Nando’s chicken fakeaway… yes please! Nando’s chicken is one of those pleasures in life… the meat is just amazingly flavoured and has great char on it. Order it well done for even more flavour too. Personally, my favourite has to be the chicken thighs! The extra fat content in the thighs makes them so succulent and tasty. In my opinion the breast doesn’t come close in comparison (cue angry Nando’s Butterfly Chicken fans!).
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The lockdown resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has been terrible for many of us. Food definitely isn’t the first thing on our minds as of late. However, I have found myself starting to crave Nando’s chicken. This probably isn’t helped by there being a Nando’s right outside my place of work. Being a key worker I continue to drive past this on a daily basis, with it looking all sad and dark inside. No more of the Nando’s music and vibe that we all love.
Reuben luckily had a couple of Nando’s visits prior to the lockdown and he absolutely loved it. I couldn’t believe how much he ate! To be honest it came as a bit of a surprise to me, as prior to this he wasn’t that big of a meat eater. I think I’m like most parents in that we love watching our children eat. I don’t know why, but if our baby eats a good portion for a meal it fills us with this inexplicable pride… parenthood does weird things to us!
It was on one of my drives to work a few mornings ago that I decided there was no other option but to bring Nando’s to our house to fulfil this craving that I mentioned earlier. A Nando’s chicken fakeaway was definitely the next best thing!
Making Nando’s Chicken Fakeaway Baby-Friendly
Usual Nando’s chicken is usually high in it’s salt content. Add the chilli and this makes it not something you’d usually be in a rush to feed your little one with. Making some tweaks to take this into account, my version removes the heat and salt. However, it also leaves the flavour behind. Therefore, this can be used as something to feed the entire family. Warm some pittas through, make some sweet potato mash, grab some corn and you have yourself a perfect Nando’s fakeaway!
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Nando’s chicken is one of those pleasures in life… it is just superb. However, the level of spice and the salt content may usually be a little high for infants, and therefore making your own modified version is perfect. This Nando’s Fakeaway chicken takes the heat out, but leaves the flavour in, making it perfect for little ones. As they get older start to experiment with varying levels of spice, although maybe stay away from the Xtra Hot for a while!
1 Tsp Sweet Paprika
1 Tsp Cumin
1 Tsp Ground Coriander
1/2 Tsp White Pepper
1 Tsp Oregano
1 Tsp Onion Powder/Granules
1 Tsp Garlic Powder/Granules
Glug Olive Oil
4 Chicken Thighs
- Mix all of the ingredients, except for the chicken. If using garlic and onion granules then consider grinding them first in a pestle and mortar, although this isn’t essential.
- All the chicken to the marinade and leave for a few hours, or preferably overnight.
- Either bake the chicken in the oven (180C/350F) for 20-25 minutes, or cook in a cast iron skillet/non-stick pan for 15-20 minutes. Ensure that there is no pink remaining in the chicken before serving.
- Serve with your favourite Nando’s sides, such as sweet potato mash, pitta bread, hummus, rice etc.
Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days, or freeze the marinated chicken prior to cooking and defrost thoroughly in the fridge when you want to use it.
Suitable: Suitable from 6 months +. To serve to a young child (approx. 6-9m) remove the skin and pull the meat apart until it’s like a pulled chicken consistency. I use chicken thighs for this recipe because the fat content makes the meat more succulent and easier to pull apart (and they taste nicer too!). For older children (approx. 9-18m) consider cutting into strips and encourage the use of a fork to pick these up. Judge the transition from each type of serving depending on how many teeth your baby has and how they are progressing with their chewing, as they will have to be able to bite the chicken off and chew this for the 9-18m method of serving.
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