Did you know that spicy foods are said to help you live longer? According to a Harvard study, an ingredient in chili peppers can help burn fat and help fight infection and stimulate the kidneys, lungs and heart.

I'm definitely down with living longer while adding a little more spice to my life!

Lately, I've been using PERi-PERi sauce in my usual recipes to switch up the seasoning. The South African/Portuguese sauce brings bold flavor and spice to any dish via its main ingredient, the African Bird's Eye Chili, a unique pepper hailing from Mozambique.

Below are a few recipes, featuring Nando’s beloved PERi-PERi sauce, that are perfect for a weekend brunch.


Chicken, Pineapple & Sweet Potato Kebabs

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Serves: 4


4 Chicken breasts with skin on, each cut into 3

1 Pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks

2 Sweet potato, washed and cut into chunks

2 Yellow peppers, quartered

2 Red peppers, quartered

Bay leaves, to garnish

3 Tbsp Olive oil

1 Cup Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

½ Cup coconut cream


1.    Preheat oven to 350°F. Skewer the chicken, pineapple, sweet potato, yellow peppers and onion onto a large skewer garnishing each end with a bay leaf.

2.    Combine the olive oil, Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce and coconut cream in a mixing bowl. Coat the kebabs with the spicy marinade and place in the oven to roast for 45 minutes or until the sweet potato is cooked and golden brown.

Zucchini and Tomato Baked Eggs

Preparation Time: 8 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Serves: 2


1 Yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced

1 Zucchini, chopped into small chunks

½ Red pepper, cut into small chunks

14 oz. Canned tomatoes

2 Eggs

2 Tbsp Oil

1 Tsp Cumin Seeds

1 oz. Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

Pinch of salt



1.    On medium-low heat combine the olive oil and cumin seeds in a deep, medium skillet and stir until fragrant.

2.   Add the onions and a pinch of salt to the skillet and stir until they begin to brown, then stir in the zucchini and red pepper.

3.   Pour the canned tomatoes over the top of the veggies so that it makes an even layer and swirl Nando’s PERi-PERi on top. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

4.   Crack the eggs into the skillet, ensuring enough space between them.

5.   Take skillet off heat and place under a hot grill until eggs are cooked, about 5 minutes.

6.   Top with fresh cilantro and serve with chunks of warm bread if desired.

Chicken strips with Peri-peri and without the corn flakes

Chicken strips with Peri-peri and without the corn flakes

PERi-PERi Cornflake Chicken Strips

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 12-15 Minutes

Serves: 2


2 Chicken breasts with skin off, each cut into 4 strips

1 bottle Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce

½ Cup plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper

½ Cup crushed Cornflakes


1.    Preheat oven to 425°F.

2.    Coat each strip of chicken in the flour mixture and dip in Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce before covering with the crushed cornflakes.

3.   Lay on a slightly greased pan and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.

4.   Enjoy by dipping in more of your favorite Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce.