You can still have the food you love such as this tasty chicken kiev but with less calories, says Yorkshire fitness trainer Jodie McGregor

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  • Easy


  • 2 Large free range chicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp Spelt flour or gluten free flour
  • 1 Large free range egg
  • 2 tsp Coconut oil
  • For the pesto:
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • Large handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp Pine nuts
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp Grated parmesan


To make this healthy chicken Kiev: Preheat the oven to 190⁰C (170⁰C fan ovens).
To make the pesto, place all the ingredients in the blender and blast until a paste has formed. If you don’t have a blender, you can use a pestle and mortar to crush the pine nuts and garlic, then finely chop the basil and add along with the remaining ingredients to the mortar and grind them together.
Make a deep slice in the side of the chicken breast, making a hollow to accommodate the pesto. Place one tablespoon of pesto inside each chicken breast.
Close the chicken up, then roll it in the whisked egg and then the flour.
Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Once the oil has melted, place each chicken breast in the pan, colour on both sides then place on a baking tray.
Pop in the oven for 35 minutes, then remove and serve the chicken kiev with salad or courgetti.

From Jodie’s Fit Formula: Recipes: A recipe book of healthy, nutritious meals and snack

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