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High Protein Fake-Away Recipes

High Protein Fake-Away Recipes

Friday, 15 May 2020 13:19:00 Europe/London

We all know the importance of protein when it comes to health and fitness, but actually increasing your intake and making a conscious effort to add it to your diet can be difficult to do, especially if you love your takeaways.  

So how do you incorporate more protein into your diet without depriving yourself of the meals you love? Below are some high protein versions of some much-loved takeaways, where you are sure to find more appetising alternatives to plain old chicken and broccoli. 

 

Curry 

We all love an Indian takeaway, but many curry dishes are made with large quantities of cream and oil, which can lead to some of our favourite orders containing over 1,000 calories in just one portion. Want a healthier version? Make your own following our recipe below. 

 

High Protein Chicken Curry Recipe (Serves 4)

Protein: 68 grams per portion

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil 

  • 2 Cloves of Garlic

  • 1 Medium White Onion 

  • 1 tsp Cumin 

  • 1 tsp Turmeric

  • 1 tsp Coriander

  • 2 tsp Garam Masala

  • 1 Bell Pepper (any colour) 

  • 400g Passata 

  • 1 Tin of Chickpeas 

  • 3 Chicken Breasts 

  • 280g Brown Rice 

 

Method

  1. Add the brown rice to a pan of boiling water (leave this to cook whilst you carry out the rest of the steps.)

  2. Heat the oil in a pan on a high heat. Chop the onion and garlic and fry until they start to brown.

  3. Dice the chicken breast and add to the pan. Fry until it starts to brown. 

  4. Turn down the heat and add the passata, cumin, turmeric, coriander and garam masala and stir.

  5. Chop the bell pepper and drain the chickpeas and add to the pan too. 

  6. Leave to simmer on a low heat for around 20 minutes. 

  7. Drain the rice and serve. 

 

Top Tip!

Marinate your chicken overnight in cumin, coriander and turmeric for even more flavour. 



Chinese

A Chinese takeaway on a Friday night is a ritual for many of us Brits, but dishes such as sweet and sour pork and sides like spring rolls and prawn toast can have incredibly high amounts of fat. Try out our take on a Chinese favourite. 

 

High Protein Chicken Chow Mein (Serves 4)

Protein: 68 grams per portion

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • Ginger

  • 2 Cloves of Garlic

  • 1 tsp Chinese Five Spice

  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce

  • 300g Bell Peppers 

  • 200g Mangetout 

  • 200g Water Chestnuts

  • 200g Bamboo Shoots

  • 200g Beansprouts 

  • 200g Edamame Beans

  • 4 Nests of Whole Wheat Noodles 

  • 3 Chicken Breasts 

 

Method

  1. Dice the chicken, chop the garlic and grate the ginger. 

  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the chicken, garlic and ginger until the chicken starts to brown. 

  3. Turn down the heat slightly and add the mangetout, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and beansprouts. 

  4. Chop the bell peppers and add these to the pan with the edamame beans.

  5. In another pan, cook the noodles in boiling water for around 4 minutes. 

  6. Drain the noodles and add to the other pan with the soy sauce, oyster sauce and Chinese five-spice. 

  7. Stir for 2-3 minutes then serve. 



Kebab

A post-pub kebab might taste great, but at nearly 2,000 calories per meal, it can wreak havoc on your healthy eating efforts. Try this high protein Gyros inspired kebab recipe as an alternative. 

 

High Protein Chicken Kebab (Serves 4)

Protein: 65 grams per portion

 

Ingredients

  • 3 Chicken Breasts 

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil

  • 3 Garlic Cloves

  • 250g Low Fat Greek Yoghurt 

  • 1 tsp Coriander 

  • 1 tsp Cumin

  • 1 tsp Paprika

  • 1 tsp Onion Powder

  • Black Pepper

  • Salt

  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree

  • 4 Wholemeal Pitta Breads 

  • Tzatziki 

  • Red Onion

  • Spinach 

  • 2 Beef Tomatoes

 

Method

  1. Chop the garlic gloves and combine with the greek yoghurt, tomato puree, coriander, cumin, paprika, onion powder, pepper and salt.

  2. Cut the chicken into strips and add to the yoghurt mix. Leave to marinate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

  3. Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the chicken. Fry for around 10 minutes or until the chicken has browned. 

  4. Chop the tomatoes and onion and combine with the spinach to make the salad. 

  5. Spread tzatziki onto the pitta bread, then fill with the salad and chicken and serve.

 

Inspired yet? Re-create these delicious dishes at home using Tom Hixson of Smithfield’s Chicken Breast Fillets. Lean and naturally high in protein, our succulent chicken breast is perfect for cooking up a healthy meal. 

 

Note - Cooking times may vary. Always ensure chicken is cooked through properly before serving.

 

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Tom Hixson

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