Honey-Soy Chicken Wings

Honey, soy sauce, and lemon are a great combination. These three ingredients (with the help of some seasoning, of course) can be used to liven up some chicken wings! For this recipe, I left the chicken wings whole, but feel free to break them down into wingette, drumette, and wing tip. If you don’t have a use for the wing tip, make a nice chicken stock with them instead.


Yields 10-12 whole wings

120 kcal per wing


  • 1kg chicken wings
  • 8 tsp soy sauce
  • 5 tsp honey
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp ground garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp 5 spice
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan)/ gas mark 4.
  2. In bowl, mix together the soy sauce, honey, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, all-purpose seasoning, 5 spice, and chilli flakes.
  3. Dip each wing into the marinade and place onto a tray. There should be around half the marinade left over; save this for later.
  4. Place the lightly marinaded chicken wings into the oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Take out the chicken wings and layer with with more of the marinade using a spoon or pastry brush. Flip the chicken wings, layer again, and place back into the oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Repeat step 5.
  7. The chicken wings should now be a glistening golden brown and ready to eat.

 Tip: If you want less work cleaning the tray, line it with 2 layers of foil before placing the wings on to cook.

Hoisin Turkey with Rice

Perfect for a mid-week dinner where little effort is needed. This dish can be made with turkey or chicken. Thigh meat is dark and more flavoursome than white breast meat, however, it has slightly more calories and fat. I prefer to use turkey thigh fillets as it fairs well as a low fat source of protein, similar to chicken breast. On top of that, the flavour of dark meat is still there, and it’s cheaper.

Hoisin Turkey

Serves 3

400 kcal per serving


  • 500g boneless & skinless turkey thigh fillets, diced
  • 180g of rice (Basmati or long grain)
  • 100g green beans, halved
  • 1/2 courgette, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp 5 spice
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes


  1. Wash rice thoroughly (at least 3 times), and cook using packet instructions.
  2. In a pan, heat the oil on a medium-high heat, then fry the turkey until browned.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger, 5 spice, and chilli flakes. Stir so that the turkey is combined with the the seasonings.
  4. Add the chopped courgette, red bell pepper, and green beans to the pan and stir. Sauté for 3 minutes.
  5. Lower the heat, and add the soy sauce and hoisin sauce. Stir and leave to simmer for 10 minutes.Check for seasoning and adjust to your taste.
  6. Serve with the rice.


Easy French Toast

A brunch-time favourite! This French toast recipe includes cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla for added flavour. This tastes great with a little maple syrup, Nutella, and berries.

Serves 2

280 kcal per serving


  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml of milk
  • Butter
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 4 slices of bread
  • Syrup (Maple, golden, etc.)


  1. Beat together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.
  2. Dip slice of bread into the mixture, coating both sides.
  3. In a non-stick frying pan/skillet, melt ½ tbsp of butter on a medium heat.
  4. Add slice of bread into the pan and fry until golden brown on both sides. Repeat for each slice of bread.
  5. Serve with your choice of syrup.

Tip: Day old bread will soak up more of the mixture without falling apart.

Welcome to Akua’s Cookbook

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Sarah Akua, and I am a 3rd year Mechanical Engineering student who loves food. Family and friends have enjoyed the food I have cooked for them, so it’s about time I share my recipes with the world. From sweet to savoury, and anything in between- expect a variety of easy and flavourful meals.

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