Want to make Nando’s Spicy Rice at home? Then this Homemade Nando’s Spicy Rice recipe is for you! And the best news? It only takes 20 minutes… and one pan!
My Nandos Obsession
If you are a regular around here, you will know I am a BIG FAN of Nando’s food. I am just a teensy weensy bit (ok, VERY!) obsessed with that gorgeous Peri Peri spiced chicken. But I am also a big fan of Nando’s sides… and especially Nando’s Spicy Rice!
Whilst I do enjoy actually GOING to Nando’s, I also enjoy trying to figure out how to recreate my Nando’s favourites at home. I’ve already shared my Nando’s Copycat Peri Peri Chicken Thighs and Nando’s Copycat Peri Peri Chicken Burgers, so next on my list was a homemade version on Nando’s Spicy Rice (and don’t forget to come back next week I’ll be sharing my Nando’s Copycat Peri Peri Chicken Breast recipe!)
Nando’s Spicy Rice in 20 minutes
And this recipe is so quick and simple! Just 20 minutes and one pan is all that stands between you and some fabulous homemade Nando’s Spicy Rice!
First fry diced onion and red pepper, then add in a few simple spices. Next add in the rice and some chicken stock (from a stock cube is fine!), then leave the rice to do its thing. 3 minutes before the end, add in some frozen peas (no need to defrost them first!) and you are done!
What to serve with Nando’s Spicy Rice?
This Nando’s Spicy Rice recipe goes brilliantly with all your Nando’s favourites – Peri Peri Chicken, Sweet Potato Wedges, Coleslaw, Corn on the Cob…
But my favourite way to serve this rice is with my new Easy Peri Peri Chicken Breasts recipe and a big mixed salad – not only is this delicious and easy… it’s also pretty healthy too! Exactly how a fakeaway should be 😀
What to drink with Nando’s Spicy Rice?
My favourite wine to serve with a Nando’s fakeaway is a zingy citrussy Sauvignon Blanc from somewhere like New Zealand or South Africa. Alternatively, a soft and fruity red, such as Grenache or Merlot also goes very well, as does a Grenache based rosé. If you prefer beer, go for a pale ale!
Can you reheat Nando’s Spicy Rice?
If you find you have leftovers of my Nando’s style spicy rice, put them in a plastic box in the fridge (makes sure that you do this within 1 hour of cooking it). It will be good for up to 24 hours.
You can either eat it cold like a rice salad (perfect for taking to work for lunch and making your colleagues jealous!) or reheat. Make sure when you are reheating rice that you reheat until piping hot all the way through (very important if you want to avoid getting food poisoning) and never reheat cooked rice more than once!
My favourite way of reheating rice is to pan fry it (a bit like making egg fried rice). Alternatively, you can put it in an oven proof bowl covered with a lid or tin foil and bake at 180C for 15 mins or reheat in the microwave.
Can you freeze Nando’s Spicy Rice?
This comes as a bit of a surprise for many, but yes you can freeze rice. Simply put it in a lidded plastic box and straight into the freezer (again, make sure you do this within 1 hour of cooking it to avoid getting a dodgy tummy!). Defrost in the fridge and then reheat as above. It will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.
If you like my homemade Nando’s spicy rice…
… you might also like
- Coconut Lime Rice
- Easy One Pot Chicken and Chorizo Paella
- Mexican Rice with Black Beans and Corn
- One Pot Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Rice and Beans
Do you have a Nando’s favourite you’d love me to recreate?
Let me know in the comments below…
Homemade Nando's Spicy Rice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 small red pepper diced
- ½ teaspoon chilli flakes
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 300 g long grain rice
- 600 ml hot chicken stock (from a cube is fine – I use Kallo)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 100 g frozen peas
- Place the diced onion and red pepper in a reasonably large saucepan. Cover with a lid and cook over a gentle heat for 3 minutes until softened but not browned.
- Remove the lid and add the chilli flakes, turmeric and smoked paprika. Cook for 2 more minutes. Add a splash of water if it starts to get a little dry.
- Add the rice, chicken stock, salt and pepper. Turn the heat up and bring to the boil. Then cover with a lid and turn the heat down. Cook for 7 minutes, or until the rice is nearly cooked. (See note 1.)
- After 7 minutes add the peas and stir. Re-cover with the lid and cook for 3 more minutes or until the rice is done to your liking and the peas are hot.
- Serve with all your homemade Nandos favourites!
- Please do check the cooking time for the brand of rice you are using. Different brands vary enormously in their recommended cooking times. The long grain rice that I used in this recipe stated on the packet that it took 10 minutes to cook and so I have allowed 10 minutes cooking time here. If your rice needs longer, cook it for longer.
- Suitable for freezing.
- Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
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