Pizza chicken

In my opinion, this is a pretty classic slimming world meal. Ok, so it’s not an actual pizza, rather it’s a butterflied chicken breast with a pizza-style topping, but it surprisingly does satisfy a craving.

I feel like chicken tonight, like chicken tonight... actually I feel like pizza but this is good enough!

I feel like chicken tonight, like chicken tonight… actually I feel like pizza but this is good enough!

Syns on Extra Easy: 0

Ingredients – for two people

2 x chicken fillets
200g passata
Grated cheese (HexA)

Then you just need whatever else you’d put on a pizza topping – I’d go for a combo of pineapple/peppers/red onion/jalapenos

How to make it

1. Cut the chicken fillets in half horizontally, being careful not to cut it the whole way through. Fold open to make a butterfly shape.

2. Place the chicken on a baking tray and place in the oven, Gas Mark 7/220ºC for 20-30 minutes, until cooked.

3. While the chicken is in the oven, heat the passata in a pan and add your other toppings.

4. When the chicken is cooked, place the tomato mixture on top. Add the cheese then put back in the oven for 5 minutes.

5. Serve with SW chips, salad or baked potato

Salt and chilli chicken

Another Chinese fakeaway that’s well worth trying is this slimming world-friendly salt and chilli chicken. Just be careful to add the right amount of salt… I boobed the first time I made this, using a tablespoon rather than a teaspoon – I still feel thirsty when I think about that meal!

Tonight Matthew, I am... a Chinese fakeaway!

Tonight Matthew, I am… a Chinese fakeaway!

Syns on Extra Easy: 0

Ingredients

2 x chicken breasts, sliced
2 x eggs
Smash (the dried potato stuff)
1 x green pepper, sliced
1 x onion, sliced
1 x chilli, sliced
1 x tsp coarse sea salt

 How to make it

  1. Pour some smash onto a plate and add the teaspoon of sea salt to it – mix it through!
  1. Take your strips of chicken and dip it in a bowl of beaten eggs, before rolling it in the smash mixture – repeat until all the chicken is coated.
  1. Cook the chicken at 200° for about 20 minutes or until you think it has cooked through.
  1. While the chicken is cooking, stir fry (using fry light) the green peppers, onion and chillies.
  1. When the chicken is ready, add it to the pan to combine it with the vegetables.
  1. Serve with rice or noodles and devour.

Diet coke chicken

This is a pretty standard, syn free recipe for slimming worlders, and if you think it sounds weird all I can say is, don’t knock it ’til you try it! It’s a popular recipe for a reason, it tastes damn good.

One of the easiest dishes to throw together - try it!

Diet coke chicken is one of the easiest dishes to throw together – I love it!

Syns on Extra Easy: 0

Ingredients – for two people

2 x chicken breasts, diced or sliced
1 x onion, diced
1 x pepper, sliced
1 x red chilli, sliced
1 x can (330ml) diet coke or coke zero
6 x tbsp passata
2 x tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 x tbsp dark soy sauce
1 x tsp Chinese five spice
150g rice

How to make it

1. Cook the rice according to the packet instructions.

2. Stir fry the chicken using fry light, once browned add the veg and Chinese five spice and stir fry for a few mins.

3. Pour in the can of diet coke, passata, soy and Worcestershire sauce; stir well and turn the heat up to bring it to the boil. Once bubbling, turn it down to a simmer to reduce the liquid.

4. Let it simmer for around 10 minutes or until you think it has sufficiently reduced.

5. Serve and devour.

Stir fried chicken with chillies and basil

This is a favourite in our house – it’s really quick to make, is super tasty and weighs in at just one syn per serving. Winner!

A Thai delight - Chicken with chillies and basil

A Thai delight – Chicken with chillies and basil

Syns on Extra Easy: 1 per serving

Ingredients – for two people

2 x chicken breasts
1 or 2 red chillies (how hot do you like it?!), sliced
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
Large handful of basil leaves, chopped
75 g rice per person

How to make it

1. Heat your frying pan with fry light, when hot, add the chicken (turn heat down a bit) and stir fry for several minutes until browned

2. Turn the heat up and add the chillies, fish sauce, soy sauce and sugar – cook for a further five to 10 minutes (until the chicken is cooked through).

3. Stir in the basil leaves at the last second,  serve immediately with rice and whatever veg you fancy on the side.

4. Serve and devour.