Slimming World Recipe – Creole Chicken and Rice #freefoodfeb

Today I arrived home from a day out at Blackpool, hungry and with no idea what to cook. I saw that I had a missed delivery and headed to my neighbours to collect it. Slimming World had sent me a box with a cool bag full of ingredients and the new Free Food Feasts Cook Book and asked me to create the Turkey Meatballs in Creole Sauce recipe.
Now we are not lovers of meatballs in our house but seen as we had some chicken breast defrosted in the fridge I decided to do what I do best and adjust the recipe to suit my family. The recipe below has been adjusted from the one in the Free Food Feasts recipe book which I would definitely recommend buying it if you can as looking at the recipes is really inspiring me to get in the kitchen more.

Creole Chicken and Rice

Low-calorie cooking spray
500g chicken breast chopped into chunks
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
2 tbsp tomato puree
Splash of water

For the Creole sauce

4 garlic cloves crushed
1 onion, finely sliced
6 celery sticks finely chopped
3 peppers, roughly chopped
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp cajun seasoning
salt and pepper

I threw all of the sauce ingredients into a large wok until it was boiling and then I put a lid on it turned the temperature down whilst I prepared everything else.

I created a paste in a non-stick pan from the low-calorie spray, thyme, chilli flakes, tomato puree and the water and then added the chicken breast chunks. I then cooked the chicken until it started to burn slightly on the edges to give it added flavour. Whilst this was cooking I boiled some plain rice to have with it but you could have it with salad, in a pita or with some seasonal vegetables.

When the chicken was cooked through I mixed the chicken into the sauce and served.

It was a little bit spicy for one of my girls but we stirred in some quark and it made it less spicy so if you want all the taste but less heat I recommend doing this after removing from the heat.

I really enjoyed cooking and eating this meal and look forward to trying some of the other recipes in the Free Food Feats book in the hope to give my weight loss a boost.