Not only is chicken a great source of protein, it’s also high in the mineral phosphorus which we need to keep our bones and teeth strong and healthy. It’s incredibly versatile, too: great with pasta, in stir-fries, soups or curries, or simply grilled with a lovely, seasonal salad.

When it comes to buying chicken, if it’s within your means, buy higher-welfare and sustainable options. The minimum standard we would recommend is RSPCA Assured – start here and upgrade to free-range or organic whenever you can. Be adventurous, try something different and whip up one of these easy, healthy recipes for dinner this evening.

PASTA PESTO
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Jazz up this popular combo of pasta and pesto with grilled chicken breasts and green beans. Bashing the chicken between sheets of greaseproof paper until lovely and thin, then quick-frying it with your favourite flavours is an incredibly easy and super-speedy way to get delicious, tender results. Try this technique, then tweak with your own favourite herbs or spices, and serve simply with seasonal greens and potatoes for a tasty, quick dinner.

HIT ‘N’ RUN TRAYBAKED CHICKEN
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This dish requires minimal effort but really delivers on the flavour front – it’s simply a case of throwing all the ingredients into a tray, then whacking it in the oven to roast while you get on with your evening chores. To serve, put the whole tray in the middle of the table for everyone to take their share. Delicious with brown rice or crusty bread for mopping up the juices.

CHICKEN & GARLIC BREAD KEBABS
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Skewers of tender chicken and crunchy garlic bread, served with a salad of sliced oranges, spinach and a crumbling of feta, this is a vibrant dish of contrasts. When cooking, weigh your kebabs down in the pan so they get beautifully crispy.

JOOLS’ EASY CHICKEN CURRY
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Sweet and mild, this simple dish is a great way to introduce kids to curry and get some hidden veg into them, too. Tweak the spice levels depending on your tastes and use top-quality mango chutney for added flavour.

ROASTED CHICKEN BREAST WITH LEMONY BOMBAY POTATOES
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This Indian-inspired roast chicken makes the perfect weeknight dinner for one. Roasted in one dish, it’s an incredible mishmash of flavour and quick to knock together, too. Serve with a side salad to up your veg intake.

CHICKEN & SQUASH CACCIATORE
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Rich and comforting, this one-pot dinner packs in three of your 5-a-day and provides a good hit of vitamin B12 to boot. It’s finished in the oven for a lovely, thick sauce and chicken that falls off the bone.


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