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There is nothing traditional (or healthy) in a spice bag, but we can't help but love them. Along with pizza and burgers, this tasty dish is among our favourite takeaway options.

With his book Fakeaway, Chef Adrian shares his own version of some takeaway classic so we can enjoy them without the guilt. 

Chef Adrian's version of the spice bag uncovers the whole truth about what goes in this dish – but it's much healthier than the original…

THE SPICE BAG

"The latest trendy thing to eat across Ireland is the spice bag. It’s sold in Chinese takeaways, but was invented in Ireland. With this dish, it’s all about the spice mixture. Here’s my version."

Serves 2

  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into small strips
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Sliced red and green chilli (optional)
  • For the chips
  • 4 medium-sized Maris Piper potatoes, washed
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

For the spice

  • 2 good pinches of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  •   ½ teaspoon chilli powder

1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas mark 6.

2. To make the chips, slice the potatoes to whatever thickness you like. Sprinkle with the chopped rosemary and sliced onion, coat with the coconut oil and bake for 35–40 minutes. Make sure you mix all the ingredients with your hands before cooking. If your tray isn’t non-stick, use some greaseproof or parchment paper.

3. To prepare the chicken, place the strips into the beaten egg. In a separate bowl mix the cumin and ground almonds, then place the chicken strips into the mixture, ensuring they are fully coated. If you find they aren’t fully coated, go back and dip into the egg and then back into the ground almond mix once more. 

4. Place the chicken onto a baking tray, put it in the oven and bake for 20–30 minutes.

5. Mix the spices together in a small bowl. Once cooked, combine the chicken and chips and then from a height sprinkle the spice mix over them, making sure to coat both the chicken and chips.

6. I recommend serving this in a bag or wrapped up in some newspaper, with a sprinkling of red and green sliced chilli.

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Spice bag speed dating. Something we thought we'd never say, but by God, it's a good idea.

The fab people of DCU's Science and Health society have set up the event which mixes "the spice and the shift."

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The event is taking place in The Slipper (best place ever) just across the road from DCU campus on November 2.

DCU's Science and Health member Maddy Nelson told Goss: "We are always brainstorming ideas for new and fun events to put on for our members.

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"We're big enthusiasts of both the spice and the shift and thought the two in combination would be the best thing DCU has seen!"

Two spice bag vouchers will also be given out to the couple who kiss first on the night (and we're not talking about a peck on the cheek).

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Tickets are on sale in The Hub and are €5.

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The 'spice bag' has gained major popularity in the past year or so. So much popularity in fact, that is has its own Facebook appreciation page for all the devotees in Ireland.

And now, Spice Bag Social has announced that they're planning a 'spice bag party' and tickets for the early bird are already gone.

The FB page promises to hold “a series of events which endeavour to bring Ireland’s flourishing Spice Bag community together, in harmony”. Nice one.

The first spice bag event is being held on May 7:

The price of admission includes a delightful spice bag and a free drink so you can chomp away to hours of good music in a secret location in Dublin.

You can buy a ticket here, but be quick – they could be gone in the same amount of time you eat a spice bag after a trip to Coppers (and that's fast). 

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