Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spicy chilli basil chicken

Another tasty but simple Thai dish - this is a 'go-to' dish all over Thailand for lunch, it's usually served on white rice and topped with a fried egg. 

Chicken diced into small pieces
Green beans diced into small pieces
4 crushed garlic cloves
1 white/yellow onion
6 birds eye chillis de-seeded and finely chopped
Handful of basil leaves (can be Thai holy basil or regular basil)
Soy sauce
Cornflour to thicken

Stir fry garlic, onions and chilli to release the flavour. Fry until the onions are translucent. Add chicken and green beans and stir fry until cooked.

Add 6 dessertspoons of soy sauce, 1.5 - 2 teaspoons of sugar and as much water as you need for it to taste ok to you. Thicken with a little cornflour mixed with water and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add the basil leaves and cook for a further 2-4 minutes until basil leaves are wilted.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sweet and sour chicken

With thanks to Jan on the Yum Asia team for this delicious recipe for a firm favourite dish to be served with rice.

Chicken (or you can use pork, tofu, seafood - whatever takes your fancy)
Chicken stock
Small amount of light soy sauce
Cider vinegar, or a light vinegar
A couple of dessertspoons of tomato ketchup or Sri Racha chilli sauce
Pineapple (if fresh, use one quarter per 2 people)
Tomatoes cubed or quartered
One or two birdseye chilli either fresh or dried (we use two as we like ours spicy)
A clove or two of garlic to your own taste
Spring onions, plus any other veggies you want to use
One white/yellow onion sliced
Brown sugar or honey

Stir fry white/yellow onion with garlic and chilli. When the onion is translucent add the chicken and cook. Once the chicken is sealed, add the vegetables (holding back the spring onion) and stir fry until cooked. Then add the stock, soy sauce, vinegar, tomato ketchup/Sri Racha and brown sugar or honey. Adjust the sauce to your own taste. Thicken with cornflour and add the pineapple and spring onions.
Serve with rice from your Zojirushi rice cooker.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Chicken with cashew nuts

A dish which is very common in Thailand, a delicious and savoury sauce which pairs perfectly with your Zojirushi cooked white rice!

Stir fry cashew nuts to brown them and make them crunchy (you can also bake them in the oven if you prefer) - you don't need to use oil if you don't want to. Set the browned cashews to one side.

Crush two cloves of garlic and deseed one or two birds eye chillis (depending on how hot you like it!). Stir fry this in a pan until the flavours start to release and then add the chicken. Keep oil to the minimum and just add spoonfuls of chicken stock to the pan/wok to stop it from sticking. 

Once the chicken is sealed add peppers, carrots, green beans, baby sweetcorn, mange tout and other veg (we like to add broccoli and cauliflower) you may like and stir fry until cooked. Keep adding bits of chicken stock. 

When cooked, add enough chicken stock to make a sauce into the pan/wok. Season the sauce with quite a generous splash of soya sauce, a dash of black pepper and salt. Add a generous spoon of honey - we also add some Thai sweet chilli sauce at this point too. Taste to see if the seasoning is correct and adjust accordingly. Thicken sauce with cornflour mixed with water. Leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes to develop the flavours - it should be a salty, sweet, spicy mix.

Serve with white rice and then sprinkle a handful of the previously cooked cashew nuts over the top of each person's serving and mix in. If you prefer a vegetarian version substitute chicken stock for vegetable stock and replace the chicken pieces with tofu pieces.