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05Oct 12

Cinnamon Chicken over Couscous

The flavours you get from cinnamon mixed with oranges and sultanas gives this chicken dish a fresh and mildly Moroccan twist. Cinnamon chicken over couscous is healthy and light, and you won’t need to add any butter or oil to the pan. It’s a great meal for summer and autumn evenings. Enjoy it with a glass of southern Spanish white.  If you like cooking with couscous, take a peek at this lamb with couscous and apricot salad recipe. Print Cinnamon Chicken over Couscous Author: Charlie Locke Recipe type: Main Prep time:  15 mins Cook time:  25 mins Total time:  40 mins Serves: 4   Cinnamon mixed with oranges and sultanas gives this chicken dish a fresh and mildly Moroccan twist. Ingredients 4 skinless chicken breasts 45g sultanas 260g couscous 1 tbsp plain flour ½ tsp ground cinnamon 2 medium oranges. All of the juice and 2tbsp orange zest 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 125g […]

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25Sep 12

Harissa Chicken and Rice Salad

I absolutely adore this harissa chicken and rice salad. For me, it’s pure summer on a plate; bursting with vibrant sun-ripened colours and flavours. Think of combining refreshing cucumber, mint and lime, with the mild spice of red chilli, ginger and harissa. Afterwards, you can cool and complement all this with thick and creamy Greek yoghurt and fresh herbs. I’m giving you the recipe for 4 people, but we sometimes double up the quantities if friends are coming round for a barbecue. It’s a complete meal in itself if you want it to be, but it also makes a great accompaniment to other marinated chargrilled meats or fish.  You could also just make the salad without the chicken, and serve it with these these ginger and coriander crab cakes.  I like to enjoy my harissa chicken and rice salad with a freezer cooled beer topped with a slice of lime. […]

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10Aug 12

Cheeky Chicken Strips for Kids

My daughter loves these cheeky chicken strips for kids, which are basically strips of chicken breast cooked in a sweet barbecue sauce. There are some wonderful recipes for hot, sweet or spicy barbecue sauces out there for you to experiment with, but we use a basic recipe for this dish to suit the taste buds of our little one. Our daughter likes to help to make the sauce, and we often find that when she takes part in cooking the meal, she enjoys eating it more – or will try something new or a little more adventurous than normal this way. We serve our cheeky chicken strips up with carrot sticks that can also be dipped in the sauce. It’s a great meal for summer weekends that the whole family can enjoy. The sauce recipe below is also great on spare ribs or pork, as well as chicken. If you […]

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30Jul 12

Chinese-Style Lemon Chicken

A Chinese-style lemon chicken dish that you can make at home.  Serve it with plain boiled rice or a medley of yummy veggies. For more Chinese chicken recipes, why not try this hot and spicy chicken with almonds? Ingredients: 475g chicken breasts, boneless 2 tsp dry cornflour, and 1 tsp cornflour mixed with water 1 egg white A generous pinch of salt 245ml groundnut oil The juice and zest of 4 lemons 90ml chicken stock A generous dash of dry sherry 1-2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp sugar A slug of sesame oil 1 clove garlic, skin removed and finely sliced 1 bunch spring onions, very finely sliced 1 fresh red chilli pepper, finely sliced 1cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and shredded Salt and pepper to season Steps: Make the chicken coating by mixing the egg white, dry cornflour, and salt together in a bowl. Cut the chicken breasts […]

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27Jul 12

Chicken Caesar Salad

I’ll confess that being a food lover and staying consistently slim have occasionally been a hard combination for me to successfully achieve. I’m always looking for ways to enjoy a rich and varied diet whilst trying to keep to, or get back to, my ideal weight. There have been some seasons where I’ve relied quite heavily on the delights of chicken caesar salad as a stock lunch because it’s lightish, healthyish and very, very tasty. It makes a good staple during these times with plenty of crunchy romaine lettuce, which I sometimes mix with spinach leaves for extra iron. And when I need to, I just go easy on the dressing, or swap it for a lower calorie version, and choose a leaner bacon. You can also try this lamb’s lettuce salad with serrano ham and apricots for a light and healthy lunch. Chicken Caesar salad was said to have […]

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24Jul 12

Chicken Marinated in Herbs and Garlic with Roasted Red Peppers

Here is a simple recipe bursting with flavour.  Chicken marinated in herbs and garlic with roasted red peppers is quick and easy to prepare, so don’t let the long name fool you! You can be getting on with other jobs whilst the peppers are roasting in the oven – and before you fry the chicken. If you are quite hungry, you can accompany the chicken with oven-roasted peppers and pine nut couscous. Ingredients: To marinate the chicken: 4 thin chicken fillets 3 cloves of garlic, pressed or finely chopped 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Fresh parsley, finely chopped For the roasted red peppers: 4-6 small to medium red bell peppers, whole 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil A couple of pinches of dried parsley 1 tsp whole cumin seeds Fresh ground black pepper Pinch of salt Garlic powder to taste Steps: Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Place the peppers […]

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21Jul 12

Paprika Garlic Chicken with Beans and Potatoes

Paprika garlic chicken with beans and potatoes is a meal I cook at least once a month.  It’s a modern twist on a classic meat and two veg dish: simple, wholesome and healthy.  Something for the weekend. Ingredients: 4 chicken breast fillets, about 1cm in thickness 4 garlic cloves, peeled and pushed through a garlic press 1-2 tsp smoked ground paprika A couple of pinches of salt 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for marinating and 2 tbsp for sautéing the vegetables 2 medium to large potatoes, skins on, chopped into 1.5cm rounds Pack of fresh runner beans, topped & tailed, then sliced into halves lengthwise before cutting at a shear angle into 4-5 cm lengths Juice of ½ lemon Fresh ground black pepper Steps: Put the chicken in a bowl, pour over the olive oil, and stir in the garlic and a pinch of salt.  Cover and leave in […]

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18Jul 12

Warm Coronation Chicken

Coronation Chicken is normally eaten cold. However, it’s also delicious served warm with rice.  Here’s one that I often cook in the spring and the summer.  Sometimes I make extra quantity; eat some hot, then store some in the fridge for a picnic. The invention of the dish is accredited to a florist called Constance Spry and a chef called Rosemary Hume, who prepared the combination of cold chicken and a creamy curry sauce for the Queen’s coronation in 1953.  There are many variations of the dish, including this warm coronation chicken. You can also use leftover chicken from previous recipes such as this sweetheart chicken curry with fragrant rice to use as a coronation chicken alternative. Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless 1 small onion, finely sliced 1 carrot, peeled into long, thin slices 2 tsp tomato purée 2 tbsp olive oil 2 shallots, finely sliced 2-3 tsp […]

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16Jul 12

Nutritious Chicken Nuggets

Home-made nutritious chicken nuggets use unprocessed meat, less salt and more natural ingredients than the ones you get in most restaurants and frozen sections of the supermarket. They are very quick to make and taste good, leaving the kids with happy tums and the mums with happy minds! Let’s face it – children just love chicken nuggets; and the ones they fill their tummies with are not always the healthiest. I know for my part, that I cringe a little inside when my daughter picks nuggets off a menu.  ‘If only she’d pick the soup, or something with vegetables, or something at least vaguely healthy,’ I think, and I worry about it. So I’m always looking for ways to create healthier alternatives at home. Making these give me some peace of mind knowing that at least my little one is getting a healthier version of the much loved chicken nugget. […]

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12Jul 12

Chicken with Almond Sauce

Having lived part of my life in Spain, I am passionately influenced by the flavours of both the Mediterranean and the Continental aspects of Spanish cooking. March sees much of the countryside come alive with the delicate pink blossom of the almond tree.  Because almonds are so abundant there, they are used in many sweet and savoury recipes.  Chicken with almond sauce is simply delicious. And for dessert, you can follow the almond theme with this flaked almond chocolate cake. Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless 50g ground almonds 20g wholemeal bread (1/2 to 3/4 of a slice) 2 garlic cloves 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 mug of chicken stock Steps: In a heavy-based frying pan, fry the garlic cloves whole with the bread for a few minutes, in 2 tbsp of olive oil – until both are golden brown. Remove them to a mortar and create […]

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