5 Ingredients with Jamie Oliver

Not everyone is a domestic goddess.

I certainly can’t whip up a three-course meal in an hour like those on Masterchef but I enjoy trying.

I spend time scouring recipes for new tastes to delight my palate and get real satisfaction from plating up a luscious meal. I do however get frustrated when there is an ingredient I have never heard of or am forced to go and spend and fortune to be able to cook the feast.

So you can imagine my delight at discovering Jamie Oliver’s latest recipe book, 5 Ingredients. Not only are most of the items typically in our store cupboards, the ingredients you may have to buy don’t cost the earth. Having a meal which is easy to whip up after a long day in the office or doesn’t require much prep is a godsend.

I understand from research findings that those who eat home-cooked meals tend to be happier and healthier. I guess going to restaurants you never know what the food has been cooked in, I for one don’t like to cook with heaps of butter. The benefits are also extended to mental health which can be increased considerably when you enjoy home-cooked meals with loved ones.

This week I tried four of the recipes in 5 Ingredients, none of them took longer than 40 minutes to prep and cook…that’s a winner in my opinion.

DAY ONE: Sticky Kickin’ Wings

This little beauty takes 6 minutes to prep and only 40 to cook.

You need:

1 tablespoon sesame seeds chicken wings, teriyaki sauce,

4 large chicken wings, teriyaki sauce,

2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

1 fresh red chilli

2 spring onions

After toasting the sesame seeds, remove them onto a plate. Fry the chicken wings until golden on each side, add teriyaki sauce and water. Add the chilli and let the chicken simmer for 35-40 minutes until you have a sticky sauce. Finally, add a splash of red wine vinegar then add the spring onions and sesame seeds to finish.

DAY TWO: Quick Steak Stir Fry

Even better, just 16 minutes to prep and cook.

You need:

4 garlic cloves

4cm piece of ginger


Fillet steaks

2 tablespoons black bean sauce

After adding the garlic and ginger into a cold non-stick frying pan, add one tablespoon of olive oil and put aside. Add the asparagus to the pan, season the steaks and add alongside the asparagus. The recipe suggests cooking for three minutes, cook according to your steak preference.

Add the black bean sauce and one tablespoon of red wine vinegar. Then slice accordingly and transfer onto a plate.

DAY THREE: Egg and Mango Chutney Flatbread

Even less than the last recipe, just 12 minutes!

You need:

4 large eggs

4 heaped tablespoons of natural yoghurt

1 fresh red chilli

2 tablespoons of mango chutney

3 heaped tablespoons of self-raising flour

This was my first time making flatbread, I have to say I am super proud of myself now and don’t think I will be purchasing it again!

Add eggs to a simmering pan of water, boil for five and a half minutes exactly (this timing actually works perfectly) then remove and add cold water then peel.

Making flatbread is easy, mix flour with a pinch of salt to 3 heaped tablespoons of yoghurt (save the final tablespoon for adding to your flatbread later), and a tablespoon of olive oil. Mix until you have created a dough. This will make two flatbreads so roll out and add to a frying pan on medium heat, turning, once golden.

Finally add mango chutney then yoghurt to the cooked flatbreads, add the boiled eggs, cutting them open to allow the yolk to spread, finally add the chilli and season.



DAY FOUR: Creamy Mustard Chicken

Just 20 minutes is all this little bad boy takes.

You need:

Mixed mushrooms

1 red onion

2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard

60ml single cream

2 skinless chicken breasts

Chop a red onion and chicken breasts into strips. On a medium heat add the mushrooms to a dry frying pan, let them become golden then add both onion and chicken to the pan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook for just 5 minutes adding mustard, 150ml of water and cream. Bring to the boil then simmer until the chicken is cooked, adding seasoning.


Who said cooking wasn’t easy! I am excited to try the remaining recipes and have the week planned out. The good thing is that they are healthy, can be adapted for any diets like Slimming World or Weight Watchers and they are a pleasure to eat.

You can buy Jamie’s 5 Ingredients on Amazon here for £10.99.

Happy cooking! Have you tried any of these recipes? I would love to hear about your favourites!

N x

So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.


  1. September 27, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Those chicken wings look unreal!!! Not sure on the chicken with mustard, was it good? xx

    • niccimcshane
      September 27, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      They are super nice the chicken wings! Chicken and mustard was really tasty!!!! I didn’t have it with any rice which I think might make it nicer but it was yummy all the same! xxxx

      • September 27, 2017 / 10:21 pm

        I’ll have to give it a look at!! Im so crap at making rice!! We had to get a rice cooker to help me out!! God my mom will kill me for that hahaha xx

        • niccimcshane
          September 29, 2017 / 3:01 pm

          A rice cooker?! Whaaaaat?! We need to have words. Over whisky and gin of course 😂xxx

          • September 29, 2017 / 10:43 pm

            I cannot believe I have a Ginner in my gang now hahahahah!! Ye a rice cooker, it’s changed my life 🙂 xxx

          • niccimcshane
            September 29, 2017 / 10:43 pm

            Ahaha what’s a ginner?? Xxx

          • September 29, 2017 / 10:44 pm

            A gin drinker 🙂 xx

          • niccimcshane
            September 29, 2017 / 10:46 pm

            Oh!!!!!! Haha durrrr! Xxx

  2. January 2, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    I’m going to try making the creamy mustard chicken for dinner tonight, hope it turns out as well as yours did!

    • niccimcshane
      January 2, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      I’m confident it will!! Post pictures so I can see! It’s a yummy dish!

  3. Anonymous
    January 7, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    Just got this for Christmas so will be lining up some recipes to cook – hope they look and taste as good as yours xx

    • niccimcshane
      January 7, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Ooh I’m so pleased you have it! It’s a fabulous set of recipes! I am sure they will look and taste amazing! Good luck and please feel free to share the pictures! Xxx

  4. J
    February 11, 2018 / 5:07 am

    Jamie’s mustardy mushroom chicken above is legitimately a 9/10 on my cards! Hubby said 7/10, don’t know what he’s talking about! Def try it. I added a couple of teaspoons of honey to sweeten it though.

    • niccimcshane
      February 11, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Haha I agree with your rating! Oh honey is a great idea I’ll try that!

  5. February 12, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    Like the sound of the creamy chicken recipe but can’t stand mushrooms aka fungus. How do you think it would go if I substituted fennel? First time here and liking what I see, 🙂 Thank you.

    • niccimcshane
      February 12, 2018 / 10:36 pm

      Oooh interesting substitution! I don’t cook much with fennel so unsure but I think most vegetables should work! Try it though I’m really keen to hear how it goes! And thank you very much for your kind words it’s much appreciated! 😊

      • March 5, 2018 / 8:58 pm

        The fennel worked very well. I will use this recipe again using the fennel and maybe throw in a few other veg. as well.

        • niccimcshane
          March 5, 2018 / 9:02 pm

          Oh fantastic! I was only thinking of you today and whether you had tried the fennel!!

  6. Parv
    February 24, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    For the wings how much water did you add? It says to “cover them with water, not sure if that means pour enough water so all wings are covered by them.

    • niccimcshane
      February 24, 2018 / 1:57 pm

      Hi there – I didn’t cover them completely maybe just half immersed them.

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