Semolina Peri-Peri Chicken Nuggets…….and the TOP CHEF contest

An interesting twist to classic chicken nuggets!

Who does not love to bite into succulent, juicy nuggets of crispy fried chicken – no one I know of. This recipe is also proof of my obsession with the peri-peri sauce range by Nando’s. I discovered this product after shifting to Oz land and yes, like I said, it has become an obsession. In fact, it has firmly replaced ‘the Tabasco’ in my pantry.

If you cannot lay your hands on Nando’s sauces, then a good alternative would be Tabasco or even hot paprika powder. Instead of the classic batter or breadcrumb mixture, I decided to use coarse semolina (rava) which is a staple especially in the Indian households.

Ah! The delight of biting through the crunch into the spicy, juiciness of fried chicken.


The semolina peri-peri chicken nuggets are the perfect appetizer or after-school snack and hence it is also my entry into the TOP CHEF contest being held by the Home Chefs Guild (

If you liked this recipe as much as I do, please click the link and vote for me by liking the image –

Thanks a ton!


1. Lean chicken breast (boneless) – 300 gm, cut into small pieces
2. Nando’s medium peri-peri sauce – 3-4 tbsp
3. Soy sauce – 1 tbsp
4. Salt – to taste
5. Pepper – to taste
6. Semolina (coarse rava) – enough to coat the chicken pieces
7. Vegetable oil – 4-5 tbsp for shallow frying


Place the chicken pieces in a bowl and add the peri-peri sauce and soy sauce. Rub well into the chicken pieces to form a wet coating.
•Season with salt and pepper. (Remember that both the sauces contain salt, so taste before adding more)
•Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to let the marinade work its magic.
•Coat the chicken pieces well in semolina and shallow fry on a tava.

Note – You could also bake these nuggets.



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7 thoughts on “Semolina Peri-Peri Chicken Nuggets…….and the TOP CHEF contest

  1. […] frying to get the crispy exterior. Now, that’s a winner! I have tried the same technique to make chicken nuggets and my kiddo loved […]


  2. sankeetha January 17, 2014 at 12:13 am Reply

    hi dhanya, very nice twist added to chicken nuggets recipe.. i’l surely try it..
    sorry, i tried to follow the link to vote you for the chef contest now, but it says ” the page is expired”..


    • vanyadhanya January 17, 2014 at 3:20 am Reply

      only the members of the group can vote da. I didn’t know that when I posted on my blog.


  3. afracooking January 13, 2014 at 6:11 pm Reply

    Love the idea of sprucing up this classic dish with this new twist!


    • vanyadhanya January 13, 2014 at 10:20 pm Reply

      its not even deep fried..makes it even more awesome


  4. aryana0821 January 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm Reply

    Looks yummy I need to try it 🙂


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