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Thai-style chicken skewers with sesame rice

Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 - 12 minutes

Serve with steamed greens to finish the meal. Make a quick pickle with cucumber to serve with the chicken skewers.

Ingredients

Method

  • Chicken:
  • 12 wooden skewers
  • 550-600g boneless and skinless chicken thighs, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 thin spring onions, trimmed and chopped
  • a handful of coriander leaves, chopped
  • vegetable oil for rubbing
  • Rice:
  • 15g butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white rice, washed (Jasmine rice is good here)
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 thin spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • dash toasted sesame oil
View the method

To make the chicken skewers start by soaking the skewers in cold water.  Place all the ingredients, except the oil, in a food processor and process until the chicken is still a little chunky. 

Divide the mixture into 12 and using wet hands, shape onto each soaked skewer. Rub a little oil over each chicken skewer. Place on a tray, cover and keep in the fridge while you cook the rice. 

To make the rice place a medium saucepan over low heat. Add the butter and oil. As the butter begins to sizzle, add the rice, water and salt. Turn up the heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and place on the lid. Cook rice for 10 minutes, then remove from the heat and leave to sit, covered, for a further 10 minutes. 

Cook the chicken skewers on a large hot plate or in a frying pan over medium heat. Place on the skewers and cook for 10-12 minutes, turning to brown all sides, until the chicken is cooked through. (You may need to cook in 2 batches). 

To serve, add the spring onion, sesame seeds and sesame oil to the rice and using a fork, mix together.  Divide rice between warmed serving plates and top with the chicken skewers.

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