Skip to Content

Quick & Easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour – perfect for a busy midweek meal!

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

Nando’s Restaurants first opened in South Africa in 1987 and soon became famous for its Portuguese style flame-grilled chicken flavoured with their PERi-PERi (African Birds Eye Chilli) sauce. 

The distinctive flavour of Nando’s sauces comes from the traditional Portuguese recipe based on lemons, fresh herbs, garlic and PERi-PERi. 

Nandos Piri piri chicken sauce

Thanks to Nando’s bottled sauces you can enjoy delicious PERi-PERi without having to leave your home! 

There is a range of sauces, marinades, salad dressings, rubs and snacks available.   Nando’s PERi-PERi sauces have no artificial additives, or added colours, preservatives or MSG. 

You can find Nando’s in your local supermarket, if you can’t find it there, you can get a bottle from your local Nando’s restaurant.

We were sent a package of Nando’s sauces to try out, and they were an instant hit! 

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

I especially loved the medium PERi-PERi sauce for use in cooking.  It has a wonderful depth of flavour with a nice touch of heat. 

I found the hint of tang in the sauce to be absolutely addictive. 

There are so many ways these sauces can be used, but my favourite way so far is to marinade the chicken in the sauce with a little extra lemon juice and then grill it. 

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

The chicken comes out moist and flavourful, even when it comes to chicken breasts! 

Chicken breasts can be so hard to cook, often they come out bland and boring but that is not the case when cooked with Nando’s! 

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

Check out the recipe below and see for yourself.

This is a super easy and quick way to make delicious and moist peri peri chicken breasts using Nando’s Peri Peri sauce. 

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

What is Peri Peri Chicken?

Peri peri or piri piri chicken, is chicken cooked in a chili based sauce that originated in South Africa and was imported to Portugal.

It is tangy and spicy, traditionally made with African birds eye chilies (peri peri), lemon and other spices.

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

Ingredients for Peri Peri Chicken

Chicken Breasts – You can use any cut of chicken for this recipe, from drumsticks to a whole chicken. Just adjust cooking times accordingly.

Lemon – Adds a little more tang to the dish.

Peri Peri Sauce – I use Nando’s pre-made peri peri sauce because its quick and easy and I don’t need to deal with any hot peppers myself. Feel free to make homade peri peri sauce though if you desire.

Bell Peppers – I use a mix of yellow and red bell peppers. The sweetness of them roasted is perfect with the tangy heat of the marinade.

Onion – Who doesn’t love roasted onion? Use any kind of onion you like. Yellow, red, or even shallots.

Olive Oil – So your veggies roast nicely.

Salt & Pepper – Because you should season your food, of course.

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

How to Pan Fry Peri Peri Chicken Breasts

If pan frying your peri peri chicken, then butterfly the chicken breasts by cutting it roughly in half most of the way through. This will give you more flavour, and help you avoid dry chicken.

Heat up your pan over medium-high heat then add a 1tbsp of oil before placing the marinaded chicken in the pan. Cook about 3-4 minutes per side.

After removing the chicken from the pan, add a little more oil to the pan then the peppers and onion. Saute until the onions soften. Alternatively you could roast the vegetables separately int he oven.

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

How to Grill Peri Peri Chicken Breasts

Peri Peri chicken tastes best when grilled, in my opinion. When grilling, keep the breasts full so they do not dry out.

Preheat your grill to 400°F, Place chicken directly on the grates and close the lid. Grill on each side for about 7-9 minutes or until cooked through.

Roast your veggies in foil on the grill with oil, salt and pepper.

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

Looking for more easy weeknight chicken dinners?

If you are looking more tasty and easy to make chicken dinner recipes, check out some of my favourites:

Make sweet and tangy pineapple chicken right in your slow cooker, made with plenty of pineapple, tender chicken and crisp red peppers.

This Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Bake is an easy dinner recipe filled with delicious cheese sauce and chicken. It is also inexpensive!

You could also serve this chicken dish up with a side of Air Fryer Corn!

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

Easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Nando’s Peri Peri Sauce
  • 4 Sweet Bell Peppers,
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions:

Place your chicken into a marinading dish or sealable plastic bag, and squeeze the juice of half a lemon over them.

Pour a generous amount of Nando’s Peri Peri sauce over the chicken, reserving a little.

Allow to marinade for at least 30 mins, but preferably overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 F Celcius.

Cut your bell peppers and onion into large chunks and place into the bottom of an oven safe dish. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Place the chicken breasts on top of the vegetables, and discard any excess marinade.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165º F in the thickness part. Cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken breasts.

Half-way through cooking, brush the chicken with some of the remaining peri-peri marinade.

Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving with the roasted vegetables.

Note: If you want your chicken browned a little, put it under the broiler for 2 minutes at the end.

Quick and Easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts
Yield: 4-6 Servings

Quick and Easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour – perfect for a busy midweek meal!

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Nando's Peri Peri Sauce
  • 4 Sweet Bell Peppers,
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. Place your chicken into a marinading dish or sealable plastic bag, and squeeze the juice of half a lemon over them.
  2. Pour a generous amount of Nando’s Peri Peri sauce over the chicken, reserving a little.
  3. Allow to marinade for at least 30 mins, but preferably overnight
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F Celcius.
  5. Cut your bell peppers and onion into large chunks and place into the bottom of an oven safe dish. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  6. Place the chicken breasts on top of the vegetables, and discard any excess marinade.
  7. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165º F in the thickness part. Cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken breasts.
  8. Half-way through cooking, brush the chicken with some of the remaining peri-peri marinade.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving with the roasted vegetables.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1 Chicken breast

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 236mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 39g

Did you make this recipe?

Tag your creations with #FrugalMomEh on Instagram & subscribe for more!

These quick & easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts are juicy and bursting with incredible flavour - perfect for a busy midweek meal!

Disclosure:  I was provided with the above mentioned products in order to facilitate this review.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

mohit verma

Wednesday 11th of April 2018

I’m sooooo psyched to find this recipe! I had a Cameroon friend who made this for me for years, then she moved out of state about 3 years ago, I have been looking for it ever since. Now I can make my own! Thanks!

Laurie P

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

Reading this has made me miss living in the city. Picking up a fresh roasted Portuguese chicken for the family....every weekend. Just can't find that where we are located now. Will definitely have to find some Nando's to cook at home.

Darlene Schuller

Sunday 23rd of March 2014

Oh these look tasty! I'm gathering up different chicken recipes, I feel like we make that stuff the same ways all the time. I love how simple this is!

Victoria Ess

Saturday 15th of February 2014

There is a Nando's down my street but I have never tried it! You've put the idea in my head to go there for dinner though.

Stephanie LaPlante

Tuesday 28th of January 2014

Yummy! Those sauces sound delicious. Now I want chicken.

Skip to Recipe