Spicy chicken goujon burger with chilli mayo

I will start by saying I LOVE this – it is great for when you’re craving a chicken burger from the chipper. I serve my spicy chicken burger with various toppings…mushrooms, bacon, onion, cheese etc… spoil yourself (within reason, this is meant to be healthy)!

Keeping it simple...tomatoes, lettuce and onion - beaut!

Keeping it simple…tomatoes, lettuce and onion – beaut!

Look at me now! I'm smothered in mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes and onion :-)

Look at me now! I’m smothered in mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes and onion 🙂

Chilli mayo - I highly recommend this!

Chilli mayo – I highly recommend this!

Syns on Extra Easy: 1 per serving

Ingredients – for two people

For the chicken:

2 x chicken breasts, cut into chunky strips
2 x eggs
Smash (the dried potato stuff)
Spicy Season All (Schwartz)
2 x 60g wholemeal rolls (One is your HexB)
Plus whatever else you might like to top your burger with!

For the chilli mayo (adjust depending on how spicy you like things):
4 x tbsp extra light mayo
2 x tbsp fat free natural yogurt
1 x tsp chilli powder
1 x tsp of Spicy Season All
1 x tsp of lazy red chillies

 How to make it

  1. Pour some smash onto a plate and add plenty of Spicy Season All seasoning to it.
  2. 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.
  3. Cook the chicken at 200° for about 20 minutes or until you think it has cooked through.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, make the mayo by mixing all the above ingredients together.
  5. When the chicken is ready, build your burger, serve and enjoy!
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Teriyaki salmon

I have two slimming world recipes for teriyaki salmon but I favour this one, and think it’s well worth the two syns per serving for maple syrup.

I made this a couple of weeks ago, and took the photo below. For the first time I pan fried the salmon instead of oven cooking and I really DO NOT recommend this. My nostrils were assaulted with the smell of fish every time I walked into the kitchen for what felt like weeks… Do yourself a favour and oven roast it if you’re trying this!

Fish with an Asian twist - it gets the thumbs up from me!

Fish with an Asian twist – it gets the thumbs up from me!

Syns on Extra Easy: 2 per serving

Ingredients – for two people

2 x salmon fillets
4 x tbsp dark soy sauce
1 x lime, zest and juide
2 x tbsp maple syrup
1 x chilli, chopped
1 x small piece of ginger, finely chopped
1 x bunch of coriander, chopped

How to make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, and then bake the salmon for about 20 minutes. I usually wrap mine in a tinfoil parcel so they don’t dry out.
  1. Use frylight to fry the ginger and chopped chilli.
  1. Add the lime zest and l juice, and pour in the soy sauce. Add the maple syrup and cook for a minute or so, until the sauce is reduced and sticky.
  1. When the salmon is cooked, transfer it to a warm plate and pour the sauce over the top, adding some chopped coriander for flavour and garnish.
  1. Serve with baby potatoes or noodles along with some veg and enjoy.

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

Chicken madras

Those who know me know that curries are my favourite meal. Either that or a really good steak. I’ve never quite been able to pick one above the other. Some choices are just too weighty for a mere human like myself.

Anyway, I digress. I really love this slimming world madras, it proves that you don’t need lashings of oil to make a great curry, and you can easily do without a huge chunk of naan bread too.

Dear God, thank you for curry. Amen.

Dear God, thank you for curry. Amen.

Syns on Extra Easy: 0

Ingredients – for four people

4 x chicken breasts, cut into chunks
5 x tbsp fat free natural fromage frais
1 x onion, diced or sliced
1 x red chilli, diced or sliced
1 x red or green pepper
5 x tbsp madras curry powder
1 x tsp ground cinnamon
1 x tsp ground cumin
5 x tbsp tomato purée
75g rice per person

How to make it

  1. Stir fry the chicken using fry light, after a couple of minutes add 3 tablespoons of curry powder and stir to coat well.
  1. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pan and set it aside. Then add the onion, chilli, pepper, cinnamon, cumin and remaining curry powder to the pan, stir frying over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  1. Stir in the tomato purée and 250ml of water. Add the chicken, bring this mixture to the boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  1. Cook the rice according to the packet instructions while the sauce is simmering.
  1. Take the sauce off the heat and stir in the fromage frais.
  1. Serve and devour.

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.

BBQ pulled pork

This, my friends, is the holy grail of slimming world recipes – syn free BBQ pulled pork. There’s something about this dish that brings out a side of me that’s not unlike Homer Simpson when he claps eyes on a donut.

BBQ pulled pork.. be still, my beating heart

BBQ pulled pork… be still, my beating heart

Syns on Extra Easy: 0

Ingredients

2kg pork shoulder, trim all the visible fat
500g passata
5 x tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 x tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 x tsp mustard powder
3 x tbsp sweetener

How to make it

  1. Put the passata, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, mustard powder, sweetener and salt and pepper into a saucepan. Mix well and let it simmer for around 10-15 minutes.
  1. Seal all sides of the pork shoulder in a hot frying pan, then transfer it to a roasting tin that is lined with enough tinfoil to cover the joint.
  1. Pour the BBQ sauce over the pork, then create a little pork parcel with the tinfoil. Don’t wrap it too tightly – I leave a few centimetres between the pork and the top of the tinfoil.
  1. Cook at 160° for four to five hours. Allow the meat to sit for a few minutes before using two forks to shred the meat.
  1. Serve with whatever you fancy, slimming world chips/veg/in a HEXB roll or pitta.
  1. 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.