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Friday, 5 April 2013

CAJUN CHICKEN

Cajun chicken breast - why not add a touch of spice to your meal? The secret to succulent chicken is not to overcook it. If there are only the two of you, marinate half a chicken in cajun seasoning then place in a pre-heated hot oven (around 180ÂșC).
Last night we served ours with buttered new potatoes, sweet corn cob and a dressed salad for a meal under 500 calories. Add coleslaw and beans if you're hungry.
Ring the changes and experiment with different spice mixes - barbecue, harissa, peri-peri or tandoori.
If there is any left over chicken, you can use this for sandwiches and lunch boxes, but it won't hang around long and is great to come back to after a few drinks with friends...
We all know protein is expensive, and cooked chicken breast in the supermarket is very expensive. Our half a chicken cost £2. If we were planning salads, soups or sandwiches, we would have cooked the whole chicken.
Here are my tips for cooking succulent chicken and saving money:
  • Always weigh the chicken and calculate the cooking time according to the packet. 
  • Take the guess work out of wondering if the meat is cooked. Use a thermometer to test if it's cooked through. It's a godsend - we are using this more and more as we've achieved some spectacular results using it. 
  • If you like the skin crispier - put it under a hot grill and give it a blast.
  • Don't prick the skin to let the juices escape (as a friend of mine used to do), you want all those lovely juices to sink back into the meat adding to its succulence.
  • Let the chicken rest for a good five minutes.
EAT the food you love - like we do and ... forget dieting. You'll feel much more satisfied and it may just stop you snacking or craving something you feel you deserve.
REMEMBER: We all have a calorie allowance - do you know yours? 
We like to post our main meals to show you what CAN be eaten. You won’t find us posting every last morsel though – but we hope this gives you an idea of how far calories can go!
Read about our UNIQUE METHOD of weight loss and find out how you can lose weight eating the food you love.
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