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Nando’s Butterfly Chicken

Nando’s butterfly chicken breast, spicy and delicious. One of the famous restaurant’s recipes, this peri-peri chicken is so easy to make at home.

sliced grilled nando's chicken breast with oven potatoes and dip.

Nando’s recipes are famous all around the world. And because they are all rather simple and incredibly delicious, everybody seems to want to make them at home. Especially during these times when going out to eat can’t be taken for granted anymore.

This peri-peri butterfly chicken breast is probably one of the simplest copycat recipes I have ever made. Only the McDonald’s sweet and sour sauce for nuggets was easier, I suppose.

And have a look at these Peri-Peri Chicken Thighs, they are spicy, juicy, and delicious as well.

sliced grilled nando's chicken breast with oven potatoes and dip.

Homemade peri-peri marinade

You could marinate the chicken in the bottled Peri-Peri sauce, I would go for medium-hot there (Amazon affiliate link). However, I have a big problem here: these bottles are not available in Germany unless I buy them online in a British shop or something.

The bottle is tiny… the price is huge… The first time I bought it, I thought the price to be OK, I hadn’t noticed how much sauce the bottle contains, I imagined a huge bottle like those containing another hot sauce. Well, the bottle arrived and it was tiny. So, I prefer to keep that precious sauce for making dips or serving as it is and make my own peri-peri sauce.

To make the marinade you will need:

  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • sweet and smoked paprika powder
  • chili flakes
  • garlic
  • dried oregano
  • parsley
  • salt and pepper.

Just stir everything together in a bowl.

close up grilled meat on a plate.

How to butterfly the chicken breast?

  • Place the breast on a cutting board and the board on a kitchen towel to make sure it won’t slip.
  • Place one hand on top and run a long knife along the side of it, slicing it in half horizontally. Make sure that you don’t cut it all the way through. (1)
  • You will need a really long and sharp knife to be able to cut the meat properly, if it’s not sharp enough you will probably end up tearing the meat here and there.
  • Open up the breast and flatten it gently with a meat tenderizer, it should be evenly thick so that it can cook properly. (2)
collage of two pictures showing how to butterfly chicken breast.

How long to marinate the chicken?

  • Once you’ve butterflied the breasts, place them in a large dish in one layer.
  • Brush well with half of the marinade, flip and brush the other side as well.
  • Ideally, marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 24.
  • However, if you don’t have the time for that, even 15 minutes will do it, Nando’s butterfly chicken will still be absolutely delicious.
raw meat marinating in a email baking dish with blue rim.

How to cook Nando’s chicken?

This couldn’t be easier!

  • Heat a griddle pan on the stove. Or use a cast-iron skillet or a regular pan. Brush with about 1 teaspoon oil.
  • Once hot, cook the peri-peri chicken 2-3 minutes per side depending on its thickness. Don’t overcook, the pieces are thin, they really only need a few minutes.
  • To make sure it’s cooked through, check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer, it should be 74 degrees Celsius/ 165 degrees Fahrenheit. (Amazon affiliate link)
  • If you don’t have a thermometer, cut one piece in the middle, the meat should be white and not red or pink.
collage of two pictures showing how to grill poulty in a pan.

How to serve peri-peri chicken?

With fries or oven-baked potato wedges, red cabbage slaw, green salad, carrot salad, or Macho peas. Or serve with Nando’s spicy rice (recipe coming soon).

You can also make a burger. Add some mayo, ketchup, spicy sauce, or whatever you like in your burger, some salad leaves, onions, and tomato slices and you will have a delicious and filling Nando-style burger.

What to do with leftovers?

Eat cold or reheated in a bun with sauce, salad leaves, tomatoes, and so on. Make wraps or stuff pita bread. Slice and make a salad with a green salad, grated carrots, onions, and vinaigrette or yogurt dressing.

plate with peri peri chicken, potatoes and sauce.

More chicken breast recipes:

close up of a piece of grilled meat with chips.

Nando's Butterfly Chicken

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes

Nando's butterfly chicken breast, spicy and delicious. One of the famous restaurant's recipes, this peri-peri chicken is so easy to make at home.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes (more to taste)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, fresh or frozen
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • about 1 teaspoon olive oil for the pan

Instructions

  1. Mix together lemon juice, olive oil, both paprika sorts, chili flakes, grated garlic, oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Place the chicken on a cutting board and the board on a kitchen towel to make sure it won't slip. Place one palm on top of the breast and run a long knife along the side of it, slicing it in half horizontally. Make sure that you don't cut it all the way through. Open up the breast and flatten it gently with a meat tenderizer, it should be evenly thick so that it can cook properly.
  3. Place in a large shallow dish in a single layer. Brush with half of the marinade, flip and brush the other side as well. Marinade for 1-2 hours and up to 24 (Note 1).
  4. Heat a griddle pan (or a cast-iron skillet or a regular pan). Brush it with about 1 teaspoon oil.
  5. Cook the meat for 2-3 minutes on each side. Don't overcook (Note 2).

Notes

  1. The internal temperature should be 74 degrees Celsius/ 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don't have a thermometer, cut one piece in the middle, the meat should be white and not red or pink.
  2. If you don't have so much time, marinate the meat for at least 15 minutes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 chicken breast
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 429mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 38g

Nutritional information is not always accurate.

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