Food & nutrition

What to choose from the Nando’s menu if you want to lose weight

On a weight loss journey? Discover the healthiest picks from the Nando's menu.
Published 22 March, 2019

We love Nando's!

At WW we’re all about freedom and flexibility, which means you can lose weight while eating the foods you love.

There’s no need to miss out on social occasions with friends and family as a WW member. And we can prove it! From Nando’s to Pizza Express, this is the first in a series of articles dedicated to eating out and staying on track. 

Whether you’ve saved some weeklies for a special occasion (yaaas willpower!) or someone’s sprung a surprise dinner on you, there are plenty of Points®-friendly choices at all your favourite restaurants. As long as you pay attention to portion sizes, plan ahead and make savvy food choices, nothing is off-limits.

Nando's menu

First up in the series is Nando’s! There are plenty of healthier options on the menu, but don’t just wing it: read our expert recommendations, then scroll for our PersonalPoints™ guide to boss your Budget while chowing down on some tasty Peri-Peri chicken.

Our 4.8* rated WW app can also help keep you on track, with in-built Points values for meals at 70 restaurants across the UK.

How to track on the WW app: simply scroll to 'Browse restaurants' on your My Day screen, tap 'Restaurant name' and type 'nando's' into the search bar, then scroll or search for your meal. Find out more about tracking on the app.

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Nando’s chicken

Skinless chicken breast is a lean protein, which means it's super low in PersonalPoints. However, Nando’s chicken is cooked with the skin on and some is cooked on the bone, which means all menu items have a Points value that you’ll need to track.

Our top choices would be the ¼ chicken which is 7 PersonalPoints (PP) or the chicken butterfly which is 6PP. Both dishes feature chicken breast as opposed to thighs (which are higher in saturated fat) and wings (which are just plain fiddly!).

If you did want to opt for wings, 3 chicken wings are 6PP and 5 chicken wings are 9PP in total.

Nando’s burgers

Sink your teeth into a Grilled chicken burger for 10-12PP or a Grilled chicken pitta 12-14PP. Fancy doubling up? Just add 2 extra PersonalPoints.

Top with a grilled portobello mushroom for an extra 3PP.

Looking for veggie alternatives? Try the Spiced Chickpea Burger for 17PP, The Great Imitator Burger for 15PP or how about a Beanie Burger for 16PP.

Nando’s salads

Fancy something lighter? At 0PP, you don’t even need to track the mixed leaf salad (unless you’ve got your eye on a WellnessWins™ reward!). If a bowl of leaves isn’t going to cut it, add a chicken breast for an extra 2PP.

The Rainbow Bowl Salad with Chicken (12-16PP) is also a great option. Thanks to the wholegrains, green beans and butternut squash, this is a healthy and hearty dish. Keep it veggie by having the Rainbow Bowl Salad with PERi-plant strips instead for 17-19PP.

Alternatively, you could build your own salad by ordering different sides and small dishes. For instance, the mixed leaf salad with chicken (2PP) and a regular spiced grains & butternut squash side (6PP) with rainbow slaw (4PP) makes a delicious, fibre-packed DIY salad for 12PP.

Or, how about going for a mixed leaf salad with chicken (2PP), a side of long stem broccoli (1PP) and a corn on the cob without butter (0-4PP) for a total of 3-7 PersonalPoints.

What’s a salad without a dressing? The Peri Peri drizzle is 3 Points per 20ml.

Nando’s sides

If you fancy something on the side, how about the spiced grains & butternut squash side packed full of wholesome grains for 6PP? It also contains green beans and dried fruit which boost the protein and fibre content, helping you feel fuller for longer.

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Not in the mood for grains? The regular spicy rice is 7PP per serving. A regular corn on the cob is 0-4PP and a regular rainbow slaw is 4PP. You can even add to your budget at Nando’s by tracking a handful of non-starchy vegetables; with a side of long stem broccoli (1PP) or a mixed leaf salad (0PP).

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Nando’s desserts

Dessert was NEVER out of the question, and here are our top picks. We love the frozen yogurt which comes in four flavours. The mango, vanilla and strawberry is 5PP per serving, while the chocolate is 6PP per serving. Special occasion? If your Budget allows, go bottomless and grab a free refill.

The grilled pineapple in the ‘Extras’ section of the menu is 0-1PP. It makes a great fruity finish to any meal and is full of fibre and antioxidants. Or, if dessert is the main event, treat yourself to a Naughty Nata custard tart for 8 PersonalPoints - who can resist a freshly baked Portuguese tart?

The grand finale: Nando’s in 9-13 PersonalPoints!

Cast your eyes below for a super Points-friendly meal at Nando's.

  • Starter: Spicy mixed olives, shared between 2 people (2PP)
  • Mains: Mixed leaf salad with a grilled chicken breast (2PP) and a corn on the cob (0-4PP)
  • Dessert: Frozen yogurt. Choose from vanilla, strawberry and mango (5PP per serving)
  • Drink: Iced water (0PP)

TOTAL: 9-13 PersonalPoints

There you have it: proof you can enjoy a 3-course meal at Nando’s for as little as 9 Points! Feeling peckish? Find your nearest Nando’s.

Your Points guide to the Nando’s menu

StartersPersonalPoints
Halloumi sticks & dip19PP
Houmous with PERi-PERi Drizzle & Pitta Bread26PP
Sweet potato wedges with garlic PERinaise18PP
PERi-PERi Nuts23PP
Spicy mixed olives4PP
PERi-PERi chicken
Chicken butterfly6PP
¼ chicken7PP
3 chicken wings6PP
5 chicken wings9PP
4 boneless chicken thighs17PP
Burgers, pitta and wraps
Fino pitta26PP
Sunset Burger21PP
Double chicken burger10-14PP
Double chicken pitta12-16PP
Double chicken wrap15-19PP
Grilled chicken pitta12-14PP
Grilled chicken wrap15-17PP
Grilled chicken burger10-12PP
Salads
Rainbow Bowl12-14PP
Rainbow Bowl with PERi Plant Strips17-19PP
Rainbow Bowl with Chicken12-16PP
Veggie
Spiced chickpea burger17PP
Beanie wrap21PP
Beanie pitta18PP
Beanie burger16PP
The Great Imitator wrap or pitta17PP
The Great Imitator burger15PP
Portobello mushroom & halloumi pitta24PP
Side dishes
Regular plain or PERi Salted Chips 14PP
Regular spicy rice7PP
Regular Spiced Grains & Butternut Squash6PP
Regular macho peas3-4PP
Regular garlic bread13PP
Regular corn on the cob (without butter)0-4PP
Regular creamy mash12PP
Regular rainbow slaw4PP
Regular coleslaw9PP
Regular long stem broccoli1PP
Mixed leaf salad0PP
Extras
Grilled halloumi cheese8PP
Beanie patty6PP
Portuguese roll or toasted pitta with butter9PP
Tortilla wrap8PP
Portobello mushroom3PP
PERi-plant strips5PP
Pineapple0-1PP
Desserts
Frozen yogurt (vanilla, strawberry, mango)5PP
Frozen yogurt (chocolate)6PP
Naughty nata custard tart8PP
Choc-A-Lot cake29PP
Gooey caramel cheesecake22PP
Salted caramel brownie21PP
Chocolate gelado8PP
Mango gelado6PP
Vanilla or Coconut gelado10PP

Disclaimer: The PersonalPoints listed in these guides are correct at the time of publishing (March 2022). Unless otherwise stated, the Points values listed are for the item as served in the restaurant - so if you ordered the chicken steamed gyoza at Wagamama, the Points value of 7PP includes all five gyoza that come as part of the dish. You might notice discrepancies between the Points you calculate using the nutritional details provided by the restaurant and the Points listed for meals in these guides. That's because the PersonalPoints have taken into account any ZeroPoint™ ingredients in the meal and been adjusted accordingly, whereas the restaurant information includes nutritional values for all ingredients. For tracking purposes, use the Points values listed in these guides.