I’ve never been to Asia, but having moved to London about 18 months ago I’ve been exposed to Nasi Goreng and Chicken Pad Thai and both dishes have become a firm favourite. So whilst I can’t vouch for this dishes authenticity, it is delicious!
This recipe is from my friend Emma. It is really simple to make, utalises simple store cupboard ingredients and is a real crowd pleaser. If you like the flavour of peanuts, soy and lime these dishes are for you. If you don’t like coriander you can easily leave it out.
The left overs (if you have any) also make a great lunch!
Emma’s Nasi Goreng
Yield 4-6 portions
- 300g of long grain or basmati rice
- 2 chicken breasts (diced)
- 3 red peppers, diced
- 3 large eggs
- 50g of roasted peanuts
- 1 broccoli, cut into small pieces
- 5 spring onions
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- 1.5 tbsp curry powder
- 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 4 tbsp corriander
- 1 lime
- To serve: chopped coriander and a wedge of lime
- Cook the rice whilst you get everything else ready.
- Get two frying pans ready.
- In one heat some oil and cook the broccoli and pepper over a medium heat for 10 mins until soft.
- Lower the heat and add the garlic and the curry powder. Cook for another 10mins stirring every few mins (add some more oil to the pan and tun down the heat if things start to get sticky)
- In the other pan cook the chicken. I like to use the Brothers Green Eats method for cooking chicken.
- Bring the chicken to room temperature, use kitchen towels to pat the chicken dry.
- Add some oil to the second pan and heat.
- Butterfly the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken onto the pan and cook (don't touch it) until you see it is almost cooked through. Turn over and cook for a little longer.
- Remove the chicken from the pan and let the meat rest in some tin foil (this makes the chicken juicy) after 5mins cut the chicken into strips.
- Add the rice, chicken and spring onions into the broccoli and pepper mix and cook for 5 mins until hot.
- Stir in the soy sauce.
- Push the rice to one side, crack the eggs and lightly scramble them
- Mix the eggs into the rice and top with peanuts, coriander and a bit of extra soy sauce to taste.
- Don't forget to add a squeeze the lime just before eating
To make this into a veggie dish substitute the chicken for lots of mushrooms. I like the oriental type for this dish. Add them to the pan along with the peppers and broccoli.