skinnymixer's Lunchbox Chicken Loaf

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skinnymixer's Lunchbox Chicken Loaf

Recently, there has been a lot of attention on deli meats & chicken loaf and what the hidden ingredients could be doing to our health long term. These media spots are really good at scaring us, but when it comes time to packing lunchboxes with a busy lifestyle – sometimes its just easier to grab deli meat… until now.

This Thermomix recipe is super easy to make, extremely delicious and better yet: preservative, additive, nut, gluten, dairy, egg, grain and refined sugar free!

It’s also budget friendly, where you will pay $18 kg from the supermarket, this should cost you around $8-$15 a kg depending on if you use free range chicken. Provided you can convince your family to give it a go, I think they will find it just as yummy as the store bought stuff.

Love Nik xx

If you need help with how to roll the loaf, have a look at this video: http://youtu.be/s1FNe9iYRUM

Inspired by http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2015/08/05/homemade-lunch-meat-recipe/

The Skinnymixers Facebook Group absolutely loved the new ‘Back-to-School’ Lunchbox Chicken Loaf. With no preservatives and complete control over the ingredients, this recipe is popular with young and old. See the Lunchbox Chicken Loaf Recipe here.

The below flavour variations have been suggested by the Skinnymixers Community and haven’t been officially tested.

  • Red Pesto
  • Butter Chicken
  • bacon
  • turkey with finely chopped pistachios & dried cranberries
  • chilli, garlic
  • Chicken Teriyaki Burger Patties flavour
  • Roll the outside in dried herbs like Rosemary
  • Rolled in Smokey BBQ Rib Rub
  • Za’atar Chicken
  • Tandoori Chicken
  • Thai Green Chicken Curry Paste
  • Curry Mee Laksa Paste
  • Satay Chicken Marinade
  • Left out the maple & throw in a whole chipotle in adobo, added a tsp of the adobo sauce, half a char grilled capsicum & a handful of chopped coriander.
  • Smooth out to a rectangle, place prosciutto and basil leaves the using the plastic wrap roll upon itself leaving one edge free from filling to enclose. Roll log as per usual. You can also add semi dried tomatoes (squeeze to drain oil and excess liquids) or roasted capsicum (red peppers).
  • sweet chilli sauce instead of maple
  • wholegrain mustard and honey instead of maple

Skinnymixers Chicken Loaf

skinnymixer's Lunchbox Loaf

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time37 mins
Author: Skinnymixers
Recipe type: lunchbox
Cuisine: Healthy
Servings: 21


  • 500 g chicken breast cubed small
  • 10 g olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder if you can't have it, dont use it!
  • 1 tsp paprika if you can't have it, dont use it!
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp maple syrup optional, or other liquid sweetener
  • 2 large pieces of BPA free gladwrap


  • Add all ingredients to mixer bowl, blend for 1 min 30 sec/speed 5/MC on.
  • Scrape mixture out onto piece of gladwrap. Twist the ends and roll tight, squeezing as much air out as possible. Wrap securely with second piece of gladwrap. If you need to see a visual guide watch: http://youtu.be/s1FNe9iYRUM.
  • Wash bowl roughly and add 1000 g or 35.2 oz water. Put your deep steaming tray in place and put chicken roll inside. Steam for 35 min/steaming temp/speed 3. Internal temperature should reach 74°C or 165°F for doneness.
  • Allow the roll to rest for 10 mins before refrigerating for atleast 2 hours. Unwrap and slice as needed. Keeps for 3-4 days in an airtight container in the fridge and can be sliced and frozen.


If you dont want to steam in plastic, you can use baking paper, cheesecloth and string.
Feel free to experiment with different meats and flavourings.
Tried this recipe?Mention @skinnymixer or tag #skinnymixers!
Nutrition Facts
skinnymixer's Lunchbox Loaf
Amount Per Serving (20 g)
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 8
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.9g1%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Sodium 98mg4%
Carbohydrates 0.3g0%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 5.3g11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Hi Nic. This may be a bit of a stupid question but I have made 2 rolls which are in the varoma as I type. I’m wondering if I will need to cook for a little longer than the 35 min recommended? Thank you in advance! Cx
    Ps. The mix smelt delish so I’m hoping the kids enjoy! Trying to buy less processed meat for school lunches so this is great thanks!

  2. Added half a tub of basil, parmasen, cashew dip (woolies and aldi stock it) to the mix. Used less oil as the dip is oily itself. Had on a toastie with aoli ajd cheese. Heaven ☺

  3. I made this yesterday and just had some for lunch with lettuce, mayo and an avo on bread roll. Was totally fab. Forget the kids, I think it will be gone by tomorrow !! LOL

  4. Thank you I have it in the fridge cooling at the moment. Do you have one for devon by any chance?
    Thank you again as my children love chicken loaf.

  5. Nik!! You’re a legend!! That was soooooooo easy to make… I made it this afternoon whilst getting kids organised for their karate lessons… And when we came home it was all ready to slice up! Oooooooooh. Lala!! My 11year old son had 3 slices and wanted more! And hubby was impressed! It tastes AWESOME!! Will be regularly made here!!! Xxx

  6. Mine is cooking as I type this 😀
    Though reading these comments about the plastic in now concerned, I didn’t have any bpa free cling wrap
    So I just used normal one I had in drawer… Will it be ok to eat still??

      1. I wrapped mine in baking paper then put a baby muslin cloth around it, I think a tea towel would work though! My mum said in the old days she used to use thin cloth nappies to steam stuff (the safety pin version, not an MCN 😉

        I am fantasising about doing this with turkey

          1. Hi, how did you use the nutmilk bag? Did u wrap it in baking paper first and then nutmilk? Would really like to know. Thanks

  7. 1 made two of the loaves and turned one batch into meat balls by coating in rice crumbs…..each batch was as juicy and tasty as the next. I will make with spaghetti herbs and cook in a tomato base next time I make them

  8. My only complaint is it disappears too quickly! This will definitely be a regular addition to our lunch menu 🙂 Thanks Nik xx

    1. I agree!! I have 2 daughters that are pregnant and can’t have deli (processed) meat, so they are begging me for this every couple of days.

  9. Didn’t like this at all. Had a taste and hubby and son both tasted it and wouldn’t eat it. Won’t be making this again. It also had a strange texture!

  10. Currently in steaming as I type … I hope my fussy miss 3 takes better to this otherwise I don’t know what I’m gonna try …. Cheesy pumpkin puffs was a no, Macaroni with a twist was a no …. Arrghhh 😩

  11. Omg….. This is amazing. I added a little thyme to mine and everyone loved it. Thank you for yet another amazing receipe… You truely are genius…

  12. It’s not safe to cook in glad wrap. It’s microwave safe yes, but not supposed to touch the food!

    And it’s not just BPA in it that’s the issue …

    At one time, plastic wrap (the generic term for thin-film polymers used to protect refrigerated food) was made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) containing phthalates, chemicals called plasticizers used to increase flexibility. Phthalates are toxic because they disrupt hormones, and these compounds can leach into food wrapped in plastics made with them. But as of 2006, almost all plastic wraps made are phthalate-free. Unfortunately, most are now made with low-density polyethylene (LDPE) or polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC). (The exceptions are wraps used in catering and professional kitchens.) LDPE and PVDC don’t adhere as well as plastic wraps made with PVC, but more worrying is the fact that LDPE may contain diethylhexyl adipate (DEHA), another potential endocrine disruptor that has been linked to breast cancer in women and low sperm counts in men. Since manufacturers aren’t required to list the actual chemical makeup of their plastic wrap on the boxes, consumers are at risk.

    1. I have it has turned out good, nxt time i will be making a beef mince one also pork mince, not sure about spices though. I did use plastic wrap but altho it came out good i worry about the chemicals in it so will use cheesecloth.

  13. This recipe is so easy it isn’t funny! Very versatile. I added diced capsicum and used a mix of seasonings I had on hand. Sliced beautifully!

  14. This is so yummy! I left out the sweetener and used smoked paprika. My 3 year old can’t get enough of it! Looking forward to trying some variations!
    Thanks Nik!!!

  15. “WOW”made this this morning. It was so easy and tasted great sliced it in my V slicer and have frozen in sandwich size serves
    Roll on sandwich time 😍💕

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