Cheat’s Mango Chicken

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You know me, I’m a big fan of fresh and fuss free mid-week meals, but then isn’t everyone?  Whenever I sit down to do my meal planning for the week and ask Sunny if he’s got any requests when it comes to dinners then 9 times out of 10 I’ll get that super specific but mostly unhelpful answer, “I don’t know, *shrugs* something with rice?”  So we tend to eat a lot of curries and a lot of stir fries – and d’you know what?  I’m not even mad about that because they’re so quick and easy to whip up, especially in the middle of the week – and they’re (mostly) pretty healthy.

But, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut cooking the same two or three things each week.  So.  I’ve slowly been upping my “homemade takeaway game”.  I make a mean plate of Singapore Noodles and – more recently – a cracking bowl of Thai Noodle Soup and now I’m bringing this super satisfying (and stupidly simple) plate of Mango Chicken to the table.  It’s as easy as opening a jar of Mango Chutney!  Sweet and sticky and perfect if you fancy a change from your usual Sweet and Sour Chicken.  You can even switch out the chicken for battered cod or scampi if you fancy.  Boom! 😉

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Cheat’s Mango Chicken (serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 300g jar of mango chutney
  • 100ml water
  • 150g diced mango
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • a handful of chopped spring onions
  • 250g of battered chicken breast meat (if you want to make things easy, then buy it already battered – if not, I’d recommend giving this recipe a go; it’s not as tricky as you think!)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  1. Pour the vegetable oil into your wok and get it smoking hot.  Stir fry the pepper, mango and spring onions for five minutes.
  2. Pour in the contents of the mango chutney.  Pour the water into the jar and swill it around to collect the dregs, then pour into the wok – stirring to combine.
  3. Let it bubble for five minutes and reduce down, then stir in the battered chicken.
  4. Serve up with egg fried rice.  Yum!  🙂

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What’s your favourite kind of midweek meal?  Let me know in the comments – I’m always trying to find new favourites!  Have a great week! 🙂

 

Cheat’s Mille Feuille

When I was kid shopping in Cardiff on a Saturday with my Mum, we’d always – at some point – end up in David Morgan’s (…anyone remember that place?) and specifically in the restaurant on the top floor (the one with all the Monet and Renoir paintings on the green walls?).  Our pit-stop involved a drink (something fizzy for me – these were the days before I drank tea…) and sharing a variation of Mille Feuille, also known as a Custard Slice, which is, by the way, probably the worst cake in the world to share with someone because it’s darn impossible to cut without the custard slurping out the sides and… Anyway.  I had some puff pastry hanging on in my fridge the other day and decided to experiment.

I rolled it out and cut it into rectangles, pricked them with a fork and baked them in the oven for around 15 minutes on a low heat.
I sandwiched them together with buttercream and sliced strawberries and then dusted them with icing sugar.  Okay, they’re not perfect and are going to need a little refining, but that’s why experiments need to be done a few times before you get it right!