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Spice spice baby!

Spice bags... for those of my friends not in Ireland you'll have no clue what I'm talking about... a spice bag is a bag of goodness from the takeaway ... it's spicy (the clue is in the name!) and very very high in Smartpoints... Last week I discovered this 'Spice Bag' seasoning in two of my local butchers... Sure I had to try it out! So, here's my step by step version of a 'spice bag' ...

If you fancy making your own mix, the spice bag seasoning mix contains:
Salt, cinnamon, fennel seeds, star anise seeds, cardamon, ginger and szechwan peppercorns... no chilli.. if you're a fan of the extra heat, then you'll have to add your own... It is 1SP for the 150g tub!

Click HERE for a list of stockists for those in Ireland..

Also over on Skinny Jeans & the In-betweens blog there's a breakdown of the seasoning too... 

To get your chicken pieces crispy... 

... I used Panko breadcrumbs... I just happened to have these in the cupboard but you can use your low cal bread too just check the SmartPoints! These are 1SP per 10g.

Mix your 'breadcrumb' mix with the spice mix and mix it well, you don't want a mouthful of that spice by itself! 

Dunk your chicken pieces into some egg white, I used 50ml of this brand. Then toss them in the dry mix and get them in the oven... You can use a whole egg but if you can save 2 points then it's worth it in my book!

Pop them on a baking tray, sprayed lightly with oil and get your chips in there too! 

I had a bag of these Gorge Us! oven chips from Unislim in the freezer and they're really handy, when you don't have the time (or can't be bothered!) to be peeling spuds! 
4SP per 100g

Whilst the chicken & chips in the oven, get your veggies going in a pan... add a sprinkle of the seasoning.. I used leftover peppers and red onions... Now is the time to add your chilli flakes or chopped chilli...

Once it's all cooked, approx 30 mins depending on the size of your chicken pieces... assemble!
This is just the way I like it done... but you can mix it up and add whatever you fancy to yours!

Veggies on the bottom...

a layer of chips....

Crispy chicken to top it all off.... 

and a drizzle of curry sauce... I used the Mayfield Curry sauce for 3SP! 

I got the takeaway trays in Dealz and no body even guessed there weren't from the actual takeaway! 

This worked out at 9SP per portion and was the most satisfying food I've had in AGES!



  1. Looks yummy! Are those chips available only in Ireland! Love your webite

    Debs x

    1. Yes you can get them in Supervalu for sure. I think I've seen them in Tesco too. x

  2. How many points would this be now seems as eggs and chicken are free ?

    1. 6SP now the chicken is 0SP. Sorry I haven't had time to update any recipes.

  3. Brilliant....try it with

    1. Will add it to the list! Good call!

    2. Do you know the smart points of the mcdonnells curry sauce please?

  4. Looks amazing. Thanks for this


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