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Chicken fajitas with tomato salsa

Chicken fajitas with tomato salsa

Although in northern Mexico ‘fajitas’ refers to a specific cut of beef, elsewhere in the world the term has come to describe a combination of sizzling pan–grilled chicken strips with capsicums and onions, wrapped in a flour tortilla. The dish has very little fat, but lots and lots of fresh flavours.

Polenta with turkey and wild mushroom sauce

Polenta with turkey and wild mushroom sauce

This flavoursome dish is a lovely way to enjoy a small amount of leftover turkey or chicken, with lots of tasty mushrooms and a herby soft polenta. The sauce is very quick to make and can be served in many other ways, such as over plain boiled or steamed rice or baked potatoes.

Chicken liver mousse

Chicken liver mousse

A splash of brandy makes this light and smooth mousse special enough for a dinner party first course. Poaching the chicken livers with vegetables and herbs, instead of frying them, gives them loads of robust flavour and keeps the fat down.

Roast chicken with lemon couscous

Roast chicken with lemon couscous

A large chicken like this is amazingly economical. It will give enough meat for about 8 portions, or you can serve 4 people and have plenty of leftovers for sandwiches, salads and other dishes. The lemon couscous adds a novel accompaniment.

Chicken livers sauted with sage

Chicken livers sautéed with sage

The addition of a few well–chosen flavouring ingredients, like the fresh sage and balsamic vinegar used here, can transform chicken livers into something special. Sautéed with mushrooms and onions, then served on bread, they become a satisfying meal.

Roast herb and garlic chicken

Roast herb and garlic chicken

For this chicken a delicious paste of fresh herbs and fromage frais is pushed under the skin. This keeps the roasting chicken beautifully moist as well as adding a wonderful flavour. The pan juices are used to make a simple sauce.

Chicken salad

Chicken salad

The ingredients for this salad are presented individually on a platter rather than being mixed together, with a simple tahini–based dressing so everyone can help themselves. There is a fairly small amount of meat per person, but plenty of raw vegetables to crunch through and fill you up.

Smoked chicken and fruit salad

Smoked chicken and fruit salad

With tender smoked chicken, mixed rice and refreshing honeydew melon and pineapple, this salad is as satisfying as it is delicious. It doesn't have an oil–based dressing to pile on the kilojoules – just freshly squeezed orange juice and the juices from the other fruits.

Chicken satay

Chicken satay

Moist, gingery cubes of chicken breast and colourful vegetables are grilled on skewers and served with a peanut sauce in this version of the popular Indonesian snack. Wedges of lime are included on the skewers so the hot juice can be squeezed over the cooked chicken just before eating.

Spiced stir-fried duck

Spiced stir-fried duck

Here, strips of duck are stir–fried in the Chinese fashion, with onions, water chestnuts, bok choy, bean sprouts and – a sweet touch – fresh pear. Very little oil is needed for a stir–fry, and adding lots of vegetables keeps the quantity of meat down. Serve with rice noodles or rice.

Chicken with lemongrass

Chicken with lemongrass

A cross between a soup and a stew, this dish captures the exciting spicy and sour flavours of South–East Asia. Lemongrass gives a citrus touch, and coconut adds richness. Using the poaching liquid as the broth preserves the water–soluble vitamins.

Sweet roast chicken bun

Sweet roast chicken bun

Few snacks can be more universally popular than sandwiches. Try this sweet and spicy combination of lean chicken roasted with a honey and mustard dressing, juicy mango slices and crisp lettuce leaves.

Chinese barbecued duck

Chinese barbecued duck

Duck is notoriously fatty, but this method of cooking cuts down on the amount of fat you eat with the meat. For a deliciously healthy meal, start with a refreshing salad, then follow with the duck served with rice or noodles and stir–fried mixed vegetables.

Creamy chicken salad with ginger

Creamy chicken salad with ginger

This creamy yet light chicken salad is ideal for serving as a cold buffet dish. Basing the dressing on sour cream mixed with mayonnaise makes it lower in fat than many other creamy dressings. Don't be tempted to omit the ginger – its subtle flavour makes all the difference.

Duck goulash soup

Duck goulash soup

Duck legs make a richly flavoured, hearty goulash soup – the meat is delicious spooned up with the chunks of carrot, celeriac and mushroom, and a spoonful of sour cream gives a creamy finish. For a complete meal in a bowl, add some potato dumplings flavoured with onion and garlic.

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