Nando’s is a chicken restaurant as it only sells chicken. It’s also a fast food chain. My children love to eat at Nando’s. To me it’s nothing much special. The chicken is grilled. It’s the sauce that makes it special. If you love Nando’s, you will love this simple and easy chicken goujons cooked with Nando’s peri-peri sauce. By the way, I had just learned this new word ‘goujons’ recently when I saw a packet of frozen chicken meat in the supermarket. I’m sure you can call it chicken strips or even chicken sticks. It’s very quick to cook. It’s a real homemade fast food.
When I came back from Malaysia recently, I found a bottle of Nando’s sun-dried tomato and basil peri peri marinade sauce and a bottle of hot peri-peri sauce in the fridge. My children bought them from the supermarket to use as a dipping sauce.
To encourage them to eat more at home, the best is to cook for them……homemade Nando’s, not grilled whole chicken but pan fried chicken goujons. My children liked it very much. They said it’s better than Nando’s….yeah!! They have not talked about going to Nando’s since. I’ve won…hehe.
These chicken goujons are very simple, easy and quick to cook. If you follow my recipes, you will find that I hardly use chicken breast meat in my cooking. I grew up with the knowledge that chicken thighs or chicken drumsticks are the best. They are juicy and tender. We serve our guests the best past……chicken thighs and chicken legs, not chicken breast meat! Chicken breast meat is cheaper than chicken legs back home. But it’s just the opposite here. So, you can imagine how delighted I was when I came here to find chicken legs are cheap.
But I used chicken breast meat here to make these chicken goujons. I had the breast meat from a whole chicken that I bought. I cut out the breast meat and used the rest to make a good chicken soup. These peri-peri chicken goujons are a real surprise to me….very tender and delicious. Here is my Better Than Nando’s Per-peri Chicken Goujons (Strips) recipe.
1 whole chicken breast meat (cut into strips)
2T sun-dried tomato and basil peri-peri marinade sauce
Mix Ingredients B in a bowl. Dip the chicken pieces into the marinade.
1T dried parsley
1T dried basil
3/4T fine sea salt
Mix Ingredients C in a bowl. After dipping the chicken pieces into the marinade, dip into the flour mixture.
Lay the chicken pieces on a tray.
When all is done, heat up some oil in a frying pan and pan fry the chicken pieces. This is pan-fried and not deep-fried which is less oily and less fattening. When the bottom turns golden, turn them over and fry until the other side is also golden. Dish up and serve hot with your favourite sauce. My children liked it with Nando’s hot sauce…spicy and delicious.
What happens to the left over marinade and coating mix? Don’t throw. Just mix the 2 together to make a pancake batter. Add water if it’s too thick. Pour into the pan to make pancakes. It’s delicious dipped in chilli sauce. If you like the pancake to be softer, beat in an egg and mix well before frying.
This chicken goujons are very delicious on its own, go with potato fries, with rice, with noodles or even used in wrap or tortillas. Kids will love this, but without the spicy dipping sauce.
Other chicken recipes that you may be interested in:
Fast And Easy Malaysian Chicken Curry
Super Fast Chinese Roasted Chicken
Teriyaki Chicken And Rice
Fried Korean Kimchi Chicken
Quick Sour Plum Sauce Chicken
Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
Hot Ginger Sauce Chicken
Spicy Aromatic Baked Chicken
Palm Sugar (Gula Melaka) Chicken
More chicken recipes at my Recipes section.
Quote of the day……
“Cheerfulnessis the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.”
- Joseph Addison