WW: Crispy Salt & Pepper Chicken

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Permalink

I’ve written a few times about my newfound love of trying previous-undiscovered recipes. I find myself tagging all sorts of dishes on the Weight Watchers site, in the hope I’ll eventually do some grocery shopping and have the necessary ingredients to try something new.

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Actual WW pic!

My Facebook followers will know that I have a faithful fallback. Indeed, it was included in a chicken-related Wordless Wednesday post a month or so ago.

However… I talk about it so much that I often get asked for the specifics. So… compliments of (but unbeknown to) Weight Watchers Australia here’s the Crispy Salt and Pepper Chicken recipe.

Ingredients (from actual WW recipe!):

540g chicken breast sliced thinly (I actually use stirfry chicken breast which I buy pre-cut cos I hate cutting up meat. Hence the interesting shapes below!)
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/4 cup arrowroot flour. I don’t know what that is so I use cornflour (#meh)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp McCormick Cajun Seasoning mix & 1/2 tsp garlic powder (I also throw in some paprika and sometimes cumin. Just cos.)
Salt & Pepper to season.
1/4 avocado, cut into matchsticks  blech!
1 medium cucumber, cut into matchsticks blech!
120g (12 leaves) cos lettuce blech!
1 medium fresh lime, cut into wedges #meh

Method:

1. Pour the fish sauce over the chicken and stir.
2. In separate bowl mix: flour, seasonings, salt and pepper.

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3. Either: dip each bit of chicken in the seasoning mix to coat; or (as I do) throw the mix on top of the chicken (a bit at a time) and stir through.
4. Place the coated chicken on a baking tray (I also use baking paper to save washing up!).
5. Spray with oil / non-stick spray stuff.
6. Place in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden.

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As you can see, the official WW recipe suggests serving it with avocado, lettuce and cucumber, none of which I eat for obvious reasons (ie. green AND healthy) but – although it’s not necessary I sometimes make a dipping sauce sour cream and mustard (which I use as my fake hollandaise / horseradish-ish sauce).

I also sometimes make faux chips (zap chopped potato in the microwave until nearly cooked and place on tray and spray with oil), but it’d be nice with rice as well.

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So there you have it. It’s not rocket science. Indeed, it’s now on my menu 2, sometimes 3 nights a week. As I said, it’s my go-to recipe as I usually forget to take stuff out of the freezer or (more commonly) I spend longer in the bath than planned and when I finally head to the kitchen after 8pm it’s too late to start cooking something which involves a lot of preparation.

On top of that it’s yummy and the kind of food I love – one that takes a while to eat and one that involves a lot of plate to mouth movements!

Linking up with Trish from Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday.

22 Comments
  • Char
    April 2, 2014

    Oh that looks so good!

    • Debbish
      April 2, 2014

      It’s yummy and – most importantly – easy!

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    April 2, 2014

    But avocado is my favourite!!! LOL.
    Sounds good …
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

    • Debbish
      April 2, 2014

      Oh well, I’m sure the avocado wouldn’t ruin it COMPLETELY! 😉

  • Sheridan @Me and My Ready Made Family
    April 2, 2014

    YUM! This looks delicious. Cannot wait to see more recipes!

    • Debbish
      April 2, 2014

      Ha! I’m the last person who should share recipes or talk cooking; but I suspect there are other (ahem) fuss-free cooks out there! 🙂

  • Ang
    April 2, 2014

    Looks lovely!

    • Debbish
      April 2, 2014

      Yep, yummy and you can make it as spicy as you like!

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    April 2, 2014

    I agree, ain’t nobody got time for hot or cooked avocado – UGH. I can almost smell how good these would be Deb!

    • Debbish
      April 2, 2014

      Yes, kinda like KFC… But different. And healthy! And… gluten-free!

  • Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions
    April 2, 2014

    Sounds yummo! Im gonna have to show this to the hubby coz he was whinging the other day about needing some new recipes! I wonder if it would go ok with turkey? We have a shitload of turkey breast to use up. Worth a try I reckon.

    • Debbish
      April 2, 2014

      Absolutely! I actually made it with steak one night!

  • Tamara
    April 2, 2014

    Oh boy I love that recipe. I am off to pin it (or something) for future reference.

    • Debbish
      April 2, 2014

      I think I pinned it as well. Well, when I did the link up this morning it automatically pinned it. (I’m a bit slack re Pinterest!)

  • Trish
    April 2, 2014

    I’m going to try this – thanks Deb.

  • Emma Fahy Davis
    April 3, 2014

    Yum, this looks amazing! I’m a big salt and pepper squid fan so I reckon I’ll give it a go with chicken too…

    • Debbish
      April 5, 2014

      I don’t actually eat squid (or any seafood other than fish fillets!) but yes, I guess it’s kinda the same!

  • Alicia
    April 3, 2014

    Looks yummy! Love your recipe editing 🙂

    • Debbish
      April 5, 2014

      I must admit I’m not much of a cook or foodie. I’m like the opposite to epicurean! 😉

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    July 29, 2016

    This looks yum!

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