What The Heck Is Nando’s Chicken And Why Is Everyone In England Obsessed With It?

An American investigates.

1. Nando’s is a sort of fast food, sort of sit down Portuguese chicken restaurant originally from South Africa. Everyone in England loves it.

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2. It’s seriously a thing.

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Nando's, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name

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7. The vibe inside a Nando’s is super like an Applebee’s. But people are actually excited to go there, like Chipotle.

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8. A lot of British celebrities, like Ed Sheeran, have Nando’s black cards that let them eat there for free. Basically, Nando’s is considered a really cool place.

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9. OK, cool, but how does it stack up to American chains? Let’s investigate, shall we…

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10. It was suggested that a good place to start at Nando’s was its chicken roulette meal and two sides. I got macho peas and sweet potato mash.

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11. How was the sweet potato mash?

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Verdict: It’s pretty great. It’s like your typical mashed sweet potato dish. Nothing crazy spectacular but definitely not gross and it goes really well with the chicken.

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12. How were the macho peas?

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Verdict: They were really interesting. Not the usual thing you think of when you think fast food chicken joint. Nevertheless, they were definitely not gross.

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13. How was the chicken?

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Verdict: So it’s grilled chicken, not fried. And it definitely makes KFC look like garbage. The chicken roulette is a 10-piece bag of mild and spicy wings mixed together, so you don’t really know what you’re going to bite into. That being said, none of them were very hot.

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14. Which is where Peri-Peri sauce comes in.

Verdict: Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce is awesome. The extra hot bottle really isn’t that spicy compared to American hot sauces. It’s probably a little spicier than Frank’s Red Hot, except it’s a lot better.

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15. In conclusion, Nando’s is definitely as good England thinks it is.

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I mean, it’s just chicken, how different could it be, right? Nando’s makes just really quality chicken wings. It’s hell of a lot better than what you’d get at KFC and it’s a lot classier than a Buffalo Wild Wings.

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16. As of right now, there are a handful in America, but only in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia area. If you come across one, definitely give it a shot.

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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