Sticky Chicken Rice Bowls

Sticky Chicken Rice Bowls

For the rice:

  • 6 spring onions chopped (90g)
  • 1tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 200g Jasmine rice
  • 400ml coconut light milk
  • 200ml water
  • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper

For the dressing:

  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • 1tsp brown rice miso
  • 1tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1tbsp sriracha
  • 1tbsp toasted sesame oil

For the chicken:

  • 2 chicken breasts, skin removed
  • 1tbsp olive oil

To serve:

  • 2tbsp crushed roasted peanuts
  • Handful of coriander/mint
  • 1 spring onion, sliced

It’s National Rice Week (September 11-17) and this ingredient is one of the few foods that can be enjoyed sweet or savoury. This tangy main course from The Rice Association is so full of flavour, and it can be made with fish, tofu or vegetable instead of chicken, if preferred.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10min
Cooking time: 20min

  1. To make the rice, fry the spring onion in a large pan with the oil.
  2. Now add the rice, coconut milk and water.
  3. Stir then cover pan with lid and simmer until the liquid is absorbed (12-14min).
  4. Once the liquid is absorbed, turn off the heat keeping the lid on the rice for 10min.
  5. Season to taste.
  6. For the dressing, add all the ingredients to a jar and mix to combine.
  7. To cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 200°C, Fan Oven 180°C, Gas Mark 4.
  8. Score the chicken breasts and heat the oil in a griddle or frying pan. Cook the chicken for 7-8min on one side, then flip and cook for 4-5min.
  9. Transfer the chicken to a large baking tray and spoon over the dressing.
  10. Bake for 5min until they are bubbling.
  11. To serve, spoon the coconut rice into bowls, top with the chicken and all the garnishes.

Cook’s tip: You can swap the chicken for salmon, tofu or aubergine.

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