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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.

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Chicken and corn chowder

Chicken and corn chowder

This hearty soup tastes really special, yet despite its creamy texture it doesn't contain any cream. Made with cooked chicken and fresh corn and potatoes, with a garnish of grilled bacon, it's substantial enough for a light lunch, served with crusty bread and followed by salad or fruit.

Chicken and potato curry

Chicken and potato curry

Letting the chicken pieces sit for half an hour in a gingery marinade makes all the difference to this curry. Skinning the chicken not only does away with most of the bird's fat, it also lets the spicy flavours really permeate the flesh. Potatoes make a great addition, adding bulk to the curry.

Chicken and rosemary cobbler

Chicken and rosemary cobbler

This deep–dish pie has an Italian–style filling of succulent chunks of chicken, sliced capsicums, mushrooms and black olives in a tomato sauce, and is topped with fresh rosemary scone wedges. A crunchy raw vegetable salad would be a good accompaniment to complete the meal.

Chicken and sausage jambalaya

Chicken and sausage jambalaya

A typical Cajun recipe, this dish is full of spicy, complex flavours. With lots of rice and vegetables, it is a great meal to make a small amount of meat go a long way, and offers a healthy balance of protein and carbohydrate.

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Basil-stuffed chicken breasts

Basil-stuffed chicken breasts

This stylish–looking main course is surprisingly easy to make. The chicken breasts can be prepared in advance, ready for cooking, and kept, covered, in the fridge. Tagliatelle tossed with a little grated lemon zest would be a good accompaniment, plus ciabatta with olives or sun–dried tomatoes.

Chicken and artichoke saut

Chicken and artichoke sauté

Chicken with artichokes is a classic flavour combination, here given a Mediterranean touch with thin slices of red capsicum, black olives, thyme and a hint of lemon. Boiled rice or new potatoes are ideal accompaniments for this vitamin–packed dish.

Chicken and broccoli chapattis

Chicken and broccoli chapattis

These mouth–watering Indian–style snacks are very quick to make. Chapattis are the healthiest of Indian breads, as they are often made with wholemeal flour and are usually cooked on a dry pan without any fat. A yogurt–based raita is the perfect accompaniment.

Yakitori domburi

Yakitori domburi

Domburi is a Japanese dish, the name of which originally referred to the bowl in which it was cooked, and Yakitori domburi is traditionally a one-pot meal of chicken and rice. The addition of buk choy will increase your daily vegetable count.

Chicken escalopes with mushrooms

Chicken escalopes with mushrooms

Tender chicken escalopes – breast steaks pounded until thin – only need brief cooking. Simmered with firm-textured chestnut mushrooms and a Madeira sauce finished with crème fraîche, they make a dish that is perfect for easy entertaining. Serve with basmati rice and a leafy salad.

Calzone with roast capsicums

Calzone with roast capsicums

Calzone is a bit like an Italian version of a Cornish pasty, but with the tasty filling sealed inside pizza dough rather than pastry. This recipe combines diced chicken with olives, roast capsicums, fresh basil and mozzarella to make an ideal snack for a packed lunch or picnic.

Warm sesame chicken salad

Warm sesame chicken salad

Strips of chicken in a crisp coating of sesame seeds, breadcrumbs and cornflakes are served atop a crunchy vegetable salad dressed with a fresh herb vinaigrette. A little chilli powder in the coating gives a bit of a kick.

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