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BBQ chicken with coleslaw

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
This healthy recipe proves that fried chicken and coleslaw doesn’t have to be full of fat. This meal provides 273 kcal per portion.


  1. To make the glaze for the chicken, combine the vinegar with 100ml/3½fl oz water in a saucepan. Add the sugar, smoked paprika, mustard and soy sauce. Stir to combine then bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. Meanwhile, add the ingredients for the coleslaw to a large bowl, toss to combine and season to taste.

  3. Heat a griddle pan over a high heat until smoking hot. Open the chicken thighs out and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken skin-side down on the griddle and fry for 3-4 minutes.

  4. Brush the chicken with a little glaze then turn and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, brushing occasionally with the glaze as you cook. Turn off the heat and rest for five minutes.

  5. Slice thickly and serve with the coleslaw. Drizzle with any sticky cooking juices before serving.


  • 100ml/3½fl oz cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • ½ tsp sea salt and black pepper
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs, skin on

For the coleslaw

  • ½ small red cabbage, finely sliced
  • 2 carrots, coarsely grated
  • 1 small/½ large red onion, finely sliced
  • 8 radishes, sliced
  • 3 spring onions, very finely sliced
  • 2 limes, juice only
  • 2 tsp black onion seeds
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • small bunch fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • small bunch fresh mint, finely chopped

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