Hunters Chicken

  • 10MINS
  • 3HR
  • 314KCAL

Our twist on a popular family favourite, Hunters Chicken is perfect for people counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories314
  • Carbs10g
  • Protein42g
  • Fat3g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars6g

Hunters Chicken - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb! 

When you visit any chain restaurant or diner, you’ll usually find a variation on Hunters Chicken on the menu. They’re normally packed with calories and swimming in oil, so we’ve created a guilt free version!

We don’t know about you, but we LOVE cheese: any type, colour or strength, we enjoy them all. This recipe makes cheese the star of the show as it bubbles away on top of a rich, smoky sauce. In fact, our Hunters Chicken is so good we’re confident it will become a family favourite in no time.

There are a couple of ways of cooking Hunters Chicken to perfection; you can even prep it and pop in the slow cooker so you can get on with your day and return home to a mouth watering aroma filling the kitchen. Now that’s the kind of recipe we love!

What diet is this Hunters Chicken suitable for?

This Hunters Chicken recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free, as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Worcestershire Sauce

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Hunters Chicken recipe?

  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Hunters Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Hunters Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Hunters Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients or equipment to make Hunters Chicken?

As you know we like to make things easy, so you should have pretty much all of the ingredients in the cupboard already.

Franks Buffalo Wings Hot Sauce is one of our favourites as it’s smoky and delicious, and available in the spice aisle of most supermarkets but you can substitute it for any hot sauce, Tabasco or a pinch of chilli powder if you can’t find it.

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You can pick up a slow cooker like this one from Amazon.

We use a stick blender like this to make the BBQ sauce, because they are so easy to use and (just as importantly) so easy to clean.

If you’re anything like us you’ll always have a pack of cocktails sticks lurking at the back of the cupboard, usually leftover from Christmas.

But if not you can pick some up from any supermarket or from Amazon.

How many calories are in this Hunters Chicken?

There are 314 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Hunters Chicken recipe. This means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Hunters Chicken is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Slow cooker method

Step 1

Take each chicken breast, wrap a bacon medallion around the middle and secure it with a cocktail stick.

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Step 2

Set the chicken aside, then add all of the remaining ingredients into the slow cooker and stir well.

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Step 3

Place the chicken on top and replace the lid. Cook on high for 2.5 – 3 hours (or low if you’re leaving it on all day).

Step 4

When the time is up check that the chicken is cooked. Remove it from the slow cooker and set aside.

Step 5

Blitz the sauce with a stick blender until smooth.

Step 6

Place the cooked chicken in an ovenproof dish and remove the cocktail sticks.

Step 7

Pour the sauce over the chicken breasts and top with cheese. Divide the cheese equally between all for chicken breasts.

Step 8

Place under a hot grill until the cheese is melted and a nice golden colour.

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Oven method

Step 1

Take each chicken breast, wrap a bacon medallion around the middle and secure it with a cocktail stick.

Step 2

Set the chicken aside, then add all of the remaining ingredients into an oven-proof dish with a tight fitting lid.

Step 3

Place the chicken on top and replace the lid. Cook for 1 hour at 180°C.

Step 4

When the time is up check that the chicken is cooked. Remove it from the dish and set aside.

Step 5

Blitz the sauce with a stick blender until smooth.

Step 6

Place the cooked chicken in an ovenproof dish and remove the cocktail sticks.

Step 7

Pour the sauce over the chicken breasts and top with cheese. Divide the cheese equally between all for chicken breasts.

Step 8

Place under a hot grill until the cheese is melted and a nice golden colour.

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Any of the following go really well with Hunters Chicken. It’s one of those dishes that goes with pretty much anything.

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How do you know when this Hunters Chicken is cooked?

As with all chicken dishes, it will be cooked when the juices run clear after pricking the chicken with a fork.

This should take approx 1 hour in the oven, and 3 hours in the slow cooker.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Hunters Chicken in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate them straight away, in a container with a lid.  You can keep leftovers of Hunters Chicken in the fridge for approximately 2 or 3 days.

Can I freeze Hunters Chicken?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! Unless you fancy mystery food for dinner haha.

How do I reheat Hunters Chicken?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Hunters Chicken

A cheesy BBQ favourite, Hunters Chicken is perfect for people counting calories or following a diet plan like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    3 HR
  • KCals 314
  • Carbs 10G
WW Points
  • 5 Green
  • 4 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts approx 150g each
  • 4 bacon medallions
  • 80 g reduced fat Cheddar
  • ½ onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 400 g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • ½ lemon juice only
  • 1 tbsp pre-mixed BBQ seasoning
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika you can use chilli powder or normal paprika if you don't have this
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Franks Buffalo Wings Hot Sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp granulated sweetener

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Instructions

Slow Cooker Method
  1. Take each chicken breast, wrap a bacon medallion around the middle and secure it with a cocktail stick
  2. Set the chicken aside, then add all of the remaining ingredients into the slow cooker and stir well
  3. Place the chicken on top and replace the lid. Cook on high for 2.5 - 3 hours (or low if you're leaving it on all day)
  4. When the time is up check that the chicken is cooked. Remove it from the slow cooker and set aside
  5. Blitz the sauce with a stick blender until smooth
  6. Place the cooked chicken in an ovenproof dish and remove the cocktail sticks
  7. Pour the sauce over the chicken breasts and top with cheese. Divide the cheese equally between all for chicken breasts
  8. Place under a hot grill until the cheese is melted and a nice golden colour
Oven Method
  1. Take each chicken breast, wrap a bacon medallion around the middle and secure it with a cocktail stick
  2. Set the chicken aside, then add all of the remaining ingredients into an oven-proof dish with a tight fitting lid
  3. Place the chicken on top and replace the lid. Cook for 1 hour at 180°C
  4. When the time is up check that the chicken is cooked. Remove it from the dish and set aside
  5. Blitz the sauce with a stick blender until smooth
  6. Place the cooked chicken in an ovenproof dish and remove the cocktail sticks
  7. Pour the sauce over the chicken breasts and top with cheese. Divide the cheese equally between all for chicken breasts
  8. Place under a hot grill until the cheese is melted and a nice golden colour

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JoFriday 15th May 2020

What is pre mixed bbq seasoning please

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    Holly LevellMonday 18th May 2020

    Hi Jo, BBQ seasoning is a pre mixed spice blend. You will find it with the rest of the spices in the supermarket. Hope that helps!

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AmyThursday 27th February 2020

Is this better in the oven or slow cooker

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    LisaFriday 22nd May 2020

    Hi Amy. This recipe works well in both the oven and the slow cooker. It’s personal preference really. Hope you enjoy it.

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Jill BlairMonday 6th January 2020

Absolutely delicious, I doubled the smoked paprika because I know I like it really barbecuey 🙂 Such a fab easy recipe, this will definitely be a firm favourite.

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    Holly LevellFriday 15th May 2020

    Hi Jill, thanks for your comment and so glad you enjoyed the Hunters Chicken!

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Lee McleanFriday 19th July 2019

Made it to night for dinner. My wife thought i got the sauce from the shop lol. The book is awesome. All my family truly loved it!

Lee

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    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Lee, thanks for your great comment, it’s lovely to hear that your family all loved the Hunters Chicken.

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