Free Healthy Recipe - Za'tar Chicken Thigh with Spinach and Tahini Sauce

Dairy free, Gluten free, Low GI, Wheat Free

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It is true that thigh meat does contain more kilojoules than breast meat but for every 100g it's only an additional 58Kj or 13 calories - which in the scheme of things is very little. With the skin removed it has a low fat content, and on top of that it also contains many other antioxidants and nutrients including zinc. Equally important, from a taste perspective, many people prefer thigh meat because it is soft, succulent and very moist.

600 grams chicken thigh fillet, trimmed of any fat
2 tbsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted
½ tsp sea salt
3 tbsp fresh thyme
2 bunches English spinach, washed and trimmed

Tahini dressing:
3 tbsp tahini
1 lemon juice only
2 cloves garlic, crushed
sweetcorn steamed, to serve

Lightly roast sesame seeds in a small pan until they turn golden.
Combine them with freshly chopped thyme. Add half a teaspoon of sea salt and mix together.
Sprinkle the za'tar on both sides of the chicken thighs.

Heat olive oil in a non stick plan and sear the chicken for two minutes on both sides. Transfer the chicken to an oven preheated to 170C and cook for a further 20 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking make the tahini sauce. Simply mix 3 tablespoons of tahini with the juice of 1 lemon, add 2 cloves of crushed garlic and combine. Add water, a little bit at a time, until the sauce has taken on a creamy consistency. Season with cracked pepper.

Toss spinach in a pan for a few minutes until wilted.
Serve the spinach on a plate with a little tahini sauce over it and add the chicken over the top. Serve with a little bit of extra sauce on the side.

Makes 4 servings

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Ready in: 30 mins

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Nutritional Information - Per Serve
Kj 2093 kj
Calories 500 kcal
Fat 31.7 g
Saturated Fat 6.6 g
Total Carbohydrate 7.1 g
Total Protein 44 g
Fibre 6.5 g

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