Peri chicken. 

Rapeseed oil 

We’re using a high heat, when searing the chicken wings on the grill, so we want to use an oil with a high smoke point. 

Honey 

This adds sweetness to balance out all the other flavours in this recipe. It also helps the Peri Peri wings to caramelise and crisp up in the oven. 

Seasoning 

Paprika, onion salt, oregano. Winning combination for this nandos chicken. 

Overhead shot of ingredients for Peri Peri chicken

Other chicken recipes you could try…

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Chicken thigh curry 

Lemon and Thyme Chicken Thigh Tray Bake 

How to make this recipe

“Preheat oven to 180°C while charring the chicken pieces.

Using a food processor, start by blending the red chillies (deseeded if you like a mild heat), half of the olive oil, oregano, paprika, lemon juice and onion salt.

Red chillies, minced garlic and tomato paste added to a blender

Once you have a smooth consistency this will form the Peri Peri marinade.

Sauce blended together

Using a large mixing bowl, coat the chicken wings in the peri peri sauce, using tongs to evenly distribute. Cover the bowl with cling film and pop in the fridge to marinade for a minimum of 1 hour/or if you have time for up to 24 hours.

Chicken wings mixed with sauce in large metal bowl

Now add 1 tbsp of oil into a griddle pan on a high heat and allow the pan to get hot. Start frying the chicken wings in batches, for 2- 4 minutes on one side of the wing (to start browning) and then transfer to a foil lined baking sheet. We’re only aiming to char one side.

Chicken wings frying on griddle and turned with tongs

Add the honey and remaining oil to the bowl with the marinade in. Using an oil brush, over the wings with the contents of this bowl. Place the baking tray into the oven to cook for 20 minutes, or until the juices of the chicken run clear.

Chicken wings cooked and golden brown on baking tray

Serve with your favourite chicken wing dip and a dollop a mayo.

FAQ

How long should I cook chicken wings in the oven at 180°C?

We sear the chicken wings first before adding them into the oven. This reduces the cook time slightly to 20 minutes of oven time. 

Do I have to marinade the chicken wings ahead of time or can I cook them straight away?

It’s best if you can marinade the chicken ahead of time as this achieves the most flavoursome Peri Peri chicken wings. This is because the aromatics/flavour of the marinade have more time to absorb into the chicken wings, meaning the chicken wings will be more seasoned throughout. 

However if you’re really in a rush, you’ll still get a tasty result by grilling straight away. 

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

I’d marinade ahead of time (as mentioned above) then grill and bake as soon as you’re ready to eat. You want the chicken skin to be freshly grilled and baked for crispiness and you don’t want the meat to dry out when reheating. 

Can I grill these on the BBQ instead?

Absolutely! I use a griddle pan to make this recipe more accessible/ easier to make all year round, but by using a BBQ to grill the chicken you’ll get a really nice sear and smoky flavour.

What chillies are usually used in Peri Peri sauce?

Traditionally, bird’s eye chillies are used in Peri Peri sauces. You can definitely use these – I have just left the type of chilli up to you so you can determine the spice level of your wings. Bear in mind these chillies are really hot sometimes, so taste test before adding into your blender!

close up of chicken wings

Other ‘fakeaway’ recipes…

Chicken Katsu Curry 

Chicken Vermicelli Noodles

Healthy Chicken Tikka Masala 

 

Peri Peri Chicken Wings (Nandos Fakeaway)

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4.29 from 32 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
£0.89
mains, Snack
Portuguese
Chicken Wings, Peri Peri, Peri Peri Chicken
Freezable
Servings: 4
Try this Nandos fakeaway chicken wings recipe, with a simple homemade Peri Peri marinade.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg chicken wings (£2.11)
  • 3-4 red chillies, deseeded if you like less heat (£0.50)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced (£0.69/3)=(£0.23)
  • Handful of fresh parsley (£0.50)
  • ½ lemon, juiced (£0.20)

Cupboard Essentials

  • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • ½ tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C

  • Blend the red chillies (deseeded if you like a mild heat), half of the olive oil, oregano, paprika, lemon juice and onion salt in a food processor/blender to form the peri peri sauce.
  • In a large mixing bowl, coat the chicken wings in the peri peri sauce, using tongs to evenly distribute. Cover the bowl with cling film and pop in the fridge to marinade for a minimum of 1 hour/up to 24 hours.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil into a griddle pan on a high heat. Allow the pan to get hot before frying the chicken wings in batches, for 2- 4 minutes on one side of the wing before transferring to a foil lined baking sheet. We’re only aiming to char one side.
  • Add the honey and remaining oil to the bowl with the marinade in and using an oil brush, stir to create the final coating for the wings. Brush the wings with the contents of this bowl.
  • Transfer the tray into the oven to cook for 20 minutes, or until the juices of the chicken run clear. Serve with your favourite chicken wing dip, I hate to be repetitive but mine is of course, mayo.

Nutrition

Servings: 4 servings
Fat: 50g
Calories: 740kcal
Carbohydrates: 6g
Protein: 65g

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