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Piri Piri Rice Recipe

Piri Piri Rice Recipe

This piri piri rice recipe can be as spicy as you wish and is a delicious and healthy peri peri chicken stir fry recipe. If you forget the marinating time and you cook the rice earlier in the day, the actual meal can be prepared in about 15 minutes.

This spicy rice recipe is basically marinated peri peri chicken breast with stir fried rice and vegetables.

stir fry vegetables

peri peri chicken

How to spell Piri Piri?

You will note that it seems I am not sure how I should be spelling Piri Piri as it has different spellings.

The original Portuguese spelling Piri Piri is really the correct one, but depending where you are Pir Piri or Peli Peli may also be used, as different African languages have created their own versions.

piri piri chicken

In any case, all spellings are used to describe the African bird’s eye chili, which is at the heart of the peri peri marinade.

I will use all the different spellings throughout this post, so as not to take sides!

Spicy Peri Peri Rice Recipe

I understand Nando’s also have their own Nando’s spicy rice recipe. I have never tried this so I do not know what is in it, but I imagine it is probably similar to this?? 

This peri peri rice recipe is an own invention that I made using similar ingredients from a diet we are presently following, but changing the style from Asian to African.

rice cooker chicken rice recipe
Spicy Piri Piri rice

The bird’s eye chili is a chili pepper found in Africa and Asia and is the spicy pepper on which all Nando’s peri peri sauces are based.

It really does have a bit of a kick and is a great way to spice up a meal. We love a bit of spice in our house.

nandos rice recipe
Piri Piri Rice Recipe

This is the peri peri marinade I used.

peri peri marinade

This recipe uses quite a few green vegetables as these were just what I had available when I made this rice. But you could also add some petit pois or carrots or other vegetables if you want.

Use your imagination and play around with this peri peri chicken recipe. There are unlimited variations!

nandos peri peri rice

How to make spicy rice with peri peri chicken

Piri Piri Rice Recipe

Piri Piri Rice Recipe

This delicious spicy piri piri rice recipe will give you a healthy stir fried chicken and vegetable meal with an African spicy kick

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 250g chicken breast
  • ½ bottle Peri Peri marinade/sauce (strength to suit your taste buds)
  • 135g white pilau rice
  • 70g fine green beans
  • 5 button mushrooms
  • One small brown onion
  • 10 Brussels sprouts
  • 1 green or red bell pepper
  • 1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


    1. Cut the chicken into one inch pieces and marinade it in some of the sauce in the fridge. Preferably overnight, but a few hours also gives a good result.
    2. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the packet. I use my rice cooker to do this. Then, when cooked, place the rice in the freezer for 30 minutes.
    3. In the meantime prepare the vegetables by chopping finely into small pieces.
    4. When you are ready to eat, fry the chicken in a skillet with the vegetable oil until it is nicely browned and thoroughly cooked through. At the same time stir fry the vegetables together in wok in the olive oil.
    5. When the vegetables are cooked to your liking add the rice and the cooked chicken to the wok and mix together. Add peri peri sauce, to taste, to the mixture whilst stirring and reheating the rice in the wok.


Serve in a bowl with some fresh lemonade to cool the spice.

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