I perused the Gino D’Acampo La Dolce Diet book because I knew it would offer me healthy fodder that I could whip up relatively quickly. But I wasn’t expecting anything as spectacular as it produced…even the pictures don’t do it just. It was a deliciously sweet and tangy sauce..that I may well have been caught mopping up from the pan after dinner that night…
So, having hyped it up a lot, there really is nothing left to do but share the magic. As usual though, I would like to warn you the recipe does include minimal marinading. Just an hour, so perfect to start prepping as soon as you get home from work and then finish off later…
- 2 medium skinless, boneless chicken breasts (you may notice I used 4 with the same quantities below, but they were small. And the boy consumed 3 of them, he’s a hungry lad)!
- 2 tbsp runny honey
- Grated zest and juice of unwaxed lemon
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Gino recommend throwing some potatoes into the pan for your accompaniment, but I went for roasted vegetables and couscous which worked beautifully.
Using a sharp knife, slash each chicken breast four times, cutting through to the middle of each breast. Mix the honey, lemon zest and juice, garlic, mustard and black pepper together in a medium bowl.
Add the chicken to the marinade and turn to coat evenly. Cover with the cling film and pale in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 220c/gas mark 7.
If you are using potatoes, arrange them in the baking tray at this point. Otherwise you should cut your roast veg and place it in a separate tray, covering generously with balsamic vinegar.
When the hour is up, pour the chicken and marinade into a separate dish (with the oil for the potatoes if you are using them). Season with salt and transfer the tray to the middle of the oven to cook for 30 minutes.
Once cooked through, serve.
It’s yum, I promise.
pst. the bonus is, this recipe is only 419 calories worth of delicious. So you can probably squeeze in a pudd after!