Tidy Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup


This week’s recipe is adapted ever so slightly from Slimming World’s Taste of Asia recipe book. It requires a bit more attention than most soups I’ve made in the past, but I found it to be completely worth the effort!

The reason I was attracted to this one, is that Nell used to make a stunning Chicken Noodle Soup back in the day – I didn’t quite want to take that on (but maybe look out for it as a future guest spot!)

The shredded chicken in this is a bit different for me, too, but I was really pleased with how it worked out. It’s hearty, comforting, and warming. It will stand up well as an entire main course in itself, or as a starter in smaller portions. Give it a whirl!

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Home-made Hunter’s Chicken


Hunter’s Chicken is one of those pub favourites that I know I can always rely on. Almost every menu carries it by one name or another, and if there’s nothing else I fancy then I’m pretty sure it will be there for me!

It’s has a really decadent feel to it, so it must be really unhealthy, right? Obviously. I mean… barbecue sauce, with all that sugary goodness/badness?! Well you know I love a challenge, so I’ve fat-clubbed it! My first attempt used a Slimming World BBQ sauce recipe that I’d found on their website, but all I could taste was red wine vinegar. So I decided just to try chucking some things together, based on what I remembered from the very naughty OMG BBQ Pulled Pork recipe, and came up with this. I’m not gonna lie, I think I’ve outdone myself.

So here you have it. A Healthy version of Hunter’s Chicken! Dig in!

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Chicken Satay Skewers with Brazilian-style Rice


I love chicken Satay, but was always of the belief that it would be scarily calorific.  Well. Guess what? It doesn’t have to be!

This is one of my favourite recipes ever – even although I’ve only tried it once so far! I was honestly that impressed, and can’t wait for my next opportunity to try it again! The Chicken Satay Skewers were pilfered from the Slimming World website, while the rice that I used to accompany them is an amalgamation or adaptation of several recipes I’ve seen online over the months since the world cup – but it seemed a bit too boring to blog on its own back then, so lost out to Brazilian Bolinhos!

The trick to this is all in the prep. The recipe itself is ridiculously easy, so there’s no excuse! Go on, get stuck in!

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Ifits Spicy Baked Rice


Well it may be a little soon for another fits, but the truth of the matter is I had a week away, and when I came back I couldn’t be bothered shopping! And isn’t that the whole point of Ifits recipes?

This one is a bit on the spicy side, and may not exactly contain ingredients that everybody has lying around… but you know, when you write a food blog, you tend to pick up a few interesting bits and pieces….

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Ifits Stuffed Peppers


I love couscous. I literally can’t get enough of it. It’s not always easy to find interesting ways to serve it, though, so I tend to serve it as an accompaniment to interesting dishes. When I decided it was time for another Ifits recipe, though, things quickly pointed towards the two peppers I had in the fridge, and rice seemed like too obvious a choice – so it had to be couscous!

I found this both tasty and filling, despite it’s healthy appearance! Go on, give it a try. I dare you!

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Saffron & Rosemary Chicken

IMGP3284Just look at that! Isn’t it beautiful? It’s the combination of a couple different recipes I stumbled across in Sabrina Ghayour‘s Persiana. It’s another beautiful book, that I’d spent hours reading as if it was a novel.

Every recipe looked awesome, but I was surprised to see that many of them could be easily tweaked to create a healthier option. All I needed to do with these was swap oil for frylight, and the job was done!

So what we have here is Saffron & Rosemary Chicken, with Turmeric & Cumin Roast Potatoes. I served them on a Watercress, Spinach & Rocket salad, with balsamic and pomegranate seeds… but you don’t need a recipe for that part!

The end result is a low-fat, healthy meal that will fill you right up. Oh, and did I mention that it’s pretty damn tasty, too?

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Sticky-Fingers BBQ Chicken Wings


Today, we have our first ever mystery bag challenge! Based on my friend Wayne’s suggestion, I challenged the TidyMunch Facebook community to come up with a list of ingredients, from which I would concoct a recipe; the random-number generator chose Mike with his suggestion of: Chicken wings. BBQ sauce. Honey. Soy sauce. Sweet potato. Corn on the cob. Blue cheese. Mayo (light if desired). Red cabbage. Carrot. Onion. Garlic.

So here you have: Sticky-Fingers BBQ Chicken, with Honey-glazed Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potato Fries, Blue Cheese Dip, and Home-Made Coleslaw!

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Simple Chicken Kiev



I’ve always loved Chicken Kiev. I think I’m of a generation that does; we all have fond childhood memories of those supermarket bought oven meals.  But my first memory of Chicken Kiev is different from the pre-packaged staple that saw me through many subsequent years.

My mum and her sisters are pretty close, but for several years (the youngest ones of my life) her older sister was absent. I’m not sure if they’d grown estranged as such, but they’d certainly not been in touch for years. Then one day, my mum announced that she was taking me on a trip to London (I don’t remember the announcement, just the subsequent trip).

I’m not sure how old I was – somewhere between 5 & 7, I’d say. So let’s call it 6. I also have no idea how they got in touch with each other again, but I’m glad they did. There aren’t many details I remember clearly; I’ve no idea about the getting there or the getting back, though I’m pretty sure it would’ve involved very long train trips. I do remember meeting a friendly, loving (cleanliness-obsessed) Auntie & Uncle, and a platoon of new cousins. I remember Raymond (he wasn’t Ray, back then) was about 16, and the coolest person on this planet. Or so he seemed, to a 6 year-old. He let me play on his computer, which was a big deal for the earlier half of the 80’s. I want to say the game was “Wimpy” but who knows.

The other very clear memory I have is going out for food. I have recollections of it being a very posh affair, but I could have that completely wrong. I had Chicken Kiev. I don’t know if I’d ever had the ready-meal kind before, but in any event I suspect that my mum expected something like that to arrive. I couldn’t have been any more wrong. An actual chicken arrived (or so it seemed). I don’t think I’d ever tasted anything like that succulent chicken, and the potent garlic butter before, but it was delicious.

And so, my gift to you, fellow foodies, is Lisa Faulkner’s take on Chicken Kiev (with a few of my own tweaks, of course). It’s somewhere in between the store-bought stuff, and that extravagant memory. Simple, but oh, so very tidy!

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Pan-Fried Chicken Breast with Sesame Seeds and a Mango Hollandaise


I was very nervous about this recipe, as it’s a MasterChef one (from 2007 quarter-finalist Jaye Wakelin, apparently). It was much easier than I feared, though, and even tastier!

I’ve seen about a million different ways to make Hollandaise (boom! I rhymed!) but this is amongst the easiest, even with the inclusion of fresh mango. This is certainly one for when you want to impress, and my only regret is that it didn’t photograph better!

So what you waiting for? Get your sauce on!

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Spanish Beer Can Chicken


Greetings munchkins!

Today’s recipe is inspired by one in Lisa Faulkner’s The Way I Cook. The beer should steam the chicken from the inside-out, which makes it very flavoursome and lovely and moist. Although her recipe created a lovely roast chicken, I was left uninspired. It was nothing more than a lovely roast chicken – it seemed like a faff and hassle for a flavour that could’ve been achieved much more simply and traditionally.

But you know me, I’m not one to be defeated 😉 There’s a Brasilian adaptation in my favourite Cabana The Cookbook by David Ponte, Lizzy Barber & Jamie Barber, but that called for a Brazilian cocktail to be used rather than the lager/beer, and to be honest I don’t want my TidyMunch blog to just be a narrative of my experiences trying their recipes. So I got my thinking cap on, and wondered what I could do myself!

When making the Lisa Faulkner version, I’d deliberately picked San Miguel lager as I’ve been desperately longing for a sunshine break, and it always reminds me of holidays in the Balearics. So I took my inspiration from there, with the opportunity to add my favourite ever ingredient!

And so I give you…. Spanish Beer Can Chicken!

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