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COOKBOOK: Low-Fat & Fabulous (That’s Life Cookbook)

You’ve asked yourself what are gougons?

The word gougon derives from the French word 'Gudgeon' which is the common name for a number of small freshwater fish. However, a gougon is also commonly used to refer to strips of chicken. They say the name originated in Sweden for fried pieces of chicken or fish.

Super easy to make and delicious. These make the perfect serving for the young ones and the older ones will take one or two extras! The tomato salad was the perfect side dish for these chicken beauties and also very easy to make.



Serves 4

Olive oil for shallow frying

600g chicken tenderloins

2 cups of sourdough breadcrumbs or make your own with stale bread

1/4 cup plain flour

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons of milk

1/2 cup shredded fresh basil

1 lemon, zest grated Salt & pepper


400g cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large red onion, peeled and diced

1 continental cucumber, peeled and sliced in half lengthways and sliced

Salt & Pepper

1 tablespoon of Italian dry herbs

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

NOTE: If you are making your own breadcrumbs with stale bread, slice and process until it resembles breadcrumbs.

Combine the egg and milk and beat lightly. Combine the breadcrumbs, shredded basil along with the lemon rind & salt and pepper. Place the mixture in a flat surface dish or casserole dish. Dust chicken in flour, then dip in egg and place each piece in the breadcrumbs.

Press down on both sides until each piece is crumbed. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil (or your choice of oil) in a frying pan for shallow frying.

Add the chicken pieces and fry for approx 2-3mins on each side, pressing down lightly with a spatula.

Remove and set aside.


Add the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for a minute, then add the capsicum and fry for another minute. Add salt and pepper. Remove from heat, add the tomatoes and cucumbers, dry herbs and balsamic vinegar and combine well.

Serve chicken gouging with tomato salsa and some greens

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