Coronation Chicken

I can't think of any other dish that can be quite so extreme. I've had some absolutely dreadful offerings in the past that were labelled Coronation Chicken, which might explain why this 50's classic seems to have fallen so far from grace. Originally created by cookery titan Rosemary Hume to mark the Queens coronation, these days it's a much maligned dish. But get it right, and it's utterly sublime. It's also super easy to make and incredibly versatile, so there's no excuse for not getting it right. Poach the chicken with a few spices before bringing everything together gives it a great punch of extra flavour. Coronation Chicken A retro classic, which when done right is a pure delight. Tender, tasty chicken,…

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Honey and Mustard Chicken Thighs

This is one of those fantastic dishes that seems to work for all occasions. An easy midweek supper, something special for guests? The chicken thighs bring a real depth of flavour that works so well with the honey, mustard and thyme, making it feel far more indulgent that it really is. And it's another one of those great recipes that almost cooks itself. In fact, it even creates it's own sauce, almost like a mini roast dinner. Honey and Mustard Chicken Thighs A superb one pot dish that makes for a fantastic mini roast. Just through everything together and let the oven take care of the rest. Large Roasting Pan 8 piece chicken thighs (whole, with skin and bone)2 tbsp runny honey2…

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Lamb Koftas

As the weather starts to brighten, even if we're not quite there yet, those tantalising glimpses of summer alongside the easing of restrictions have got us thinking about great summer dishes for sharing with friends and family. Lamb koftas are a Middle Eastern classic. Super quick and easy to make, full of fresh flavours, and ideal for serving outdoors buffet style. Shape into balls, burgers, or use a skewer or stick to create kebabs. Cook them on the BBQ, under a very hot grill, or in a chargrill pan, and serve with flatbreads, chili sauce, yoghurt, salad, and plenty of pickles. Lamb Koftas A firm favourite from the Middle East, full of fresh flavours and great to serve with company 1 kg…

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Parmesan Chicken

Inspired by an Italian classic, this dish is easy and delicious and full of the tastes of spring. The mixture of breadcrumbs and cheese creates a sublime crunchy coating, keeping the chicken breast moist and tender. It's perfectly balanced with a warm potato and spring vegetable salad. It deserves to be on everyone's menu this spring! Parmesan Chicken large frying panLarge saucepanFlat bottomed bowlLarge bowl x 2 4 large chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)1 large egg125 g panko breadcrumbs125 g parmesan (finely grated)500 g new potatoes (cut in half lengthways)200 g frozen peas200 g baby spinach4 tbsp olive oil1 tbsp white wine vinegarsalt and pepper to season3 tbsp coriander (finely chopped) Crack the egg into the flat bottomed bowl, lightly beat with a…

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Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

This may just be one of the easiest recipes around, certainly for such a rich and flavoursome result. If you're really short of time, there are a number of good off the shelf teriyaki sauce mixes as well, although we think nothing beats making it yourself and choosing the balance of the flavours. Teriyaki Chicken Thighs A really easy and simple midweek dinner that is full of vibrant Asian flavours. Large Saute PanSteamer 12 piece Chicken Thighs (On the bone, or boned)4 cloves garlic (peeled and crushed)2 thumbs ginger (peeled and finely diced)80 ml sesame oil100 ml maple syrup80 ml dark soy sauce2 tbsp cider vinegar2 tbsp sesame seeds2 tbsp vegetable oil6 piece spring onions (cleaned and chopped)4 piece pak choi (or…

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Steamed Bao Buns with BBQ Pork and Pickle

Known as Char Siu Bao, these are one of my favourite treats.... Soft fluffy buns, melt in the mouth pork, and the crunchy pickled vegetables, everything goes together perfectly. There's quite a lot of effort involved, but trust us, it's worth it. And you can always look to make Chinese BBQ pork in the week with enough left over to make these as a weekend treat. Steamed Bao buns with BBQ Pork and Pickle Fluffy steamed buns filled with rich and steaky BBQ pork and a pickled vegetable salad Stand mixer with dough hookBowlsroasting dishRolling PinPastry BrushGreaseproof paper cut into 16x9cm squaresSteamers. Any type will do, including the traditional Asian bamboo ones, but you'll really need two. 800 g pork belly slices…

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Bacon, Apple, and Spelt Salad

A great little salad, bursting with goodness, and full of fresh flavours, all brought together with crispy, salty, bacon. Bacon, Apple, and Spelt Salad Tasty and light, this is a great starter, or even as a midweek lunch 80 g Pearled Spelt100 g streaky bacon (cut into cubes)230 g halloumi (into 1cm thick slices)2 tbsp cider vinegar1 small red onion (peeled, thinly sliced)1 large red apple (cored and thinly sliced)80 g Seedless Grapes (halved)2 tbsp olive oil100 g salad leaves (mixture of little gem, rocket, baby spinach as an example)seasoning In a medium saucepan, cover the spelt with cold water, then bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes, until tender. Let stand for 5 minutes, then drain and cool.In a…

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Tarragon and Lemon Roast Chicken

When you're trying to host a special occasion you want to keep everything as stress free and easy as possible. In other words you need a dish that lets the ingredients do the talking, that has elements that can be prepared in advance, and that you can simply stick in the oven for most of the cook. This dish is simply sublime. Tarragon, lemon, butter and chicken are a classical combination, and with good reason. This dish is so much more than it's constituent parts. Equally at home with roast potatoes or mash, or even buttery fondant potatoes, this is a real winner. Tarragon and Lemon Roast Chicken Super succulent, full of taste, and so easy to make large roasting tray with…

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Healthy Chicken Cacciatore

Healthy Chicken Cacciatore

Alla cacciatora refers to a meal prepared 'hunter-style', and that's exactly the sentiment that this dish kindles. Onions, garlic, herbs, tomatoes and white wine. It's all there, but surprisingly light in touch and low in calories. The addition of the olives adds a depth of flavour that makes this idea for cold winter evenings. Healthy Chicken Cacciatore Classic Italian hunters stew with chicken breast, a dash of wine and olives. 2 tbsp olive oil3 slices prosciutto (or thin streaky bacon, chopped)1 large onion (peeled and chopped)2 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped)10 leaves sage (finely chopped)2 sprigs rosemary (leaves only, finely chopped)4 large chicken breasts (skinless)200 ml dry white wine400g g tinned plum tomatoes 2 tbsp cherry tomato puree200 g chestnut mushrooms (halved)160…

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Read more about the article Teriyaki Steak with Fennel Slaw and Sweet Potato Wedges
Teriyaki Sirloin

Teriyaki Steak with Fennel Slaw and Sweet Potato Wedges

So there really is nothing authentic about this dish, but it's Asian influences are there front and centre. Bursting with punchy flavours, low in carbs, high in protein, and a really different take on steak night. We've made our own teriyaki sauce, which can be used as a flavouring in other dishes and certainly reused as a marinade a few times, although there's really nothing wrong with using a shop bought version if time or inclination dictate. And of course you can use any cut of steak, although a thick cut sirloin seems to work really. To keep the fat content even lower, you can trim the steak, but do so after cooking to keep the full flavour. Teriyaki Steak with Fennel…

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