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Butter chicken

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Our spin on this takeaway dish doesn’t skimp on flavour. We’ve balanced a full-bodied sauce with plenty of veggies to make this a weeknight meal everyone can enjoy. 

Recipe: Butter chicken

Prep and cooking time: 40 mins

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small brown onion, diced
  • 1 small garlic clove, finely diced or minced
  • 350g chicken breast or thigh, diced
  • 2 tbsp tandoori paste
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 100ml double cream
  • 1 small cauliflower head, cut into florets
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • 50g flaked almonds (optional)
  • 1 large handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 200g spring greens or your favourite green veg

Method

    1. Heat the oil in a lidded frying pan or saucepan, over medium heat. Fry the onion and garlic, until soft.
    2. Add the chicken and fry until browned.
    3. Stir in the tandoori and tomato paste.
    4. Pour in the stock and cream, and season with salt and pepper. Stir for 1-2mins.
    5. Add the cauliflower florets and reduce the heat to simmer, covered with a lid, for 10mins. Take the lid off and increase the heat for another 10mins, until the cauliflower is tender and the sauce has thickened and reduced. For a thicker sauce, double the cream to 200ml or use 100ml creme fraiche instead of cream.
    6. Serve with yoghurt, flaked almonds, coriander, and steamed spring greens.

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29 January, 2022

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2 February, 2022

Hi Jayne,

The best way to improve cholesterol levels in addition to any current treatment is to follow a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly.

Our nutrition recommendations encourage eating a wide variety of whole foods (protein, dairy, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats) and reducing processed foods. We know processed foods tend to contain high amounts of added sugar, refined carbohydrates, and trans fats – all of which will have the biggest impact on your cholesterol levels.

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25 August, 2021

I am disabled and can’t exercise will these recipes help me lose weight


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19 May, 2021

I have been told my the Doctor that I need to lose weight so I am hoping your diet will get me started. Thank you.


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22 June, 2021

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