What To Serve With Peri Peri Chicken That Is Slimming World Friendly?

Updated on 
27 December, 2022

Our Best Ideas For SW Friendly Peri Peri Chicken Side Dishes & Recipe Inspo!

Piri piri chicken is a popular Slimming World recipe that features either boneless chicken thighs or organic, free-range chicken breasts in a peri-peri marinade from spices, usually, the recipe is syn free too! 

Most of the slimming world recipes for peri chicken feature a side of SW friendly chips, but you can serve them with a huge variety of slimming world sides depending on what you fancy. 

Down below in our guide, we have listed out our favourite SW friendly side dishes to pair with your peri peri chicken, as well as some full recipes from the best online for some cooking inspiration!

Easy Side Dishes For Peri Peri Chicken 

Making your SW friendly Piri Piri chicken recipe is one thing, but figuring out what to serve your tasty piece of chicken with is another, you should make sure the side compliments the chicken pieces spicy taste but it also needs to stay low syn.

We've listed our best ideas below.

SW Friendly Chips 

There are many ways you can make slimming world chips, but in an actifry is one of the easiest ways possible. All you need is some wedges cut, a little oil for crispy potatoes and tossed in your favourite spices such as paprika or chilli powder.


Coleslaw goes great with piri piri chicken, and you can always make it lower syn by using natural yoghurt instead of mayonnaise when making it. Simply chop some onions, carrots and cabbage then mix with your mayo/yog and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Spicy Rice 

Making a big batch of spicy paprika rice or Spanish rice is a healthier alternative to pre-prepared spicy rices from the supermarket which are often full of salt. You can pair this with your piri piri chicken and use it for other lunches too during the week. 

Mix your rice with spices such as paprika and chilli then choose your own diced veggies to toss in and cook.


Couscous makes a great light side for your piri piri chicken is easy to make in less than 10 minutes, it is technically pasta and if you get the wholegrain option it can give you a great serving of fibre.

Corn On The Cob

Yes, we are talking Nando style corn on the cob with your piri piri chicken, grab your corn, wrap it in foil with a little butter, garlic and salt then bake for around 35 minutes on low heat.

Sweet Potato 

Creamy sweet potato mash is a great filling side to have with your juicier chicken thighs or smoky chicken breasts, you can add a splash of milk or a little butter to make it even smoother.

Halloumi Grilled 

Why not grill up a little halloumi to have with your succulent peri-peri chicken, drill with a tiny amount of oil and season then serve in moderation.

Garlic Flatbreads

Making your garlic bread or garlic flatbreads can be a great side dish, but you could even use them to wrap up your chicken and eat it kebab style then pair with a salad for a complete dish!

Our Favourite Recipes For Slimming World Peri Peri Chicken 

Now we've gone over some of the best side dishes to have with your peri peri chicken, we have put together a small list of our favourite peri peri slimming world friendly chicken dishes online to help you out with the cooking process. 

Slimming Worlds Peri Peri Chicken & Chips 

At 1/2 syn per serving, this recipe from SW themselves serves 4 people and takes under an hour to cook. 

For the recipe, you will need to make sure you have 4 chicken legs, potatoes, garlic, tomato puree and Nando's medium peri peri sauce, but you can opt for a lighter spiced Nando sauce if you want. 

To make the food, you simply need to rub the peri peri mix all over your organic chicken legs, cook for 10 mins then add in your chips and allow it all to bake for around an hour. 

Syn Free Nando's Peri Peri Chicken 

This Nando's fakeaway peri peri chicken uses thighs to make the meal even juicier and is SYN FREE too. 

You should have your organic, free-range chicken thighs on hand, some buttery corn on the cob, and the paste ingredients to make a marinade to coat thighs. 

The thighs will be cooked on a grill pan and the corn boiled then grilled after, the whole recipe serves three people in total.

Final Words

Overall, peri peri chicken is a filling and healthy meal to be enjoyed on the SW diet with any side you like, keeping the meal low in syns and satisfying. For a Nando's fakeaway, this recipe with spicy rice and corn on the cob can hit the spot without you having to order unhealthy takeout and go over your syn allowance.

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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