Dinner time, Takeaways

Southern style chicken with chips and coleslaw

This is a good one for fussy teenagers, just for you Hayley. They won’t know that what they’re eating is actually kinda healthy, and you know exactly what’s gone into it. It’s a good recipe for those days where all you want is a takeaway, but you don’t give in to the  temptation! It’s also so much cheaper and better for you – read the stats at the bottom of the page!! It is so much cheaper to buy a whole chicken and portion it yourself, and you have meals for at least 3 different occasions – follow this link to find out how: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/techniques/how_to_portion_a_chicken


For the chicken

2 x small chicken legs

2 x chicken wings

50g flour (it can be any)

3 tbs (tablespoons) natural yogurt

1 tsp (teaspoon) paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp mustard powder – you can use 1 tsp English mustard

1 tsp mixed dried herbs

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

For the chips

3 x potatoes

1 tsp salt

1 tsp oil

For the coleslaw

1/8 red or white cabbage

1/2 small carrot

1/8 onion

1 tsp salt

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp mayonnaise


Start by mixing the yogurt, herbs and spices for the chicken in a bow., Slash the chicken through to the bone and turn in the marinade. Leave for as long as you can, ideally over night (you don’t have to do this, but it will make the chicken more tasty)



Next, heat up your baking tray in the oven on 200 fan. While that’s heating up, cut your potatoes into thin strips (I don’t bother peeling them but you can if you like) and boil for 8 mins.


Drain your potatoes, add the salt, drizzle with oil and shake to coat evenly


Coat the marinated chicken in the flour (this, mixed with the yogurt makes the batter)


Pour a little oil onto the baking tray and put on your chicken and chips. Drizzle a little more oil over the chicken and bake for 30 mins, turning the chips halfway through


For the coleslaw, finely chop or grate the vegetables and put into a bowl. Mix in the salt and lemon juice and leave for 10 mins for the veggies to soften



After 10 mins, rinse off and dry as best you can (if using purple cabbage this will stain a tea towel so use paper towels)


Once dried, add the mayonaise and a little salt and pepper.


This feels like real treat food but it’s actually fairly healthy. It’s fun to make, and you can get the family involved in the cooking. I hope they enjoy it as much as I do!!


Serves 2

Price for takeaway (comparable to two piece box meal at KFC) £5.49 per person – cals 637, fat 38, carbs 46, protein 33

Price for this recipe less than £1.50 per person – Cals 517, fat 15.3, carbs 45.3, protein 32.1

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