Crispy Fried Chicken with Sticky Five Spice Sauce
The perfect quick dinner, whipped up in under 30 minutes, this fried chicken and sticky five spice sauce will beat the Chinese any day, and at just 1 syn per portion you’re in for a treat!
It’s been ages since I’ve had a proper piece of fried chicken, after all heading down the chippy is hardly a Slimming World friendly move (at least not when you can’t resist cheesy chips anyway!), and whilst I adore the Slimming World KFC and eat it most weeks, you really can’t beat that crispy flour coating once in a while. I was thinking about this, and craving some fried chicken the other day, when I realised I could meet myself in the middle, not just as a treat but as an every day dish for just 1 syn per portion! You don’t have to go the full nine yards with deep fried batter, but you can definitely still enjoy the same flavours and experience with a pan fried piece of chicken dipped in flour! So, that’s what I decided to do, and boy was it amazing! In fact, because it’s just a light coating you end up with a much crispier finish, without oil dripping all over the place!
One of my favourite things to get from the Chinese is crispy chicken pieces, they just go so well with Asian flavours, so the logical thing to make alongside my crispy piece of chicken was a delicious Asian sauce! Five Spice and orange are two flavours that work exceptionally well together, I’m not sure why but they do. I’m not actually a huge fan of Five Spice on its own, but chuck it into a sauce with some orange and a bit of soy sauce and you’ve got yourself a winning dish in my eyes! To make this sauce sticky I’ve used my new favourite Xanthan Gum which is syn free and simply the best thing I’ve bought since I joined Slimming World! You can buy in on Amazon, and a little goes a very very long way so it lasts for absolutely ages! If you don’t have any to hand, you could add a tablespoon of honey to this recipe instead which would make it slightly sweeter and add syns of course, but would still work very well.
My crispy fried chicken, along with the tangy Five Spice sauce, went perfectly on a bed of egg noodles, broccoli and peppers, with some spring onions chucked in there for good measure! I’d have added bean sprouts if my local shop hadn’t run out of them, so if you’ve got them to hand add a handful in there for good measure when you add the broccoli.
One of the best things about this recipe was without doubt the high quality ingredients. I personally prefer fresh veg when it comes to making stir fry as I think they hold their shape and flavour more, although I do adore frozen veg for lots of dishes. The chicken I used was from Muscle Foods, and is available from my exclusive Muscle Foods deal. They’re the biggest chicken breast I’ve ever seen, and I’m never going back to supermarket bought ones…after all at 73p per piece of chicken this dish is a steal!
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