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This stuff can't come more highly recommended from me, for various reasons....
First of all let me say that it isn't dirt cheap, but that you get what you pay for - It normally costs around the £2 mark for a bottle (this really does vary between supermarkets and can often be on special offer) which is practically double that of supermarkets own brand versions, however, it is far superior! I have tried the Morrisons version, in a money saving attempt, but instantly realised I should have paid a little extra for something a lot nicer.
This stuff is amazingly tasty and flavoursome, it isn't like some sauces or marinades that merely give a hint of flavour, this really packs a punch. I have tried the Hot, the Lime & Coriander and the Sun Dried Tomato flavours and, whilst they are all lovely, the Sun Dried tomato one is my personal favourite. The 'Hot' one is exactly as it suggests so if you don't like your food too spicy then, needless to say, steer away from this one!
It is also quite versatile......whilst it is meant as a marinade it can also be used to create a little sauce, if you don't like your meals too dry. On the bottle it recommends marinading the chicken (the longer the better) and then stir frying, but what I tend to do is pour a little extra of the marinade over the chicken once it is stir-fried and then warm it through, so you have a sauce as well as the chicken being flavoured. One bottle will do quite a lot if you are purely marinading, but I slosh the whole bottle on and this serves about 4 people.
If you like your food spicy then do give this a go!
I am a huge fan of Nando's and I used to go to the restaurant once a week for my dinner but due to the financial crisis at the moment that is one of my luxurys which has had to come to a stop. The good point to this story is that whilst shopping the other day I saw a variety of Nando's marinades and thought there was no harm in trying them although I didn't hold out much hope for it tasting anywhere near as good as the restaurant.
The different marinades I have seen are:-
Sundried tomato& basil,
Lime and Coriander,
Sweet and Sticky,
Honey, Soy and Ginger,
I buy mine from my local Tesco and I always buy the medium peri-peri which comes in a 125ml glass bottle with the Nando's brand on the front. A bottle in Tesco costs £1.99 although they do sometimes have a 3 for the price of 2 offer on them.
I usually cook for 4 people. I put four pieces of chicken breast in a bowl and pour half a jar of the marinade into the bowl to cover the whole chicken breast. I then cover the bowl with cling film and put in the fridge and leave for 6 hours. I then place the chicken breast onto a baking tray and cook on gas mark 6 for 35 minutes. Once cooked I use Tesco's finest rolls, as these are the closest I can get to Nando's rolls. This worked out so much cheaper than Nandos but did not lack in taste.
I have only tried the medium Peri-Peri marinade but I give it top marks. It tastes exactly the same as the marinade in the restaurant. I think it is fantastic value for money as the glass bottle which is 125ml will be enough to make 8-10 chicken breast burgers. Once you have opened the bottle you have up to 3 months to use it which I think is brilliant as most marinades I have brought in the past say to use within 3 days which I don't know about you but the idea of the same dinner twice in 3 days does not appeal to me!!!
Although I like the experience of going to Nando's restaurant when trying to save money this is a fantastic product to buy. My partner has a nut allergy and we have to be careful with products which we buy but this marinade has no allergens.
0.7 sat fat
A fantastic product with no faults other than it doesn't come with someone to prepare it for you!! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves their Nando's but also for anyone who would like to try a new chicken marinade with a lot of taste.
HOT PERI-PERI MARINADE!
I use to love going out to Nandos for meals, but lately I haven't had enough money or time to go there. When I was shopping I noticed they sold Nando's Peri-Peri marinade I thought I would give it try seeing as I love spicy chicken recipes!
How I use it: First I cut chicken up into chunks I then put it in a bowl and pour about half of the bottle over the chicken, I then stir it all in making sure all the chicken is coated, then I pop it into the fridge for about 30 minutes. Then I fry it and prepare salad, deep fryed potato pieces, and cheese. Then I serve it on a plate and we all help ourselves making our own pitta breads with the chicken cheese salad and potato pieces!
There are probably a lot of other recipes to try but I haven't used the peri peri sauce for that long so I am still investigating!
I would really recommend this, its an easy meal to cook, the chicken tastes delicious and you can change how hot you want it by controlling how much marinade you pour in.
It costs £1.89, which is a good price the bottle is used twice for two meals!
I been to Nandos fairly regularly so I was quite excited to discover that they do sell the marinade in the supermarket. I bought the hot marinade to try out my own (hopefuly) version of nando's chicken at home.
1) Without the grill, unlikely to ever get the Nando's taste, so I ended up stir frying my chicken after using half a bottle to marinade. Somehow, the overall effect wasn't as good. I suspect that either the atmosphere at Nando's contributed to the good taste of the chicken or there are more things that they were putting into their sauce that wasn't in the marinade.
2) So back up plan, we did use the sauce as a dip for fries, fried food etc. That work out better. If we had fried rice, we even put the peri peri sauce on it to improve the taste.
3) The sauce does taste somewhat like what they were using in Nando's on its own. Spicy, somewhat vinegary, with not as much kick as I would like though. Maybe when I eat it cold from the bottle, the kick is reduced.
4) I think I have seen some advert that promises that you can have Nando's at home now with the new marinade. (wouldn't put that much trust into adverts because the end results tend not be the case) just that for a while, I really had hopeful expectations that the sauce would do that. (blame it on the face that I can't even grill in my house)
Overall, go to Nando's to eat if you really want the sauce at its best. Otherwise, put it on other things in new ways but not on chicken because you will be disappointed that you can't do it as well as Nando's.
Fabulous marinade for using with grilled meat, chicken, lamb, beef or fish before grilling or putting on the barbeque for that extra oomph.
Nando's peri-peri sauces come in a range of strengths and flavours but the one I am going to review is Nando's hot peri-peri sauce.
I have found that this particular sauce has just has the right heat so as not to over power the food but keep the spicy food lover happy.
How to use
Place your fresh meat, chicken , lamb , beef or fish into a bowl shake the bottle of marinade well remove the cap and pour over some of the peri-peri sauce, I found that if you are cooking a quantity of meat to serve 4 then half a bottle is the about the right quantity. Stir well and cover before refrigerating for at least 15 minutes. The longer you leave it the better it is, I always try and leave mine marinating overnight.
Remove when ready to cook discard any marinade left over in the bowl and grill or barbeque as normal. Never return used marinade back to the bottle.
It can also be used for basting meat, burgers or sausages before grilling and is also delicious in stir-fry's.
Nando's hot peri-peri sauce comes in 260g bottles and contains 88.8 calories, 4.8g fat and 0.7g saturates per 100g. Once it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
You can find this marinade in most major supermarkets and at the time of this review costs £1.87 at Sainsbury.
When staying over at a friends recently house sitting we wanted something a little different for our dinner that night and frankly I love chicken but have been getting a little bit bored of the same things over and over so when I spotted this 'Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil' peri-peri marinade in Tesco I had to have it. I paid £1.87 for a 270g bottle which has made two servings so far and still has around half left.
This marinade comes provided in a glass jar with a black screw top lid, it's very easy to open and the sauce can be seen through the bottle. There is a label showing all the usual nutritional information, ingredients and cooking instructions. It's advised that you leave your chicken or other meat to soak in this marinade overnight if possible but I have been using this marinade just as I would use any other stir fry sauce without any problems. If I have time then I soak the meat in the marinade for 10 or 15 minutes before I start to cook it.
The sauce is quite funny and does have the look of a Nandos product to it as soon as I begin to use it. I can smell tomato & basil as soon as I have a sniff and it's got a nice orange colour to it with lots of flecks of basil throughout. The sauce soaks in quite well to the chicken and helps to make it nice and moist and stops it from drying out when being fried in a wok. There is a mild spicy taste to the sauce as soon as I have a little dip and it's not too overpowering.
Once the chicken is served I have been enjoying it with tortillas or pitta breads and I find that some nice plain bread helps to take the edge off the sauce as once you have quite a lot on your plate it's got a fairly spicy flavour to it. It's nothing uncomfortable and it's fair to say that medium is definitely the right Nandos spice for me although I do find the medium to be a little bit hotter when I'm eating in a Nandos restaurant. The sauce is lovely and mouth wateringly good and is perfect for using when you are having a BBQ as you can soak your kebabs in this for a few hours first and then give them that final char grilled flavour that makes Nandos so tasty.
The vast majority of the ingredients in this sauce are natural products such as spices and herbs and there is hardly anything bad sounding in the ingredients which is always a positive for me when choosing what to have for dinner. There are 43 calories, 0.3g protein, 3.6 carbohydrate (of which 2.3g sugars), 3.1g fat (of which 0.3g saturates), 0.1g fibre and 0.6g sodium per 40g serving and I would say that we probably used about 50-60g making enough for two people to be full up at the end of their meal.
This sauce is full of flavour and lots of real ingredients rather than artificial rubbish and this does show through in the quality of the sauce. This sauce is incredibly easy to use and it's a great way to bring some extra flavour to your meals with minimal effort. I am pleased with all the Nando's Marinades that I have tried so far and there should be one to suit almost any spice requirement including the Extra Extra hot one which scared me away with it's black and red label as it looked quite menacing and just the packaging made me think it was going to be strong!
This sauce will keep for 3 weeks once opened providing you refrigerate it so even if you just used once a week this would be enough to ensure it didn't go to waste. If you have lots of people to feed then a bottle of this might only do one meal but we did find that a little goes a long way and there was no need to throw it all over everything and saturate it in the sauce.
Nando's Peri-Peri Marinade
Description: Manufacturer: Nando's / Type: Sauces.
Until five years ago, I lived in the Highlands of Scotland and we didn't have any Nando's restaurants. When I moved to Newcastle, I went for the first time (to the one in The Gate, in Newcastle city centre. Highly recommended if you get the opportunity!) and immediately fell in love with them. Nando's have recently also been voted the Best Big Company to Work For 2010 so it seems that the staff like them as much as their customers do!
In case you are unsure what they actually are, they are a chain of restaurants serving Portugese style chicken which has been marinated in peri peri sauce of varying strengths and then flame grilled. You can opt for a mild version right through to the fiery hot (my personal favourite) along with a variety of side orders which complement the chicken perfectly.
In addition to having a chain of restaurants, Nando's also sell a range of their marinades and sauces (also seasoning rubs, chips and dips) in most supermarkets, allowing you to recreate that delicious taste at home. The marinades cost in the region of £1.90.
To use these marinades, you simply smother meat or vegetables in them before cooking. Ideally if marinading meat, it is best to leave it in the sauce overnight to really allow the flavours to infuse but if you are short of time, it is still tasty however long you can manage.
These marinades are perfect for all tastes as there are several different types;
Sun-dried Tomato & Basil
Sweet & Sticky
Lime & Coriander
My personal favourites are the hot peri peri (extremely hot so use sparingly until you work out what is right for you!) and the Portugese BBQ which is deliciously spicy and quite different to most BBQ sauces. I love the delicious flavours and spices and find them mouthwateringly good. The sauces change a bland chicken breast into the tastiest moist and spicy treat and whether you choose the mildest or the hottest variety, you cannot fail to be impressed!
I've been a fan of Nando's restaurant since they opened in my local high street a couple of years back. I would love to eat there more often, but with a very messy baby sometimes eating out can be more hassle than its worth! So last Saturday we decided to recreate a nando's style feast at home. We stocked up with flatbreads, corn on the cob, spicy rice a cooked peri-peri rotisserie chicken and the most important ingredient of all a bottle of Nando's sauce.
There is a vast array of sauces to choose from in the range but we settled on a bottle of "Sun-dried tomato and basil peri-peri marinade" rather than selecting an actual sauce because the bottles are twice the size for a much cheaper price than the actual pouring sauces.
Nandos Sun-dried tomato and basil peri-peri marinade as the name suggests is meant to be used as a marinade and baste for grilled and BBQ meats or fish and may also be used as a sauce for stir fry. It is packaged in a 270g glass bottle with a screwtop lid and cost around £1.17. The sauce contains no allergens.
Water, tomatoes, vinegar, vegetable oil,sugar,salt,onions,olive oil, spices, lemons, serreno chillies, basil, oregano, bay, garlic African birds eye chilli, thickener, stabiliser, preservative, acidity regulator.
Per 40g serving
My experience of the product
I used this product as a sauce to pour over chicken and being a marinade, as I expected, it was a little thin for this purpose but this didn't really detract from my enjoyment of the product. I do enjoy fairly spicy tastes but I often find chilli sauces quite harsh tasting, whilst peri-peri sauces are somehow more smoky and mellow. This sauce is medium hot and I would say that the sun dried tomato and basil is the dominant flavour here and tastes fresh and tangy and complements the kick from the chilli (which doesn't overpower) really well. I can imagine this sauce stirred into pasta sauce and would be a good low fat alternative to the pesto I normally use. I think that this would do a good job as a marinade because the sauce is quite vinegary tasting and so would probably tenderise meat really well.
I do like the fact that the product contains no artificial flavours or colours and is made with 14% tomatoes and other "real" ingredients; you can really taste this in the freshness of the flavours. In my opinion ease of usage could be enhanced by providing a pourer in the spout as the product is runny and its easy to be a bit heavy handed.
I will probably buy this product again or try another marinade in the range because its far better value than buying the pricey little bottles of sauce.
~~~ INTRODUCTION ~~~
Nando's is my favourite place to go out for something to eat ... and having read many dooyoo reviews about Nando's it seems like many other dooyoo members agree. For me it's not only the great mix of delicious food served in a very relaxed (and stylish) environment but it's the unique taste of the food they serve. A taste that is created by Peri-Peri Marinades and Sauces - Nando's very own secret mix of herbs and spices. If you like the taste yourself then Nando's Peri-Peri Marinades provide the perfect way to recreate the Nando's experience in your own home.
~~~ THE PERI-PERI TASTE: A ROUGH GUIDE ~~~
Many centuries ago Europeans were at the heart of the Age Of Discovery and it was Portuguese Explorers who first discovered the famous Spice Route to the East. Whilst visiting the Southern African Regions they discovered a magical ingredient the Birds-Eye Chilli (a chilli which the local tribesmen called the Pili-Pili). The new settlers called the chilli Peri-Peri and mixed it with their own blend of herbs and spices to create a number of fiery dishes. These recipes were passed down from generation to generation and when the Nando's chain launched several years ago these traditional recipes were shared with the entire world. Peri-Peri Sauces and Marinades are an exciting mix of African and European spices with a unique taste that has become exremely popular.
~~~ NANDO'S PERI-PERI MARINADE ~~~
There are 8 different marinades available ranging from mild tasting Lemon & Herb right through to fiery Hot Peri-Peri. They are availble from all good supermarkets (in the cooking sauces section) or can be bought directly from the Nando's Website (please see the link at the end of this review). On average they cost around £2 and in my opinion are wel worth the price as they are extremely tasty and very versatile.
Peri-Peri Marinades can be used on all types of meat and fish as well as being added to stir-frys, rice dishes and stews. I have used them at home several times and every time the dishes I have created have tasted great. The 8 different marinades each have a very distinctive taste and there really is a taste from everyone ... heat seekers will adore the Hot Peri-Peri taste whilst those who love smokey tastes will enjoy the Portuguese BBQ one. My personal favourite is Sweet Chilli (it tastes amazing with prawns).
Nando's suggest that you "marinade over night in the fridge for best results" and this is certainly advice worth following. Although it can be added to food just before you cook it you will only re-create the unique Nando's taste if you prepare your meat and fish and add the marinades the night before. A little effort perhaps but the end result is worth it !!!
~~~ THE NANDO'S PERI-PERI MARINADE RANGE ~~~
> SUN-DRIED TOMATO & BASIL
> LEMON & HERB
> HONEY, SOY & GINGER
> SWEET & STICKY
> LIME & CORIANDER
> SWEET CHILLI
> PORTUGUESE BBQ
> HOT PERI-PERI
~~~ WHY NOT HAVE A NANDO'S NIGHT ? ~~~
With just a couple of these marinades and some great cuts of meat you can re-create a fantastic Nando's style night in your very own home. Authentic tasting Hot Peri-Peri Chicken Legs, Sweet Chilli Tiger Prawns and Lemon and Herb Chicken Breasts served with rice and salad would provide an excellent platter for friends and family. Throw in a jug of home made sangria and a bowl of chips sprinkled with Peri-Peri Salt and everyone's happy !!!
For even more great products from the Nando's range please see the link to the official website that I have provided below.
Above all these marinades are a great item to keep in your cupboard ... the unique taste of Peri-Peri is a closely guarded secret and probably impossible to recreate yourself. If you enjoy Nando's then you will simply adore the marinades. And finally, if you have not yet experienced the Nando's taste for yourself then these marinades provide a great starting point.
~~~ RECOMMENDED LINK ~~~
Anyone who loves the unique taste of Nando's will love the link below. It is a section from the official Nando's Website which features a variety of products that you can buy ... the product range includes the marinades (that I've just reviewed) as well as sauces, sprinkles and rubs. Also make sure that you check out the recipes link (found on the top of the page) as Nando's have provided 25 fantastic recipes for you to try at home. From soups and meatballs to Nando's classics such as Hot Peri-Peri Nuts and Peri-Peri Corn On The Cob ... there's something for everyone. There's even a recipe for a delicious Chocolate and Chilli Milkshake !!!
>>> http://www.nandos.co.uk/prodrange/GCO/Shop_and_Cook.html <<<
If you love Nando's just as much as me, but can't quite justify paying out for it everytime you get that craving then this is the marinade for you.
The bottle itself has identical pictures and such that you would find in the restaurant, so has immediately recognisable packaging that you can spot on the shelf. In my supermarket it's along with all the pasta sauces and other dips, so you shouldn't have any problem finding it.
If you plan to marinade your meat with the sauce then i would recommend doing so the night before or at least two hours before you intend to cook the meat. Simply pop your chicken, or maybe turkey or vegetarian alternative into a bowl and smother with this marinade. If you don't want to use a whole bottle you can add a little bit of water and oil to make it go further, but not too much because you obviously still want the taste. When you cook it, you should also consider putting down some foil because in my experience the marinades drip a bit which can be messy!
The alternative with these is that you can use them as dips with meat if you don't want, or don't have time to marinade. Depending on the flavour, you use a lot less but can make the bottle go further while still having much of the taste.
I used to buy these a lot in Tesco where they were on offer for £1 a small bottle, which is excellent value. Even if you intend to use this all in one meal, it is a great way to flavour your foods.
This is Nandos in your home! What a brilliant idea from this chain, especially as they don't do home deliveries. There are about 7-8 flavours of marinade available, but I personally like the Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil. It is not spicy at all - the spiciness should be added using the peri-peri table sauce.
I've always used chicken legs (thighs and/or drumsticks) for this as I find breast meat dries out too quickly. Also the extra fat in the chicken leg keeps the marinade moist and tends to help prevent any burning in the oven.
The instructions tell us to marinade the chicken for as long as possible (overnight - and possibly beyond if you can wait that long!). But Nandos for me as always been spur of the moment because of its ease of use so 30 minutes marinading is usually enough. However, you have to use quite a lot to prevent lost of flavour in the oven, especially when after a while it can start to burn.
Accompany the chicken with some plain rice and side sauce of Nandos peri peri sauce. I've also started "adding" to the marinade - i.e. adding extra pepper, a squirt of lemon juice and chopped chilis even. It fares quite well with being adapted to, so the skies the limit really with this marinade.
A great staple to have in the store cupboard and because it's so easy to use and make, it's a great alternative to midnight cereal snacking!
Nando's Peri Peri Marinade is possibly the most phenomenal thing I have ever tasted! I am not a big fan of very spicy food which is why I find Nando's Peri Peri Sun-dried Tomato Marinade so tasty.
The sauce itself has a great kick to it without being too over powering or too spicy. I use mine in almost everything! From rice to chicken dishes and even sometimes scrambled eggs!
I have not tried many of the other Nando's sauces, apart from the Lemon and Herb one, as most of the other sauces are generally too hot for me to handle.
For anyone who likes Nando's I would really reccommend buying this sauce, and try using it in whatever you like! If you prefer something hotter then go for it, or even something more mild then go for something less spicy.
Nando's marinade is available from most grocery shops and all major supermarkets.
Nando's wouldn't be Nando's without their now famous Peri-Peri sauces and marinades. They've now made their marinades available in their restaurants and in selected supermarkets.
They are available in nine differnt flavours:
Lemon & Herb
Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil
Sweet & Sticky BBQ
Honey, Soy & Ginger
Lime & Coriander
Mango & Lime
There really is something for everyone there. Its a really broad range of flavours so you should easily be able to find one to suit your needs. They whole range is Kosher and Halal and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. I would personally recommend the Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil, the Smokey BBQ and the Portuguese BBQ. They have all done me well in the past, and, I would expect, will do so in the future. Nando's recommends that yo marinade your meat the day before you intend to cook it so that it gets the full benefit of the flavour but I've often left it until an hour or so before and it has always tasted great. You can also use the marinades as a table sauce but they are obviously not as good as the Nando's sauces which were intended for that use!
These are well worth buying and keeping for those days when you can actually have a barbecue as they taste great and make your meals much more interesting!