That fine Portuguese chicken is one of the best things to eat when you head out and about.

There is just one slight problem.

It’s not Portuguese.

While the company says it is ”Portuguese” style chicken, it is in fact from somewhere else.

A place we like to call, because thats it’s name, South Africa.

That’s right it’s South African.

The first Nando’s store was opened in Rosettenville in Johannesburg in 1987 by Fernando Duarte and Robbie Bozin.


The food does have a Mozambique/Portuguese theme as it inspired by the explorers who set sail centuries ago.

The Nandos website says ”The winds of Africa called them ashore and it was there, under the warm sun, in the rich soil that they discovered the African Bird’s Eye Chilli or PERi-PERi.


“A spice like no other, they used it to create a unique sauce that put fire in their bellies and ignited passion in their souls.”

So next time you are there, think South Africa.