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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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