Tuesday nights are my night to cook – Tom has football after work so I get to choose what we have for dinner. As long as it’s filling, he’s not too fussed! Some nights I just want something easy to make that still tastes delicious, and like you’ve spent ages on it, when you really haven’t! We’ve not been as strict with the healthy eating recently, so we’ve decided to have a healthy November, to allow for a deliciously unhealthy Christmas! To that end and to start early, I chose the Hairy Bikers’ diet dish: Cajun spiced chicken with wedges – except I swapped the wedges for couscous to save time!
This is such an easy dish and when I put the photo up on Facebook so many friends said I needed to give them the recipe because it looks really impressive and takes no time at all! Definitely a winner!
To make the spice mix combine:
5 tsp ground cumin
4 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp flaked sea salt
Rub the spice mix into the chicken with a little oil. When the flavours have marinaded for a while, fry the chicken until cooked well through and the spices have started to caramelise. While the chicken is cooking, make up some couscous. To my couscous I added olives, cucumber and chives, salt and pepper. I also added diced cucumber and chives to a bowl of creme fraiche.
I served the chicken on top of the couscous, and then topped it with the creme fraiche. I then added some fresh crispy mange tout for a bit of texture.
You could also serve the chicken with wedges, potato or sweet potato, and use the spice mix on these as well. Or you could have the chicken in a wrap with salad and the creme fraiche.
This week has seen me on a bit of a cooking flurry, to save money on lunch, and to warm me up as it gets colder, I’ve decided to make batches of soup. The pumpkin soup has set me off on a soupy mission! Yesterday I made up a batch of roasted tomato soup, with leftover celery, leeks and peppers. I’m feeling quite domesticated and pleased to be saving money while eating a tasty lunch!