Thursday, 30 March 2017

Panang chicken stir-fry.

BBC Food - Recipes - Panang chicken stir-fry:
By Mary Berry.
Spice up your rice with Mary's chicken stir-fry, perfect for a midweek meal.
225g long-grain rice
2 tbsp olive oil
2 chicken breasts, very thinly sliced into strips
1 tbsp clear honey
1 onion, chopped
1 medium courgette, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
2cm piece fresh root ginger, finely grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp medium curry powder
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
½ lime, juice only
4 lime wedges
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and cook the rice according to packet instructions (about 10–12 minutes).
Drain well, rinse and set aside to cool completely.

When the rice is cool, heat the oil in a frying pan, season the chicken strips with salt and pepper and add to the pan.
Drizzle with the honey and fry quickly over a high heat for a few minutes until golden and just cooked.
Remove from the pan and set aside.
Add the onions, courgette, pepper and celery to the pan.
Fry for 4–5 minutes, stirring.
Stir in the ginger, garlic and curry powder and fry for another minute.
Add the rice, soy sauce, chilli sauce and lime juice.
Toss together and season with little salt and pepper.
Return the chicken to the pan.
Spoon into hot bowls and serve with the lime wedges.

Recipe Tips
- For the best result, make sure the rice is cooked and cooled beforehand so it won't stick together when frying.
- The rice can be cooked up to 6 hours ahead and stored in the fridge.
- Soy sauce can be a little salty so go easy with extra seasoning.
- Homemade curry powder:
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 dessertspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne/ chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients.
Process to a fine powder.
Store in an airtight container.
When grinding your own spices the flavours are enhanced by briefly "toasting" them first.
That is, heating them over the stove in a dry skillet until they begin to brown and their rich aroma begins to be released (but don't overdo it!).
Makes grinding them easier too.
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