Just Like Nandos Peri Peri Chicken Drumlets Recipe

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Welcome to my just like Nandos Peri Peri Chicken Dumlets recipe. Have a bit of Nandos on your dinner plate with these delicious Nando peri peri drumsticks.

Welcome to my just like Nandos Peri Peri Chicken Dumlets recipe. Have a bit of Nandos on your dinner plate with these delicious Nando peri peri drumsticks. Served with corn on the cob for the ultimate feast. Or lose the corn on the cob for a Paleo or Whole 30 feast.

For the next six days here on RecipeThis.com we will be sharing our love for the Portuguese spicy chicken. Known in some parts of the world as Peri Peri and in others as Piri Piri chicken it has become a much loved food staple.

We plan to share with you five days of delicious recipes and then finish with showing you how to turn it into a Slimming World Fakeaway for the ultimate homemade takeaway. So come back later for the foodie experience of a lifetime.

Where do I start about Nandos and their Peri Peri Chicken? Well at the beginning of course….. The first time I heard about the spicy Portuguese chicken was when I first tried it in Portugal. We had recently moved house and had just started renting our first apartment here in Portugal.

It was in a small town in the Algarve in Southern Portugal and even though we don’t live there now, we are still just 10 minutes drive away if we fancy a chicken fix.

The town itself has a busy Saturday morning market, a few shops, a beautiful river, a great park that the local families love but where you can exercise too.

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We lived there for just short of six years and had a great time.

But I still remember the day we moved in as if it was yesterday. It was a bank holiday and unlike countries like in England when things are still open, if it is a major bank holiday everything is closed here and it is like a ghost town.

So we ended up having to drive hours into the city to get some grocery shopping as we had absolutely nothing in to eat.

On the phone to my mum, she said that we must try the chicken place within the week or else. Like my life depended on it. All she said is you will know which one it is and it cooks Chicken Piri Piri outside.

Well in our typical bad luck style we went to the wrong one. We went next door and it was horrible. And of course that was our first proper taste of it.

As all we had tried before this was a bad campsite experience that was over spicy and with a huge amount of soggy horrible fries.

What we were looking for was the real thing. Something authentic that would get us excited about spicy barbecued chicken.

So eventually we made it next door to the right one. And we wasn’t disappointed. We had the most amazing piri piri chicken served with homemade chips, Mediterranean salad and served with bread and olives.

Plus it was washed down with white wine for the perfect chicken experience.

We were hooked. So when people started talking about Nandos and Peri Peri Chicken we realised there really wasn’t much difference between one and the other.

It was also nice to say that we had the real thing here in Portugal at a much cheaper price.

To say that we were paying (and still pay now in 2017) just 8€ each and it includes drinks and desserts is truly magical and makes us so grateful for our life here in Portugal.

You can actually read our review on one of our local Portuguese restaurants that serves Piri Piri Chicken each Wednesday. We published it yesterday and if you’re ever on holiday here in Portugal then you must try it.

family lunch at O Frango Dourado in Messines in Portugal

We have lost count now, how many times we have tried Piri Piri Chicken over the years. Even the rotisserie chicken sold in the supermarkets here is Piri Piri.

So as we are celebrating nine years living in the Algarve this month we thought of nothing better than getting our Airfryer out and showing you how to make the most amazing Nandos Peri Peri Chicken yourself.

Plus if you cook it like we do, then it is so healthy too. Perfect for if you are on the Whole 30, Paleo, like to eat clean or even for Slimming World.

Welcome to my just like Nandos Peri Peri Chicken Dumlets recipe.

In todays recipe I will be sharing with you a delicious Peri Peri Nandos take on Chicken Drumlets with corn on the cob.

A remarkably easy evening supper that takes just 5 minutes to prepare and then is cooked in the Airfryer for a quick and healthy Airfryer chicken addiction.

Peri Peri Chicken Vs Piri Piri Chicken

What is the difference between peri peri chicken and piri piri chicken?

So I have probably confused you in this blog post. I have used the words Peri Peri and also Piri Piri. You’re probably thinking that I have made a typo or that I don’t know what I am talking about.

Or you have seen different names for the famous Portuguese chicken and you wonder what the difference actually is.

Well if you are confused then its just as simple as this:

Peri Peri and Piri Piri is the name used in different languages to pronounce African Birds Eye Chilli that is marinated around the world into chicken dishes. In Africa to tends to be known as Peri Peri compared to in Portuguese when it is known as Piri Piri.

Welcome to my just like Nandos Peri Peri Chicken Dumlets recipe. Have a bit of Nandos on your dinner plate with these delicious Nando peri peri drumsticks.
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Just Like Nandos Peri Peri Chicken Drumlets Recipe

Super succulent and super crispy Nandos style Peri Peri chicken drumsticks. Perfect for sharing and served with yummy corn on the cob. Here is to date nights, parties and family foodie moments!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 395kcal



  • Chop up your corn on the cob into 3rds so that you have 6 equal small pieces. Place it into the steamer basket inside of your Instant Pot with 1 cup of water beneath. Set the lid to sealing and cook for 15 minutes on the steamer button.
  • Into your blender place the olive oil, paprika, garlic, bay leafs, parsley and the red chillis. Give them a whizz until it is grainy but not smooth.
  • Place your chicken drumsticks onto a clean chopping board. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then using a pastry brush, brush the blender marinade over the chicken drumsticks.
  • Place them in the Airfryer in the grill pan and cook for 12 minutes at 180c/356F.
  • Remove the corn on the cob from the Instant Pot (when it beeps) using quick pressure release. Place it onto the chopping board and season with salt, pepper and a sprinkling of Piri Piri seasoning.
  • Then cook for a further 3 minutes at 200c/392f on the other side, along with the corn on the cob. This will give them that barbecue well done look.
  • Add a small amount of butter to the corn on the cob and serve with the Peri Peri chicken drumlets.


Always use some good quality tongs to move the chicken from one side to another. It stops you getting burnt and it also stops the skin coming off if it is really soft.
Instead of using red chilli you can buy some of this piri piri powder and then place ½ a teaspoon of this into your blender instead. Plus these jars last for what feels like a lifetime therefore you can have a lot of Piri Piri chicken whenever you are in the mood.
I always partly cook my corn on the cob first in the Instant Pot. Otherwise they take forever to cook. Then while they are cooking you can be making the marinade and the chicken will be nearly cooked in the Airfryer and it will save you a lot of time.
This is a mild version that is family friendly. If you want more of a Peri Peri African/Portuguese spice kick then I suggest that you double the chilli.
We used 2 medium whole chickens and then chopped off the drums for this recipe, plus we had some spare drums in the fridge. So just go with a medium sized pack or chop them off one of your other chickens.
We have found the best place to source chicken drumsticks to make Just Like Nandos Peri Peri Chicken Drumlets Recipe is from ButcherBox. You even receive free bacon and $10 off your first order when you sign up with this link.


Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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Nandos On Slimming World

Nandos On Slimming World

The great thing about doing Nandos at home is that Nandos is AMAZING on Slimming World. You simply lose the skin on the chicken and then count the olive oil and butter as Syns and then hey presto you have a lunch made in Slimming World heaven.

If you do remove the skin then it works out at 20 Syns for the whole dish or 5 Syns per person.

How Many Calories In Nandos Peri Peri Chicken Drumlets Recipe?

How Many Calories In Nandos Peri Peri Chicken?

Take away the olive oil and the chicken skin and then it is very low in calories and very healthy. It is a staple of the Mediterranean diet and those that live into their 90’s eat this every day without fail.

From a calorie point of view though it is just 300 calories per serving. Most of which come from the extra virgin olive oil which is very good for you and we all need good natural fats in our diet.

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