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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.

Chicken and sweet potato hash

Chicken and sweet potato hash

This is a great supper dish to make with leftover roast chicken, or with turkey. Sweet potatoes are a colourful addition to the potatoes traditionally used in a hash, and corn adds a delightful texture. With its simple yogurt sauce, the hash needs only a salad and bread to make a delicious meal.

Roast herb and garlic chicken

Roast herb and garlic chicken

For this chicken a delicious paste of fresh herbs and fromage frais is pushed under the skin. This keeps the roasting chicken beautifully moist as well as adding a wonderful flavour. The pan juices are used to make a simple sauce.

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Chicken and vegetable filo rolls

Chicken and vegetable filo rolls

These filo pastry rolls make an excellent starter, or you could serve two rolls each for a light meal. The filling is a colourful mixture of low–fat chicken mince and plenty of vegetables, with a little ham and fresh herbs to add to the flavour. The rolls are served with a piquant cranberry relish.

Smoked chicken and fruit salad

Smoked chicken and fruit salad

With tender smoked chicken, mixed rice and refreshing honeydew melon and pineapple, this salad is as satisfying as it is delicious. It doesn't have an oil–based dressing to pile on the kilojoules – just freshly squeezed orange juice and the juices from the other fruits.

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.

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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.

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