Nando's new menu includes sweet potato wedges, garlic perinaise and a plant-based fake chicken wrap

NANDO’S has launched a new plant-based menu which includes sweet potato wedges, garlic perinaise and a fake chicken option for wraps, burgers and pittas.

The chain's first ever meat alternative has been dubbed the Great Imitator as it's been designed to smell, taste and look just like Nando’s famous Peri-Peri chicken breast fillet. 

The new product, which is made entirely from pea protein, will be available in nationwide restaurants and for delivery from Tuesday.

It will be served as four strips in burgers, pittas and wraps and served with Nando’s vegan Perinaise. 

Meanwhile, Nando’s fans will still be able to choose their level of heat on the Peri-ometer if they order the plant-based option.

It comes as part of the chain’s plans to “cater to changing dietary habits” as well as a drive for more sustainable product options. 

Nando’s new plant-based menu

WE outline Nando’s new meat-free options below.

The Great Imitator prices for Burger, Wrap and Pitta:

  • On its own – £5.90,
  • +1 Reg side – £7.90,
  • +2 Reg sides – £9.40
  • Calories: Burger – 462, Pitta – 513, Wrap – 560

Sweet Potato Wedges with Garlic Perinaise:

  • £3.45
  • Calories – 440 in one sharing plate.

 

The fake chicken option also carries much lighter calories with 462 in the burger, 513 in the Pitta and 560 in the wrap.

This compares to 654 calories in Nando’s Perinaise Chicken Burger, 1125 in its Perinaise Chicken Breast Pitta and 583 in the Perinaise Chicken breast wrap.

However, the Great Imitator is "not suitable for vegans" as it's prepared on the same grill as Nando’s chicken.

The restaurant chain is instead aiming the product at flexitarians – diners who are not fully vegetarian but have meat-free days. 

The new meat-free option follows in the wake of KFC’s vegan burger, which landed at the beginning of the year in time for Veganuary and uses Quorn fillets smothered in the Colonel's Original herbs and spices recipe.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s has been offering its popular Veggie Dippers since January – two red pepper, tomato pesto and split pea mix goujons. But these are currently out of stock while McDonald's works on the recipe.

For Nando’s the Great Imitator isn’t the only new plant-based item coming to its October menu. 

Customers can now tuck into Sweet Potato Wedges with Garlic Perinaise with 10p from each purchase going to Nando’s Fighting Malaria.

The new Garlic Perinaise is now available as a condiment along with Peri BBQ sauce, but this is not plant-based.

Dawn Carr, director of Vegan Corporate Projects at PETA, says: "PETA is delighted to have played a part in Nando's journey to putting this delicious plant-based chicken on the table. 

“Nando's can't guarantee zero risk of cross-contamination, so it's not calling it vegan, but as all the ingredients in the burger and pitta versions are completely animal-free – right down to the mayo – we say these are an excellent choice for vegans, vegetarians, meat-reducers, and chickens. Cluck yes!"

Nando’s started offering table service when it reopened for dine-ins in July, replacing the usual system of ordering and paying at the till. 

In a bid to get customers back into branches, the chain introduced a deal where hungry diners could get a quarter of Peri Peri chicken for just £1.85 in August as part of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. 

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