Nando's serve one of the best chicken burgers available, and here's how to create one at home!
Whilst in Tesco the other day I stumbled across a pack of 8 Garlic Ciabatta slices which I instantly thought would be great for this burger. Nando's use portuguese rolls which are stiffer than normal buns and somewhat like ciabatta buns. The addition of garlic makes this burger AMAZING.
Nando's have a range of sauces and marinates in supermarkets, which i use below to make the burger super saucy. You can choose from a range of spice levels (same as in the supermarket). Today i used the Medium Peri Peri Marinade (only £2 for a bottle - great!)
Recipe for a homemade Nando's style peri peri burger using supermarket Nando's sauces
- 1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 bottle Nando's marinate chose your favorite spice level, it comes in mild- extra hot
- 1 pack of Tesco garlic ciabatta pieces
- 4 slices mature cheddar cheese optional
- Romaine or iceberg lettuce to top optional
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp mayonaise
- 2 tsp Nando’s marinate the one you use with your burger
- In a bowl, mix together the ‘chicken spice mix’ ingredients, set aside
- Trim any fat from the chicken breasts with a sharp knife, and either place the chicken breasts in a sandwich bag, or cover with foil; and bash with a rolling pin until flat enough for your burger
- Add flattened chicken breast to the spice mixture, coat and set aside for 30 minutes to marinate
- Take this time to cook the ciabatta buns; place 8 halves on a baking tray and cook for 8 minutes (as per packet instructions). Remove from heat and set aside until ready to assemble burgers.
- Make the perinase during this 30 minutes too, by mixing together 2 tbsp mayonnaise and 2 tsp Nando’s marinate in a small bowl.
- After chicken has marinated for 30 minutes, heat a large frying pan to medium heat with 1tbsp oil
- Once pan is hot, add chicken to the pan and allow to cook through thoroughly (turning regularly to ensure it doesn’t burn or stick to the pan)
- Once cooked through, turn off the heat, and pour 1 tbsp Nando’s marinate to each breast
- Brush the marinate into the chicken using a plastic pastry brush, or the back of a spoon, allow to sit in the pan for a couple of minutes, while you begin to assemble the burgers:
- Spread perinaise on 4 ciabatta halves
- Place a piece of sliced cheese on top of the perinaise
- Place chicken piece on top of cheese
- Place lettuce on top of chicken piece
- Top with another ciabatta half
- Serve with your favorite side dishes, and enjoy!
If you’d rather a hot bun with the burger, don’t put them in the oven until 8 minutes before the chicken is cooked.
How to make a Nando's Style burger at home:
1. In a bowl, mix together the ‘chicken spice mix’ ingredients, set aside
2. Trim any fat or access from your chicken breasts, cover with foil (on a chopping board) or put into a sandwich bag, and bash until flatter and even with a rolling pin.
3. Add chicken to the spice rub, mix in and set aside for 30 minutes to marinate.
4. Whilst your chicken is marinating, cook the Tesco Garlic Ciabatta Slices as per packet instructions (8 minutes in pre-heated oven). Once cooked, remove from oven and set aside util ready to assemble the burgers later.
5. Mix the mayonnaise and Nando's marinate (supermarket bottle marinate) together to make the perinaise. Set aside until ready to assemble burger later.
6. Once your chicken has ben marinated for 30 minutes, heat a frying pan to medium with some vegetable or sunflower oil in. Add the chicken breast pieces.
7. Cook until the chicken is cooked through and juicy; turning throughout cooking to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan or burns.
8. Once cooked, turn the hob off (your pan will remain hot for a while, don't worry). Pour about 1 tbsp of Nando's marinate on each chicken breast.
9. Rub the marinate into the chicken using a plastic pastry brush, or back of a spoon, whichever you have to hand.
10. Leave the chicken to sit in the pan whilst you begin to assemble the burger. (Remember, the heat should be turned OFF at this stage)
11. Rub the earlier prepared perinase onto 4 slices of ciabatta
12. Add cheese on top of perinase, then place chicken burger on top.
13. Top with lettuce (optional) and another ciabatta slice.
14. Serve with your favorite Nando's style sides, tuck in and enjoy!