Hemsley + Hemsley - Healthy & Delicious



Say goodbye to unhealthy take-away chicken and hello to a flavour-packed healthy dinner that is kind to your waistline.


  • 180g ground almonds

  • 2 eggs

  • 6 chicken drumsticks

  • 1 tbsp olive oil or ghee

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • For the spice mix

  • 3 tsp hot smoked paprika or 2 1/2 tsp smoked sweet paprika with 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 3/4 tsp onion powder (optional)

  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder (optional

  • For the ketchup

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 2 garlic cloves, diced

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 7 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 700ml passata or 1/2 kg fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped

  • 7 tbsp maple syrup

  • A pinch of sea salt

  • Optional: a pinch of cayenne pepper


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to fan 180c/gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.

  • 2.

    Mix the ground almonds and ingredients for the spice mix in a bowl. In a second bowl, beat the eggs.

  • 3.

    Dip the chicken drumsticks, one at a time, in the egg, then coat in the mix of ground almonds and spices and lay on the baking tray.

  • 4.

    Gently heat the ghee and use a spoon to drizzle it over the pieces.

  • 5.

    Bake for 45 minutes until golden and sprinkle with some sea salt and pepper

  • For the summer lime coleslaw:

  • 1.

    Finely shred the red cabbage using a knife or food processor. Finely chop the fronds of the fennel bulb and thinly slice the stalks and bulb with a knife or mandolin.

  • 2.

    Combine the cabbage and fennel in a large mixing bowl with the carrot, celery, spring onion and coriander.

  • 3.

    Shake all the dressing ingredients together in a jam jar, then use your hands to mix it into the coleslaw.

  • 4.

    Toast the peanuts in a dry frying pan for a few minutes until toasted, then scatter over the top of the coleslaw and serve

  • For the ketchup:

  • 1.

    Sterilise a bottle or glass jar with a lid, either by adding hot water for 10 minutes or by popping it through the dish washer.

  • 2.

    Gently fry the onion in the butter for 10 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally.

  • 3.

    Add the garlic, bay leaf and apple cider vinegar and stir for a minute.

  • 4.

    Add the rest of the ingredients and turn up the heat. When it starts to bubble, leave it to simmer gently for about 1 hour, lid off, until you have a thick ketchup. Check for seasoning, adding cayenne if you like.

  • 5.

    Take off the heat and cool then blend until smooth. When cool enough to touch stir through the whey and transfer to a jar

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (12 servings)

  • Energy 271kj
  • Fat Total 16g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Protein 16g
  • Carbohydrate 14g
  • Sugar 9g
  • Sodium 377mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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To ferment the ketchup: whey from full fat probiotic dairy yoghurt, strain the yoghurt through a sieve lined with two pieces of kitchen towel in the fridge overnight. The liquid at the bottom is the whey. Reserve this to stir through the ketchup.

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Posted by Aaron337Report
I've been losing weight over the past 4 months now and I'm down 32 kilos in that time, the foods I've been eating are tasty but you tend to eat a lot of the same things. When I came across this recipe how ever I couldn't wait to give it a try and I'm so glad that I did! 5/5 for give it a try and that was just the chicken I cooked!!! will try out the coleslaw next time.
Posted by Melanie1058Report
So addictive! 10/10. Will try the coleslaw next time.
Posted by Maxine49Report
Amazing chicken, tender and extremely tasty.
Posted by StefieReport
Looking forward to making this, just wondering how much yoghurt do I need for they whey and what are the ingredients for the lime dressing for the coleslaw?