…well, fried chicken strips to be exact. I’m right up there with the kids when they demand something fried to a fabulously crunchy, crispy state in OIL. YUMMMM! Pity it’s blatantly unhealthy, heart attack material and has hip-widening powers.

My devotion to fried food has driven me to find ways to emulate the sheer deliciousness of it, minus all that bad stuff.

Here is my latest incarnation –


It’s finger-looking delicious and super-healthy too! It’s also fantastic the next day on sandwiches. We’re all winning!

Healthy Fried Chicken Strips

(Feeds 4)


  • 10 free-range chicken strips
  • Splash of full cream milk OR almond milk (if you’re a purist)
  • 50gms organic rolled amaranth (more about what this is later)
  • Maldon sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil (so good for you it’s not funny)


  • Heat oil in a large fry pan on medium heat.
  • Splash milk into a shallow bowl and spread amaranth onto a dinner plate, seasoning well with salt and pepper.
  • Dip chicken strips in milk then dredge in amaranth.
  • Fry until gorgeously crispy and cooked through. Don’t get too eager and overcook like an old boot. It needs to be golden and tender to the bite.
  • Serve with pesto (for dipping) and raw vegetables, avocado and tomatoes or a simple green salad.

Q. What the hell is rolled amaranth?

A. Only one of the most nutritious, miraculous seeds known to man!  The Aztecs and Incas devoured it for centuries, addicted to it for its super powers known to give the body strength and sustenance. It’s brimming with lysine which aids growth and repairs muscles and the nervous system. It’s also super easy to digest, gluten and cholesterol-free, high in iron, calcium and protein. What’s not to love?