Frugal Food Friday

Recipe: Chilli Mint Chicken

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This week’s recipe is about all about chicken!

The photo for this week’s recipe is not very pretty, sorry. But I promise you that the recipe is yummy. Not to mention, simple! I adore doing long and complex recipes, but for week nights these short recipes are big winners.


Chilli Mint Chicken

Chilli Mint Chicken

A refreshing take on chicken with a bit of pow and a bit of zing.

  • 400 g chicken breast / thighs
  • 1 red chilli
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 handful mint leaves
  • 3 tbsp chicken stock
  • 1 lemon
  1. Place everything except chicken and lemon into the Thermomix (or the food processor) and blitz until it is finely blitzed up. Speed 7.5, 10 secs; repeat as necessary.

  2. Cut chicken into bite size pieces.

  3. Combine chicken and paste mixture in a non-metallic bowl. Put it into the fridge to marinate for a few hours. (At least 2 hours.)

  4. Cook in pan until cooked thoroughly. This step does not need oil, but if you like you can drizzle a little oil onto the pan before cooking. You can push it further and char the sides for that extra flavour boost.

  5. Sprinkle chicken with salt (to taste) and a drizzle of lemon juice. Serve up!

Serving suggestion: You can serve this with roasted cauliflower or with rice, or in a salad – it works pretty well with just about anything!

Changing Habits Protocol / HCG compliant: do not cook it with oil and divide this up into 4 portions instead.


chicken: $3.60

red chilli: $0.10

garlic cloves: $1.50

mint leaves: $2

chicken stock: $0.10

lemon: $0.70

Total cost: $8 to serve 2.

Cost per meal: $4

This is a very rough estimate as it is impossible to buy just one red chilli or just 3 tbsp of chicken stock. Price estimates are based on volume used of actual products found on Coles Online.

Curious about what other recipe you can try? Have a look at this : Easy Fish Noodle Soup.

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