If you’re wondering what to serve with your peri peri chicken, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 14 of the most popular side dishes for peri peri chicken.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with peri peri chicken are coconut lime rice, corn riblets, potato wedges, no mayo coleslaw, and macho peas. Try tomato cucumber salad, turmeric roasted cauliflower, or a kale salad for healthier options. For something a little different, use naan bread as a wrap.
Ready? let’s jump right in.
Coconut lime rice
Peri peri chicken is usually served with spicy Mexican rice.
But I think coconut lime rice is a superb option as well.
The tangy cilantro and lime juice will offset the coconut milk’s natural sweetness, giving you the perfect balance of flavors.
And the creamy coconut will cut through the heat of your peri peri chicken.
You only need 20 minutes to make this delicious coconut lime rice.
Roasted vegetable medley
In a rush?
Quickly take a look in your fridge and see what vegetables you have.
Toss them in oil and then season them with some salt and pepper, then put them in the oven.
In no time at all, you’ll have a yummy side and a clean fridge.
My favorite vegetables to roast are onions, zucchini, and peppers.
Don’t miss out on this recipe from Vicky and Ruth.
Tomato cucumber feta salad
Think peri peri is a little too spicy for you? Or looking for a summery side?
Whip up this tomato cucumber salad to beat the heat!
You’ve got cooling cucumber, sweet tomatoes, and some creamy, salty feta. All tossed in an acidic lemon dressing to keep things bright.
Make this tomato cucumber feta salad in just a few minutes for a quick lunch or dinner.
Love corn on the cob, but hate how messy it is to eat?
These corn riblets are the perfect solution to your dilemma.
They’re corn on the cob, just cut into quarters before cooking, making them easier to eat and less messy.
Serve these air fryer corn riblets with peri peri chicken for a satisfying and complete meal.
The riblets in the picture have a smokey paprika seasoning, but they’re just as good simply smothered with butter.
Looking for a simple but healthy side dish to go with your peri peri chicken?
Try roasted broccolini.
Boccolini is broccoli’s better-looking cousin.
It’s got more stalk (the tasty bit) than head and roasting it brings out all the earthy flavors.
The head gets slightly crispy, and the stalk becomes tender but not soggy. So it still has some crunch.
Give this dish a try with What’s Gaby Cooking’s easy-to-follow recipe.
Peri peri chicken is usually served with a heaping pile of fries.
But why not try it with potato wedges instead?
They’re thicker than your usual fries, which means more fluffy potato goodness.
Check out From A Chef’s Kitchen’s recipe for the perfect roasted potato wedges. And don’t forget to serve them with your favorite dipping sauce.
Mine’s garlic aioli.
No mayo coleslaw
If you love creamy coleslaw, but don’t want the additional calories, give this lighter version a try.
It features a low-fat Greek yogurt based dressing that’ll give you the same creaminess as mayonnaise, but with fewer calories.
The tangy yogurt perfectly contrasts your complexly flavored peri peri chicken.
One taste of this no-mayo coleslaw, and you may never go back to your traditional recipe.
Minty macho peas
Get the full Nando’s experience in the comfort of your own home with a meal of peri peri chicken and macho peas on the side.
It’s an easy dish that only calls for five ingredients, and can be done in under 20 minutes.
The pea’s pack a refreshing, herby punch – and they can be however spicy you want. For no spice, skip the chili.
Psst… these macho peas are great with fish and chips too.
Garlic naan bread
This isn’t a conventional side for peri peri chicken, but you can’t deny it’s an excellent pairing.
Use the naan like a wrap and load it up with juicy pieces of peri peri chicken then drizzle over some extra peri peri sauce and some cucumber raita.
And the best part?
You don’t even have to buy it – you can make the softest naan bread at home with basic pantry staples.
Grilled halloumi is an excellent accompaniment to your peri peri chicken.
Although you usually find this pairing in a pita or sandwich, you can also enjoy them on a bed of salad to keep your calorie count down.
The mild, salty flavors of halloumi will stand out against the chicken, but won’t overwhelm it.
Spruce up your meals with this delightful grilled halloumi.
Turmeric roasted cauliflower
From one brightly colored dish to another.
If you fancy adding some Indian flair to your Portuguese chicken, I recommend this turmeric-roasted cauliflower.
The florets are chock-full of good-for-you vitamins and nutrients.
And the turmeric adds a hint of bitterness, which works well with the tangy peri peri flavor.
Add some rice to the plate and you have a light, tasty meal.
Dill pickle pasta salad
Planning on serving your peri peri chicken at a cookout?
One of my go-to barbecue sides is a pasta salad.
It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser, and really easy to customize.
This dill pickle pasta salad recipe is a little different but I really like the moreish flavor of the pickles. And I would never say no to chunks of cheddar cheese.
For a more standard pasta salad check out this recipe.
Kale quinoa salad
Want something that’s substantial, but also healthy.
Look no further than this kale and quinoa salad.
Quinoa is a grain, similar to rice, except it has more protein and fiber.
Kale is another superfood that’s packed with nutrients. And my favorite ingredient in this salad, the pomegranate seeds, bring some sweetness to the salad.
Give this kale and quinoa salad a try!
Roasted sweet potatoes
Tender on the inside, with crispy, caramelized crusts – who could resist these roasted sweet potato cubes?
They make for an irresistible meal, especially with the fiery peri peri chicken.
Chelsea gives you two options, you can leave the sweet potatoes plain or season them with her cumin-based spice mix.
You’ll love these roasted sweet potatoes, so it’s a good thing they’re a breeze to make!
The best side dishes to serve with peri peri chicken
- Coconut lime rice
- Roasted vegetable medley
- Tomato cucumber feta salad
- Corn riblets
- Roasted broccolini
- Potato wedges
- No mayo coleslaw
- Minty macho peas
- Garlic naan bread
- Grilled halloumi
- Turmeric roasted cauliflower
- Dill pickle pasta salad
- Kale quinoa salad
- Roasted sweet potatoes
Can’t find peri peri sauce for your chicken? Check out my guide to the best peri peri substitutes here (I’ve tested them all!).
What To Serve With Peri-Peri Chicken
- 1 portion peri peri chicken
- Prepare your peri peri chicken according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: coconut lime rice, roasted vegetable medley, tomato cucumber feta salad, corn riblets, roasted broccolini, potato wedges, no mayo coleslaw, minty macho peas, garlic naan bread, grilled halloumi, turmeric roasted cauliflower, dill pickle pasta salad, and roasted sweet potatoes.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!