Creamy Spicy Cajun Chicken Tagliatelle

  

You know one of those days when you open the fridge stare blankly inside, close it & repeat the process about 3 more times? Well that was me today. I had a small bit of chicken left over from the chicken coconut curry I made last night 
& was wondering what the heck I was going to make with it. Well this is what the heck I made with it! How would you like to try this gorgeous mountain of food for just 10 propoints? (1 on F&H if you use brown pasta) Yummy! Serves 1. I hope your Sunday is great x 100g Diced Chicken Fillet

60g Dried Weight Tagliatelle 

1 Small Red Onion Diced

1 Small Red & Yellow Pepper Diced

1 Clove of Garlic

65g Philadelphia Lightest Cream Cheese

2 Tsps Cajun Seasoning (I used my own blend you can find it under my Jambalaya recipe or use shop bought)

Fresh Basil

Salt & Black Pepper   Prepare the pasta as per packet instructions. Place the diced chicken in a bowl & coat well with the Cajun seasoning. Heat a medium saucepan and spray with oil. Sauté the onion and peppers for approximately five minutes until soft. Add the chicken and cook for a further 5 to 8 minutes until fully cooked. Crush in a clove of garlic and cook for a further minute. Season with salt and black pepper. Add in the Philadelphia and a small amount of pasta cooking water and stir well until the Philadelphia is melted into a sauce. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce stirring well until fully coated. Tear in some fresh basil leaves and serve immediately. Enjoy!  

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Delicious Creole Jambalaya with Chicken & Sausage

  

Jambalaya the very word makes me want to just dance for some reason it’s one of those rhythmic words that rolls off the tongue happily & easily. Jambalaya originates in Louisiana home of cajun & creole food & apparently the main difference between a cajun & creole jambalaya is that a creole version uses tomatoes where a cajun one does not. It’s very similar to a Spanish Paella (I have a lovely Chicken & Chorizo Paella recipe already on the blog) and I always find these kind of rice dishes very comforting, filling & packed with flavour! I’ve made this using my very own easy homemade creole spice blend too. This serves 4 at a fabulous 9 propoints per person. You can use Wholegrain rice to make this 1 propoint on the filling & healthy plan, the main consideration regarding the rice is that it should long grain so Wholegrain basmati would work very well. Here’s the skinny:
  
240g Long Grain Rice

2 Chicken Fillets Diced 

5 Reduced Fat Sausages (1pp each)

1 Onion Finely Diced

2 Stalks of Celery Peeled & Chopped 

1 Red Bell Pepper Finely Sliced

1 Yellow Bell Pepper Finely Sliced

1 Clove Garlic

1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tbsp Creole Seasoning (Recipe below)

1 400g Tin Plum Tomatoes 

350ml Hot Chicken Stock

A Handful Fresh Parsley

Salt & Black Pepper 

For the Creole Seasoning:

(It’s very little work and hardly any effort to make your own creole seasoning & trust me it’s going to taste much better than any premade one. This yields a good supply considering you only need a Tablespoon for this recipe & will keep in an airtight jar or container for further uses, gorgeous even just sprinkled over a chicken fillet before baking in the oven.)

3Tbsp Paprika 

1 Tbsp Salt

1 Tbsp Garlic Granules

1/2 Tbsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper 

1/2 Tbsp Onion Powder

1/2 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper 

1/2 Tbsp Dried Oregano 

1/2 Tbsp Dried Thyme

1/2 Tbsp Dried Basil 

Mix well in a bowl – that’s it! You’ll need 1 Tablespoon for the recipe. 

 Heat a large lidded pan over a medium heat & spray it with oil. Dice the chicken into 1 inch bite sized pieces. Chop the sausages into 3 pieces each. Fry the chicken for about 5 minutes & add the sausage pieces & fry for a further 10 minutes or so until everything is cooked through & browning. Add 1 Tbsp of the creole seasoning & mix well. Add the onion, celery & bell peppers to the pan & continue to fry everything until the onion & pepper softens approximately 8 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic & fry for 30 seconds. Add the worcestershire sauce & stir through. Add the rice & stir through for a few seconds to start the rice cooking. Pour in the tomatoes breaking them up with your wooden spoon. Pour in the stock & season with salt & pepper if required. Put the lid on & simmer over a medium heat for about 20 to 25 minutes until the rice is cooked only lifting the lid about twice during cooking time to stir it well. If it starts to slightly stick to the pan scrape it all up with your wooden spoon & continue to cook this will just add extra flavour so don’t worry. Reduce the heat slightly for the last 10 minutes. Just before serving add a handful of chopped fresh parsley. Dish up & enjoy!  

Homemade Flatbread Cajun Chicken Pizza with Melting Mozarella, Succulent Sweetcorn & Peppery Rocket

  I made this the night after the Flatbread with Chicken Goujons recipe back in February as I had the flatbread dough already made up to hand. Very simple to throw together & a lovely weekend treat. Made for sharing, serves 2 at just 7pp for 1/2 the pizza or 4pp on F&H. Here’s the skinny; 

1 Portion of Flatbread Dough: 

Makes 6 at 6pp each, 1 Flatbread serves 2 people

250g Plain White Flour

3/4 of a tsp of Dried Yeast

1 tsp Sugar

1 tsp Olive Oil

A pinch of Salt

2 Tbsps of Fat Free Greek Yoghurt

120ml Water  Mix the Flour, Yeast, Sugar & Salt in a bowl. Make a well in the centre & add the Yoghurt oil & half the water. Mix together & slowly add the rest of the water while forming a dough. Knead the dough for 10 minutes & palce in a bowl sprayed with sprayoil & cover. Leave in a warm place for 1 hour until it doubles in size. Knock back the air by punching the dough & divide into 6 evenly sized balls. Roll out the dough into a thin flat circle. Place on a baking sheet on greaseproof paper & leave for 20 minutes to rest. Fry the flatbread in a pan with sprayoil for 2 minutes each side or until browning in spots & bubbling slightly.  For the Toppings:

1 Chicken Fillet 

1 tsp Cajun Seasoning 

A Few tbsps of Passata 

1 tbsp Tomato Purée 

1/2 tsp Dried Oregano 

Salt & Pepper

40g Low Fat Buffalo Mozzarella 

1/2 Red Onion

1/2 Red Pepper 

A Handful of Spinach 

A Handful of Rocket

1 Tbsp Sweetcorn   Roast a chicken fillet sprinkled with cajun seasoning for approximately 25 mins in a preheated oven at 200c. Mix the passata, tomato puree, oregano, salt & pepper & spread over the flatbread. Top with the chicken, 40g low fat buffalo mozzarella, spinach, red onion, sweet red pepper & season with salt & black pepper. Bake at 200c for 10 to 15mins until veg is soft & cheese is melted. Remove from oven & garnish with Fresh Rocket & Sweetcorn. Enjoy!!!