Recipe: Diet Coke Chicken

Diet coke chicken (serves 4)

Sounds like a bit of a weird dish but it’s actually really tasty and completely free. Best to use a deep frying pan or heavy based saucepan for this one.

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 chicken fillets
  • 330mL tin of diet coke
  • Passata
  • Lea and Perrins sauce
  • Vegetables (onions, peppers, mushrooms)
  • Smash (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cut your chicken into strips and chop up your vegetables.
  2. Fry your chicken in one cal spray until cooked.
  3. Add chopped vegetables.
  4. Add tin of diet coke to frying pan, 6 tablespoons of Passata (or more if you like because it’s free!), and a few dashes of worcester sauce.
  5. Simmer for approximately 25 minutes to reduce sauce.
  6. A handy tip for thickening sauces which I’ve mentioned on the site before is sprinkling in a little Smash powder to thicken the sauce up a little.
  7. Serve with rice or potatoes and lots of superfree vegetables!

Using Smash to Thicken Sauces

I have made a few dishes with passata and found that the sauce I made with it was nice but a little bit watery.

After looking for some tips I found one which works really well, Smash, which is free (unless it is the buttery one which has syns).

All you have to do is sprinkle in enough and keep stirring until your sauce is the desired thickness. I was worried when I first did this that my sauce would taste of potatoes but it didn’t at all.

This is much better than using cornflour or flour — which has syns, or my old favourite roux which is made by cooking butter and flour together, super tasty but full of syns!


My Journey: 5th Weigh In

First of all, this is more than a few days late and there have been no tips posted in a while – sorry about that!

This week I lost 3lbs.

This puts me at 1st 4lbs off in total since I joined, which I am pretty happy about.

My predicted weight loss chart on the Slimming World website projects that I will have lost 10% of my body weight in the next three weeks.  That would be pretty cool.

This month I am also trying to do 30 minutes of exercise a day which apart from making me feel a bit healthier should also speed up the weight loss.