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Piri Piri Rice Recipe – with marinated spicy chicken and vegetables

Piri Piri Rice Recipe – with marinated spicy chicken and vegetables

Piri Piri Rice Recipe

This piri piri rice recipe can be as spicy as you wish. It is a delicious and healthy peri peri chicken stir fry recipe.

If you ignore the marinating time and cook the rice earlier in the day, the actual meal can be prepared in about 15 minutes.


healthy peri peri chicken recipe


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


stir fry vegetables

Stir-frying the vegetables in the wok


The beauty of this recipe is that you can really use any vegetables you choose, so it is a good way to use up any leftovers.

I give a few examples in the menu below, but if you have some bean sprouts, sugar snaps or bell peppers that need using up, this is a good way to do it.


peri peri chicken

Frying the marinated chicken pieces

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.

nandos spicy rice

Piri Piri Rice Recipe


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

piri piri chicken

Fried 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 Piri Piri Rice Recipe

I believe that Nando’s also have their own Nando’s spicy rice recipe. Though I have eaten their spicy chicken, which is great, I have never tried their spicy rice recipe. I do know that they cook their rice in tomatoes, so it is different to this. 

So this is not a Nando’s copycat recipe but I bet there are similarities!


nandos spicy rice recipe


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


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Spicy Piri Piri rice using green beans and mushrooms


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.


homemade nandos spicy rice


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


Piri Piri Rice Recipe

Piri Piri Rice Recipe using the carrots and peas option in the menu


This 👇👇👇is the peri peri marinade I used, of medium strength, but you can use any that you can find in your local store. Nando’s also sell their own sauces which are very good as well.


peri peri marinade


This recipe can really use any kind of vegetable combination. Try making it when you need to finish off some vegetable leftovers.

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

(But both of mine below include Brussels sprouts as they are so great!)


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How to make spicy rice with peri peri chicken

piri piri rice

Piri Piri Rice Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinade: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

This delicious spicy piri piri rice recipe gives you a healthy stir-fried chicken and vegetable meal with a spicy African kick.


  • 250g chicken breast
  • ½ bottle Peri Peri marinade/sauce (strength to suit your taste buds)
  • 135g white pilau rice
  • 10 Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup frozen petit pois (peas)
  • 1 carrot finely chopped into small pieces
  • One small brown onion, finely chopped
  • A green or red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Fresh coriander to garnish

Optional instead of peas and carrots:

  • 70g fine green beans
  • 5 button mushrooms


    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 microwave rice cooker to do this. Then, when cooked, place the rice in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
    3. In the meantime prepare the vegetables by chopping finely into small pieces. You can use whatever vegetables you may have available, or what needs using up. This recipe gives a few examples, but use what you want!
    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. Remove to a plate.
    5. At the same time stir fry the vegetables together in a wok in the olive oil. When cooked to your liking remove to a plate.
    6. Then add the rice to the wok, breaking it up as you go, and stir fry in some vegetable oil for a few minutes. Make sure it does not stick together.
    7. Then add the cooked chicken and the vegetables to the wok and mix together, reheating for another minute or until fully heated through.
    8. Add the 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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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 1455mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 25g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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