SW recipe: Chicken tikka & mango biryani

Serves 4 Ready in about 7 hour 75 minutes


250g dried basmati rice

100g dried red split lentils

2 onions, chopped 5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped

2 tbsp dried tikka spice mix or medium curry powder

2 tsp each of tumeric and cumin seeds

750ml chicken stock

500g skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks

1 cauliflower, cut into florets

125g baby spinach

1 mango, peeled, stoned and cut into bite-size chunks

Juice of 1 lemon, plus wedges to serve

Sweet smoked paprika, to serve

1 green chilli, thinly sliced (optional)

200g fat-free natural Greek-style yogurt


1 Preheat your oven to 180°C/ fan 160°C/gas 4. Tip the basmati rice, red lentils, onions and ginger into a large, deep roasting tin or flameproof casserole dish. Whisk the spices into the stock, then pour over the rice mixture. Cover with a lid or foil and bake for 30 minutes.

2 Stir through the chicken and cauliflower. Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake for a further 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken and rice are cooked through.

3 Turn off the oven. Scatter the spinach over the biryani, then cover and return to the oven for 5 minutes to wilt the spinach.

4 Season and stir through the mango and lemon juice using a fork to fluff up the rice as you go. Scatter over some paprika and the sliced chilli (if you like heat), and serve with yogurt sprinkled with paprika, and lemon wedges for squeezing over.


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Make simple swaps
To help protect your weight loss, choose the leanest meats and trim off any visible fat – cut the white bits off bacon and remove skin from poultry. Dry-fry or cook with low-calorie cooking spray rather than fat or oil, switch sugar for sweetener, and swap cream and crème fraîche for fat-free natural yogurt or plain quark.

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