Homemade Peri Peri Sauce

Here we will show you how to make your own peri-peri sauce. This recipe is similar to Nando’s marinade which you can use for tasty and juicy grilled chicken.

Simply add all the ingredients to a food processor and keep it stored in the refrigerator for weeks. You can marinate chicken breasts, thighs, or wings.

It helps make the chicken taste unbelievably fresh, spicy, and tender which is ideal for the BBQ season.

What Is Peri Peri Sauce?

Peri-peri sauce is a traditional African-style chili sauce that is the perfect marinade for grilled chicken and seafood.

It’s made from African bird’s eye chilies and a combination of other ingredients. In Portuguese, it is referred to “piri piri sauce”, but otherwise it is known as “peri-peri sauce”.

You might already be familiar with Nando’s and their branded sauces, so here is a homemade version that is similar but tastes so fresh and is perfect for the BBQ season.

This recipe calls for fresh ingredients which you can buy from your local supermarket and it’s totally worth it.

Homemade Peri Peri Sauce

Here I will show you how to make your own peri peri sauce. This recipe is just like Nando's marinade which you can use for tasty and juicy grilled chicken. Simply add all the ingredients to a food processor and keep it stored in the refrigerator. You can marinade chicken breasts, thighs or wings. Trust me, it will taste unbelievable fresh, spicy and juicy.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine African
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 red bell pepper
  • 8 african birds eye chilies roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro


  • Add all the ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor.
  • Blend for 1 minutes.
  • Add to a saucepan on medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
  • Allow the sauce to cool down.
  • Store in an air-tight container.
  • Store in refrigerator for 7-10 days.



  • If you cannot get hold of African Birds Eye Chilies, substitute them with regular red bird eye chilies or use four red chili peppers.
  • Use red wine vinegar to preserve this sauce for longer.
  • Use a small mason jar to keep this stored properly.
Keyword Hot Sauce Recipe, Nando's Marinade Recipe, Nando's Sauce Recipe, nandos fakeaway, Peri Peri Marinade, peri peri sauce
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Recipe FAQ

How long can you keep homemade peri-peri sauce in the fridge?

Keep this stored in an air-tight mason jar for best results. I would say roughly around 3-4 weeks, or even longer. As I’ve used red wine vinegar, this will last for longer and keep well in the fridge.

How to use peri peri sauce?

This is a fantastic sauce and marinade for grilled chicken recipes. If you love Nando’s, you can make your own version, a fakeaway, at home with chicken breasts, thighs or wings by using your griddle pan or cooking them on the BBQ. It seriously makes the chicken super tender, juicy, and spicy.

Here are some recipes which uses the peri-peri sauce: