Who doesn’t love a Nandos Fakeaway tea every now and again? 😂

We love Nandos as a treat but it’s not the cheapest place to eat out so we’ve perfected our own version of a Nandos Fakeaway with this amazing spicy rice being the star attraction.

This spicy rice recipe is one that we’ve adapted over the last couple of years, tweaking the quantities and ingredients slightly until we got what we think is a pretty good dupe although I do often make it with green peppers rather than red as we much prefer green. 😂

For the chicken, we tend to buy a Nandos rub because I’ve never been able to find a way to recreate the Nandos flavour (and believe me, I’ve tried) so I gave up trying when I realised that the shop-bought version is less than a pound and just tastes exactly right. 

Our chips are made in the air fryer with some Nandos salt on them (again, supermarket bought) and there’s usually a dollop of Nandos Perinaise sauce on the side too just to finish the dish off.

Also, I know this isn’t a factor for many but this is syn free if you’re on Slimming World which makes it even better if you ask me. 

Homemade Nandos Spicy Rice - an amazing fakeaway recipe for all the family to enjoy. You definitely want to add this to you weekly meal plan....

Nandos Style Spicy Rice Recipe

This Nandos Spicy Rice dupe is amazing for a cheeky Nandos Fakeaway.


  • 2 cups of Rice
  • 1/2 finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 finely chopped red pepper
  • A handful of frozen peas (we leave these out usually)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • Chilli powder - depending on how spicy you like it


    1. Add the oil, chopped onion, and chopped red pepper to a large frying pan/wok along with one chicken stock cube, cumin, chilli powder and paprika and heat on high for 2-3 minutes.
    2. Add 2 cups of rice (you can use normal coffee cups if you like, it's just so you know how much water to add in) and 4 cups of boiling water along with the other chicken stock cube and the Tumeric.
    3. Bring to the boil and then simmer until all of the water is absorbed which is usually around 20 minutes.  You'll need to stir it regularly at first and in the later stage, you'll need to pretty much stay with it as it sticks to the bottom of the pan and burns very easily.
    4. Once all the water has been absorbed then you're good to go.

Homemade Nandos Spicy Rice - an amazing fakeaway recipe for all the family to enjoy. You definitely want to add this to you weekly meal plan....

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  1. Emily @amummytoo

    February 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve never really tried Nandos but this does sound nice. I bet it’s a lot healthier too. Thank you for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. It’s always appreciated 🙂 I’ve Pinned and Tweeted this post and there’s a new linky just gone live – would love you to join in x

  2. Lee

    March 20, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I’d like to make this but how much turmeric do you put in. It’s not on the ingredients list. Thanks


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