Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Homemade Veggie Nandos

Nando's seems to be a bit of a love or hate thing, some people are obsessed and others think it's rubbish and overrated.  I am part of the 'love it' category which probably sounds crazy to some people seeing as Nandos is a chicken restaurant and I don't eat chicken...  But if you actually look at the menu, yes there's loads of chicken, but there's also loads of veggie options!  For example, for the main meals you have bean burger, veggie burger or portobello mushroom and halloumi...  The one I always get is the latter, usually in a burger with chips and spicy rice.

However one night I was lying in bed and had this sudden amazing idea - to make a homemade Nando's using Quorn?!  So the next night my boyfriend and I were cooking dinner so we decided to have a go at this and see how it would turn out.

We went to Asda and picked up the following ingredients:

Quorn 6 Chicken Fillets
Nando's Peri-Peri rub in Medium
Nando's Garlic Peri-Peri Sauce
Nando's Chip Salt
Asda Seasoned French Fries
Shredded iceberg lettuce
Pitta bread (we got the giant ones)
  1. We started by turning on the oven for the chips and rolling 4 chicken pieces in the spice rub.
  2. Put some chips on a tray and sprinkle some chip salt over them.
  3. Heat olive oil in a griddle or frying pan then place in the 4 chicken pieces.
  4. Fry the Quorn on both sides until cooked through, adding in more of the spice mix if desired.
  5. Toast the pitta bread in toaster or under the grill to heat them up.
  6. Assemble everything on the plate - 2 pieces of Quorn, lettuce and sauce in the pitta, then chips at the side with more chip salt over the top.
It was sooo good!  Far too spicy though, when we made it the second time we used the Lemon & Herb Peri-Peri rub and it was so much better, didn't burn my tongue off!  My boyfriend hadn't tried Quorn before and he said he really enjoyed it and couldn't tell it wasn't real meat.

Have you got any good meat substitute recipes?  The Nandos products are also suitable for vegans so it could quite easily be adjusted for a vegan diet too.



  1. OMG I am soooo trying it! I am also a vegetarian and like Nandos veggie options - yum! Yours sound even more delicious! X

  2. They look yummy. Even better that it's a veggie choice :)

  3. I'm part of the 'love it' group too, this sounds delicious :) xx

  4. That looks so delicious! Homemade food is the best. I really liked Nando's the first time I went there but I'm not too bothered about them either way now.

  5. hi, this sounds amazing. Did you need to defrost the chicken fillet pieces first?


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