THESE are the Nando’s food hacks that chicken fans won’t want to be without.
Cheesy garlic bread and secret marinades; a tasty Nando’s burrito and a garlic bread bun — these items won’t be found on a menu in any of its 340 restaurants in the UK.
But with some inventive ordering you could be tucking into a unique and tasty meal that will leave your dinner buddy jealous.
So take note of these clever tricks that will allow you to make a clucking delicious Portuguese feast.
1 – Nando’s Burrito
It’s simple, but effective.
All you need to do is order a wrap off the menu — preferably a beef one like the Prego Steak with Chilli Jam so that it’s close to a real burrito.
But make sure you order the spicy rice on the side.
Then when your food comes, get creative by opening up your wrap, tipping in the rice and bundling it up again.
cheesy mash with Nando’s sauce will forever be my fave????
— alcarter (@alexcarterxxo) July 17, 2017
2 – Cheesy garlic bread / mash
There are few things that can’t be improved with cheese — and that includes some of Nando’s grub.
Its garlic bread and mashed potato are already top-selling side dishes, but what if you want to make them extra decadent?
Simple. Just order them with your meal but ask for some cheese slices that are normally reserved for the sunset burger.
Most restaurants will be happy to melt the cheese for you, but if they don’t you can just do it yourself at the table.
Shaun said if I lost weight at SW today he would take me for lunch… Soooo Nando’s it was! Peritamer chicken thighs (most fat removed), spicy rice – 2 syns, corn – free, half a perinaise – 2 syns… Counting 10 to be safe! #nandos #sw #swuk #slimmingworld #weighinday #chickenthighs #swnandos #peritamer #eatingout
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3 – Fresh flavours for your chicken
Fancy a break from the normal selection of marinades?
Or are the spice levels a bit too much for your palate?
Feel free to ask for the Peri-tamer flavour off the kids menu for your meal.
The mellow barbecue taste is still delicious but it’s low calorie and doesn’t pack a punch.
The Peri-flamer is also available for diners who want the smokey taste of barbecue while keeping the kick of Peri spice.
— Tom Preece (@preecey_99) October 1, 2016
4 – The Fantoke
Make sure you use the self-serve fizzy drinks machine to its full potential with this hybrid bevvy.
Although it sounds weird, mixing Fanta and Coke half-and-half creates a tasty alternative.
It was invented by Spurs star Dele Ali — whose legions of fans have been copying him and spreading word of his Fantoke creation.
Want to cut the calories? Diet Coke mixed with Fanta is the way to go.
5 – Garlic Bread Burger Bun
Want to give your burger a zingy hit of garlic? Then this is the food hack for you.
Order your burger with a side of garlic bread and swap the slices for the normal burger bun.
Some serious flavour-fans even slather on perinaise sauce onto the garlic bread before sandwiching their burger filling.
6 – Rice And Peas
It’s a Caribbean classic pairing with a Portuguese twist.
Get your spicy rice and macho peas as the side orders with your dinner.
Tip the bowls onto the plate and mix thoroughly — and hey presto, its a perfect combo.
Nando’s new breakfast menu looks gooood? pic.twitter.com/nzPTP2v3Xp
— Arianna Ajtar (@Arianna_Ajtar) October 2, 2016
7 – Nando’s for BREAKFAST
Yes, it’s true. You can get your hit of Peri-infused chicken goodness first thing in the morning.
The breakfast menu includes the Nando’s Benedict — chicken with two poached eggs and wilted spinach topped with Peri-hollandaise).
And there’s the Nando’s beans & eggs on toast and “corny browns”.
But don’t get too excited.
These early-bird dishes are only available at Gatwick Airport.
But it is definitely work booking a morning flight to have an excuse to tuck into a Nando’s brekkie.
8 – The #Merky
The food hack that became so popular it was actually added to the menu.
The Merky was the brainchild of grime legend Stormzy, who put halloumi inside two slices of garlic bread and tweeted a snap.
Soon, Nando’s bosses spotted that he was onto something — and the Merky was born.
The menu describes it as: “Grilled Halloumi Cheese, served in a tasty toasted Portuguese Roll with garlic and a touch of chilli.