Dinner: Tuck into these low-cal feasts, and you'll forget you're even on a diet! 250 calories & under. This healthy, quick and easy recipe is featured in the dinner section of the new 5:2 Starter's Guide to The 2-Day Diet. The book provides a selection of over 100 tasty recipes to help you meet the daily 500 calorie allotment for the 2 days of intermittent fasting, as required by the 5:2 Diet.
3 tbsp. dark soy sauce
2 tbsp. mirin
2 tbsp. cooking sake or Chinese rice wine
1 tbsp. dark brown sugar
8 oz. free-range chicken breasts
4 trimmed scallions, cut into 1-inch lengths
4 small, soaked wooden bamboo or metal skewers
1 tsp. sesame seeds
How to Make It
In a small saucepan, add soy sauce, mirin, rice wine, and sugar. Over low heat, stir until sugar dissolves. Increase heat, and simmer 6-7 minutes to thicken. Remove from heat. Set aside.
Cut the chicken into small, bite-size pieces, and place in a dish with 2/3 cup of sauce. Coat chicken, and set aside to marinate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Thread marinated chicken and the scallions onto skewers. Arrange skewers on parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until browned, sticky, and cooked through.
Meanwhile, use a spiralizer or vegetable peeler to transform cucumber into long, thin ribbons. Arrange on serving plates.
Place chicken on top of cucumber noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds.
Smart tip: Some stores now stock bottles of yakitori sauce. So if you're short of time, just replace this homemade sauce with 3 tbsp store-bought yakitori sauce instead (20 cals per tbsp.).
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