Recipe: Spicy Coated Chicken

I know a lot of people love KFC. Personally, I’m not a fan of fast food joints – never have been – but I do like a nice piece of spicy coated chicken (just not from KFC).

There is a Slimming World KFC-Style Chicken recipe floating around, but it uses things like Smash dried mashed potato or Weetabix for the coating, and as I don’t like Smash (really, I can’t stand the stuff!), and didn’t fancy the idea of using cereal on my chicken, I looked around for an alternative idea, and hit upon some similar recipes that used cous cous, which is a free food on the Slimming World plan, which means this recipe is entirely SYN-FREE!

Obviously, you can make this in any amount to serve any amount of people, so no measurements are given, but here’s now I did it…

F = Free food (eat as much as you like)
S = Speed food (these should make up at least a third of your meal)
P = Protein free food (eat as much of these as you like!)
HEa = Healthy Extra A (a daily allowance of dairy produce)
HEb = Healthy Extra B (a daily allowance of a product with fibre)
# = a number denotes roughly how many syns are in foods used

11728966_10155747396265386_3288186144394561870_oSPICY COATED CHICKEN


  • Chicken – raw (breasts / goujons / chunks / thighs) with all skin removed (P)
  • Plain cous cous (F)
  • Chicken stock cube / pot (F)
  • Herbs and spices of choice (F)
  • Water (F)
  • Egg (P)
  • Low-cal spray oil (F)


  • In a large bowl, mix your cous cous with your stock cube, herbs and spices, then add enough boiling water to just cover, and stir well.
  • Cover your bowl with a plate and leave for five minutes.
  • Fluff your cous cous with a fork.
  • Add your beaten egg.
  • Coat your chicken liberally with the cous cous mixture (it will drop off a bit, but press it right in). This bit is really messy, but stick with it and make sure that chicken is well-coated all over.
  • Spray a baking tray with some low-cal spray oil, and place the coated chicken on it, then spray with a little more.
  • Pop in the oven at 180C till the chicken is cooked and the coating is crisp and golden.

I had just enough of the coating to cover eight large chicken tenderloins (about half a breast each) – when I started, I was convinced I would have LOADS left over, but I didn’t – I was actually scraping the bowl at the end!

11119977_10155747396225386_4112722774633636198_oI like my chicken quite spicy, so my herb and spice mixture was:

  • 1 tbsp garlic powder/granules
  • 1 tbsp Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

I didn’t have any chicken stock cubes in the house (great preparations, eh?), so I used a regular beef Oxo cube and it was fine. I also used the chilli-infused Fry Light for a little extra kick.

The coating is slightly crisp on the outside, and crumbly underneath. It will crumble off as you’re cutting it, but it’s lovely!

I served mine with Slimming World chips (again, using the chilli-infused spray oil) and sprinkled them with a little Cajun spice mix for extra oomph, and then sauteed onions, mushrooms and courgettes in more of the chilli-infused spray oil to have on the side.

It’s also great cut up in a salad the next day.

4 thoughts on “Recipe: Spicy Coated Chicken

  1. It looks lovely, Kell, and I share your dislike of the processed pap that is Smash. Regrettably, using any ‘Free’ food in a manner for which it is not intended – such as using Smash or couscous to coat chicken, counts as a tweak in Slimming World terms, and consultants will therefore ask their members to Syn such usage in order to protect their weight loss.


    • If it were ground up and used as a flour substitute, then it would be a tweak, but just cooking couscous in the manner in which is usually cooked, then baking it for a little while wouldn’t be a tweak. If you’re going to do this AND have a plate full of couscous on the side, then by all means, assign a syns value to it if you so wish, but if you’re having the chicken coated in couscous and a load of veg on the side, you’re actually eating less couscous than you would if you were to dump it on your plate – it also fills you up in exactly the same way.


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