Serves 4

  • 4 free-range chicken breasts, cut into 1cm strips
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 200g baby spinach leaves
  • 1 avocado, peeled, stoned and sliced

For the dressing

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  1. Season the chicken strips with salt and pepper.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a bowl and scatter the sesame seeds over a large plate. Brush the chicken strips with the olive oil and then roll in the sesame seeds to coat on both sides. Place the chicken on a sheet of baking parchment on a plate and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Whisk the dressing ingredients together, season to taste and set aside.
  4. Arrange the spinach leaves and avocado slices in a large bowl.
  5. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. When it is hot, add the remaining olive oil and then the sesame chicken strips. Fry the chicken until golden on one side before turning and cooking until golden on the other side.
  6. As soon as the chicken is ready, add it to the spinach and avocado, drizzle over the dressing, toss to combine and serve.

*top tip – avocados are full of fibre, vitamin K, folate, potassium and vitamin B6, as well as healthy monounsaturated fat. Teamed with nutrient-rich spinach and deliciously crunchy chicken for protein, they make a great salad.

Clean & Lean Pregnancy Guide by James Duigan, published by Kyle Books, priced: £12.99. Photography: Sebastian Roos and Charlie Richards.





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Extracts from James Duigan's Clean & Lean Pregnancy Guide - the healthy way to exercise and eat before, during and after pregnancy. About James Duigan: James has been transforming bodies and changing lives around the world with incredible success over the last ten years. James' rounded approach has taken him from a personal trainer to a globally respected health & wellbeing expert. He has crafted some of the world's most famous bodies and his attitude and expertise has placed him in high demand on both sides of the Atlantic, from Hollywood to Kensington High street. As creator of the Bodyism system and bestselling author of “The Clean and Lean diet” book series James is uniquely placed to help you look and feel better than you ever have before. James' interest in ‘total wellbeing' is the reason he has developed long term partnerships and received glowing endorsements from globally renowned celebrities like Elle Macpherson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Hugh Grant. “Bodyism is a centre of excellence that delivers cutting edge nutritional, movement and supplement protocols to achieve long, lean, athletic bodies for all of our clients.”

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