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Chicken and yellow capsicum loaf

Chicken and yellow capsicum loaf

This mustardy chicken and capsicum loaf, wrapped in thin slices of zucchini, is perfectly complemented by the fresh tomato and basil sauce – a very colourful dish, full of savoury flavours. Serve the loaf hot with a potato and leek mash, or try it cold with a crunchy raw–vegetable salad.

Sweet roast chicken bun

Sweet roast chicken bun

Few snacks can be more universally popular than sandwiches. Try this sweet and spicy combination of lean chicken roasted with a honey and mustard dressing, juicy mango slices and crisp lettuce leaves.

Chicken fajitas with tomato salsa

Chicken fajitas with tomato salsa

Although in northern Mexico ‘fajitas’ refers to a specific cut of beef, elsewhere in the world the term has come to describe a combination of sizzling pan–grilled chicken strips with capsicums and onions, wrapped in a flour tortilla. The dish has very little fat, but lots and lots of fresh flavours.

Chicken liver mousse

Chicken liver mousse

A splash of brandy makes this light and smooth mousse special enough for a dinner party first course. Poaching the chicken livers with vegetables and herbs, instead of frying them, gives them loads of robust flavour and keeps the fat down.

Chicken livers sauted with sage

Chicken livers sautéed with sage

The addition of a few well–chosen flavouring ingredients, like the fresh sage and balsamic vinegar used here, can transform chicken livers into something special. Sautéed with mushrooms and onions, then served on bread, they become a satisfying meal.

Chicken salad

Chicken salad

The ingredients for this salad are presented individually on a platter rather than being mixed together, with a simple tahini–based dressing so everyone can help themselves. There is a fairly small amount of meat per person, but plenty of raw vegetables to crunch through and fill you up.

Chicken satay

Chicken satay

Moist, gingery cubes of chicken breast and colourful vegetables are grilled on skewers and served with a peanut sauce in this version of the popular Indonesian snack. Wedges of lime are included on the skewers so the hot juice can be squeezed over the cooked chicken just before eating.

Chicken with lemongrass

Chicken with lemongrass

A cross between a soup and a stew, this dish captures the exciting spicy and sour flavours of South–East Asia. Lemongrass gives a citrus touch, and coconut adds richness. Using the poaching liquid as the broth preserves the water–soluble vitamins.

Creamy chicken salad with ginger

Creamy chicken salad with ginger

This creamy yet light chicken salad is ideal for serving as a cold buffet dish. Basing the dressing on sour cream mixed with mayonnaise makes it lower in fat than many other creamy dressings. Don't be tempted to omit the ginger – its subtle flavour makes all the difference.

French-style chicken in wine

French-style chicken in wine

Think of a French country–style meal and chances are your mind will conjure up the image of chicken simmering in robust red wine. This updated version contains French shallots, mushrooms and carrots, so the only accompaniment needed is potatoes and bread.

Greek chicken pitas

Greek chicken pitas

These chicken pitas are packed with tasty salad leaves and the Greek cucumber and yogurt sauce called tzatziki. They are incredibly quick and easy to prepare, so when you are next short of time, don't reach for the take–away menu – put together some delicious, healthy chicken pitas instead.

Indian-style grilled chicken breasts

Indian-style grilled chicken breasts

Tandoori dishes are one of the healthiest options in most Indian restaurants because the food is cooked in a tandoor oven without fat. At home, using a hot grill gives similar results. These lean chicken breasts are served with creamy raita.

Marsala chicken with fennel

Marsala chicken with fennel

Cooking with a little wine – in this case the famous dessert wine from Sicily – gives great depth to a sauce: nearly all the alcohol and kilojoules burn away, leaving behind only flavour. This sauce is thickened with a mixture of egg and lemon juice, which is less rich than cream.

Pasta and chicken salad with basil

Pasta and chicken salad with basil

Tempt your family with this healthy and filling pasta salad. Quick to prepare, it makes an ideal midweek supper and won't spoil if someone is late home. Tossing the pasta with lemon juice and white wine not only adds flavour but also means that the quantity of oil can be reduced.

Roast chicken with lemon couscous

Roast chicken with lemon couscous

A large chicken like this is amazingly economical. It will give enough meat for about 8 portions, or you can serve 4 people and have plenty of leftovers for sandwiches, salads and other dishes. The lemon couscous adds a novel accompaniment.

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