Sometimes you have to hold back on the Nandos

As part of my diet I had to learn to stop eating out. I used to go to Nandos regularly (as well as wagamama) and its safe to say it didn’t do my purse any good! Having half a lemon and herb chicken with chips and garlic bread was far from good to me.

So, the Nandos had to go – for now, at least.

Of course giving up my lemon and herb chicken wasn’t what I wanted to do, but I can still make tasty alternative chicken dishes that are much better for my waist line and my blood sugars. So here it is – Greek homestyle chicken from the diabetes UK website available here.

Greek homestyle chicken (serves 4)

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Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

500g potatoes, cut into wedges

grated ring and juice of two lemons

1 tablespoon olive oil

200ml chicken stock

4 cloves of garlic, peeled

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

salt and pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius (gas mark 6).
  2. Place the chicken in an ovenproof dish and arrange the potatoes around it.
  3. Mix together the remaining ingredients, except the parsley, and pour over the chicken and potatoes.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for a further 15-20 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle over the parsley, season to taste and serve.

Per serving

357 calories; 23.8g carbohydrate; 51.8g protein; 6.7g fat; 1.3g saturated fat; 2.2g sugars; 1.5g salt.

If you’re feeling extra healthy, swap the potatoes for sweet potatoes which are low GI. Alternative lean meats can also be used with this dish too, whether you’re feeling up for pork fillet or stick to chicken if you’re missing your Nandos like me! As you can see from my picture, I have altered the recipe slightly to my taste. I used rosemary on my potatoes because I seem to adore the stuff, and my potatoes weren’t in wedge form simply because I’m used to cooking them chopped with the perfect amount of cooking time to have them done just the way I like them. I know some people are really anti-sweetcorn if you’re diabetic, but half a corn on the cob works for me and doesn’t give my blood glucose levels any issues!

Enjoy your dinner and..

Happy cooking!

Henrietta x

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