Food, 19.11.2015

Recipe of the Week: The Detox Kitchen’s Cajun Chicken

This recipe from The Detox Kitchen is a perfect post workout dish – best for lunch so you have longer to digest the meat. Chicken is lean protein and avocado is packed with the healthiest fats so this meal gets straight to work replenishing used energy stores. Avocado is also very high in vitamin E and a precursor to glutathione – both potent antioxidants –, which are really important for helping the body repair cell damage that naturally occurs during exercise.

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Cajun Chicken with Avocado Salad & Mango Salsa - Serves 4

  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp crushed dried chilli
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, about 150g each
  • FOR THE SALAD - 150g spinach
  • A handful of fresh coriander
  • A handful of fresh mint
  • A handful of fresh parsley
  • 1/4 red onion, roughly diced
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 avocados
  • FOR THE MANGO SALSA - 1 mango, diced
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, diced
  • A handful of fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 fresh red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Mix together all the spices, garlic and oil with a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Add the chicken breasts and turn them so they are covered with the marinade.

  2. Set a ridged griddle/grill pan on a medium heat and leave to heat up.

  3. Meanwhile, one at a time, place the breasts on one half of a large sheet of clingfilm, fold the clingfilm over so that the spices are sealed in and gently bash the breasts with a rolling pin to flatten them to about 1cm thick; remove the clingfilm. Place the breasts on the griddle pan and cook for 6 minutes on each side.

  4. Make the salad whilst the chicken is cooking. Finely chop the spinach, coriander, mint, parsley and red onion and mix together with the oil in a large bowl. Peel the avocados and remove the stone, then dice the flesh. Add to the bowl and fold in gently. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. For the salsa, combine all the ingredients in another bowl. Use your hands to mix, squeezing the tomatoes to create a chunky, juicy salsa.

  6. Serve each chicken breast with a big helping of the spinach salad and the mango salsa

    Rich in Vitamins B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, C and E • Folate • Potassium • Beta-carotene • Tryptophan • Beta-sitosterol • Fibre

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