Beer-braised Chicken, Chorizo and Sweet Potato Casserole ft. SkinnyBrands Premium Lager

It’s not the first time I’ve mentioned my sheer delight that we can still have the odd beer on Slimming world. And when we opt for low-calorie beers, the syns can go even further.

That said, none of us really want to have to compromise on flavour. SkinnyBrands Premium Lager is 100% the most flavourful low-calorie beer I’ve tasted yet and I’m confident this is down it being 4% ABV, 89 calories (4.5 syns) per bottle. It's also lgluten free and vegan friendly if you’re so inclined. I’ve re-purchased this a few times since finding it late last year.

Skinny Lager is widely available in the UK and Ireland. In Ireland, currently it can be bought in Donnybrook Fair and over 150 pubs nationwide.

In the UK, a few options also:

While delicious on its own, I recently used this beer to liven up my chicken dinner and it really was the most mouthwatering soul food I’ve had in some time. Made a change from the usual stocky sauces I’d put together and felt like a real indulgence despite remaining very low syn. Check out the recipe for this low syn chicken dish below.

Skinny Lager 4.5 syns

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Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 35 mins

Serves: 2

Syns per serving: 4 with skin off or 6 with skin left on (pictured)

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken thighs (Free)

  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard (1 syn)

  • 1 large onion, sliced

  • 2 large handfuls of baby leaf spinach

  • 40g reduced fat chorizo, sliced (4 syns)

  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into chunks

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp thyme

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1/2 bottle of SkinnyBrands Premium Lager (2.5 syns)

  • 1/2 cube of chicken stock

Method:

  1. In a saucepan, boil the sweet potatoes

  2. Spray a pan with frylight (or equivalent) and put on a medium heat.

  3. Add the chicken to the pan, searing for a few minutes each side until browned.

  4. Add onions, garlic, mustard and herbs and stir well

  5. Add the lager and crumbled stock cube to the pan

  6. Increase the heat until it reaches a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer

  7. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.

  8. Add sweet potato and transfer to a casserole dish.

  9. Sprinkle chorizo on top.

  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes on 180 degrees.

And there you have it, the ultimate combination of chicken and beer. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Low Syn Essentials - BBQ Special - June 2019

As the weather is starting to pick up (finally!) I’m hoping to host a barbeque at some point, there is absolutely no better smell in the world than a burger on the grill! So I’ve been keeping an eye out for low-syn BBQ sausages, burgers and all the other bits and bobs that come with it to keep the syns as low as I can. Luckily, most of the supermarkets are well stocked for BBQ season and there is no shortage of options. Find below a list of slimming world friendly BBQ options from local supermarkets.

 

The Mains

It’s always an option to make your own syn free burgers, but if you are looking to save time or have a break from the usual beef burger, why not try these Venison Burgers from Morrisons for 3 syns each. Venison is deer meat, which is beautifully tender and juicy. These are quarter pounders, so they are a decent size and will set you back just 3 syns.

Not a fan of red meat? For a different vibe altogether, why not go for Morrisons Chicken and Spanish Chorizo Kebabs, just a half of a syn each!

And who can forget the veggies. Linda McCartney is representing you with these pulled “pork” quarter pounders, also just 1 syn each. These can be found in Tesco, Sainsburys or Ocado.

The Booze

On offer at B&M at the moment is a treat for us Winos. The B by Black Tower range offer both a while wine and rose wine option, , at 5.5% alcohol is just 3 syns per glass - going a lot further than the average bottle of wine or Rosé!

If you are more into the fizzy stuff, check out my recent review of the B Secco Range, a sparkling wine range which also 3 syns a glass - you can read all about it here!

B by Black Tower White and Rosé

B by Black Tower White and Rosé

The Garnishes

If you haven’t tried Halloumi (or Squeaky Cheese as I like to call it) you really need to give it a go. It’s honestly one of my favourite foods. Since this particular version by Sainbury’s is lighter - it will give you the most for your healthy extra A choice - 50g in fact. Slice it, whack it on the BBQ for a few mins each side or just dry fry in a pan. A slice of this on top of a burger would be a dream, but it it can also be enjoyed in little taster cubes or as a kebab.

This Skinny Coronation Potato Salad from Marks and Spencers is possibly the lowest-syn potato salad I’ve come across at just 3 syns for the pack. There is a subtle fruity twang to this one, the perfect compliment to a burger or chicken, or whatever BBQ dish you’re having.

If you’re into the classics, Iceland offer one of the lowest syn coleslaws - their reduced fat Coleslaw is just 3 syns per 100g and is well rated.

The Buns

Some would argue that every burger needs a bun, and if you’re not willing to go without, a standard burger bun can set you back up to 8 syns. Save a couple of syns by going with Aldi’s Ballymore Crust Thins - the white ones are 5 syns while the seeded ones are 6. Even better, use your healthy B choice for a Schar white ciabatta roll. These are Gluten Free and one roll counts as a healthy B. Available in Tesco, Asda and online.

The Desserts

You’re going to need something to cool you down after all of that. So dessert is ice lollies or ice creams.

Halo Top is a high-protein low calorie ice cream for just 4.5 syns a pop, you can find these in Birthday Cake pops in Tesco - plenty of other flavours to choose from too. Or for something a bit more fruity, you can’t go wrong with a Fruit Pastille Lolly for just 2.5 syns, found in most local shops. Lastly, for a bit of a combo, these fab minis are also just 2.5 syns each - spotted in Tesco and Asda.

So there you have it, some low syn barbecue finds to keep you satisfied throughout the summer. This weekend is set to be a scorcher, so enjoy!

Have you tried any of the above low-syn supermarket finds or come across something new and interesting that you fellow slimmers can enjoy? Let us know in the comments below! 

Remember, we have curated slimming world shopping lists for all of the supermarkets mentioned here and more. You can view these here