Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Orange Mustard Chicken with Parsnip Mash

For quite a number of weeks now, himself and I have been trying out some new recipes. We figured that we have so many Weight Watchers recipe books that we never seem to use! Each time we try a new recipe I try to take a decent photo of the plated dish. I'm not sure I always succeed though as I am by no means a food-photographer. Here's my contribution to FTLOB's "Tasty Tuesday" meme. As I've got quite a selection of photo's and recipes now I figured I'd join in!! 

2 Parsnips, peeled and sliced thingly
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
2 teaspoons reduced-sugar orange marmalade
150g skinless boneless chicken breast
1 tablespoon low fat fromage frais
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives or parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat the grill to medium high. Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the parsnips for 15 minutes or until tender.

2. In a small bowl, mix the mustard and marmalade together.

3. Meanwhile, place the chicken, upper side face down, in a foil lined grill tray. Season. Grill for 8 - 10 minutes, then turn the chicken over and spread on the mustard and marmalade. Cook for a further 8 - 10 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the glaze has turned a deep golden colour.

4. Drain the cooked parsnips. Mash with the fromage frais and chopped chives or parsley. Slice the chicken and serve piled on top of the mash.

Serves: 1
ProPoints per serving: 10
Takes 25 minutes


Himself and I loved the chicken done this way. It comes out wonderfully succulent. Not dry at all, which is the problem I normally find with doing chicken breasts under the grill. However, as I'm not overly keen on parsnips, I didn't particularly enjoy the mash. It was okay-ish when eaten with the chicken; but once the chicken was gone I found the flavour unpleasant.... much to hubby's amusement. He loves parsnip! However, even he was struggling with the mash. We tried this recipe a second time using potatoes for the mash and found that to be much better as long as you don't use the fromage frais. 

The kids, however, pulled their noses up at it. As usual! I'm not sure why we don't just serve them chicken nuggets and fries for dinner every single day. However, himself and I are not giving up. We will continue to put new foods and recipes in front of them in the hopes that oneday they might try something and find that they actually like it! Hmmmm.... hell might freeze over before that happens I'm afraid!

All-in-all, I'd say this is a good one to try if you adore Parsnips. If not, substitute them with normal mashed potato and it still works well!

If you'd like to see some more recipes then please head over to FTLOB to see what everyone else is up to! Make sure you come back again next Tuesday for another Tasty recipe!!


  1. Oh yum, thats looks tasty.

  2. interesting recipie. My kids are the same as yours. lol

  3. That chicken sounds yummy, might have to give it a go. Would probably stick to potato though as the hubby isn't a fan of parsnips!


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