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Cherry-cola chicken with herby springonion mash

A fun and fruity reboot of the famous diet-cola chicken recipe


Serves 4

FREEZABLE (chicken only)

Ready in about 1 hour

Low-calorie cooking spray

1 leek, trimmed and finely chopped

1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped

4 celery sticks, very finely diced

1 fennel bulb, trimmed and very finely diced

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size chunks

400g can chopped tomatoes

330ml can diet cherry cola

200ml vegetable or chicken stock

200g green beans, trimmed and halved

2 tbsp oyster sauce

For the mash:

800g floury potatoes, such as King

Edward or Desiree, peeled and roughly chopped

100ml hot vegetable stock

2 tbsp each of finely chopped fresh chives and flat-leaf parsley, plus extra parsley sprigs to serve

4 spring onions, finely sliced

1 Spray a large, lidded, non-stick frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the leek, carrot, celery, fennel and garlic and stir-fry for 5-6 minutes, or until just softened.

2 Add the chicken chunks. Stir-fry over a high heat for 3-4 minutes, or until sealed.

3 Stir in the tomatoes, cherry cola and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, then cover and simmer gently for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened and the chicken is cooked through.

4 Meanwhile, for the mash, boil the potatoes for 12-15 minutes, or until tender. Drain, return to the saucepan with the hot stock and mash until smooth. Season, then stir in the chopped herbs and half the spring onions. Cover and keep warm. Steam the beans for 5-6 minutes, or until just tender.

5 Stir the oyster sauce into the chicken mixture. Serve the chicken and mash with the green beans, and scatter over the extra parsley and remaining spring onions.

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Welcome to the May/June issue of Slimming World magazine – your complete guide to slimming success! Featuring amazing real-life transformations, new twists on the nation’s favourite recipes, and expert advice to keep your slimming campaign on track. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s… this issue’s star slimmers span every decade. Discover how 28-year-old cover star Elena made weight loss work as a busy mum; meet Woman of the Year Hollie, 8st 6lbs lighter at 30; see how keen cyclist Karl lost nearly 8st at 50; then celebrate 10 years at target with Pauline, 67, and find out what she’s learned along the way. As one of the secrets of losing that lasts is falling in love with food, we asked readers to share their best-loved dishes, so we could make them even more delicious. We can’t wait for you to try them! Is a better love life high on your wish list, too? Then don’t miss our guide to firing up your libido: the best news is you don’t have to wait until you’ve reached your target weight to reignite passion between the sheets… Plus: a brilliant bank holiday menu plan; a clever commitment-boosting quiz, and 10 ways to get fit for free. Here’s to the exciting next chapter on your journey to slim