Fried rice with chicken kebabs is one of those dishes that makes us dream of a family holiday to the Far East. One day we’ll do it, so we just get in the mood once in a while with a typical Asian dish like this one. The kids love it and the day we do get to go, chances are we will find something similar on the menus of most restaurants will visit, this will definitely be familiar to them!
What you’ll find here is our own version of a Nasi Goreng or Indonesian fried rice. We use the spices we usually have in our own kitchen, so not all the exotic spices and ingredients that appear in the authentic recipe are in there. Maybe we’ll do that one day, but for now, this is a great and fairly easy recipe with no need for special shopping trips to China town.
The kids love the chicken kebab and it is much easier to make than you would think. Just think ahead so you can leave the chicken in the marinade for a few hours for maximal flavouring!
Ingredients: (for 2 adults and 3 young kids)
- Prepare the marinade first, by simply mixing all the ingredients together.
- Cut the chicken fillets into rectangular strips and bring them into the marinade.
- Preferably leave the chicken pieces in the marinade for 3 or 4 hours, in the fridge. If you have only half an hour, that works as well, but the flavours of the marinade won’t have gone into the meat as much, you will have just the edges that get the flavouring.
- Put the kebab sticks in water before you use them, they should soak for at least 20 minutes. That prevents them from burning, when you cook them.
- When the chicken meat has been in the marinade for long enough, you can start sticker them on the kebab sticks. Try to tack them on the sticks like an accordion. Try to prick to the strips three times, prick, fold it bak, prick again, fold bak again and prick one last time. This way you get fairly thin kebabs which are easier to grill and easier for the kids to eat.
- You can grilling the kebabs until the end because they cook really quickly.
The fried rice
Nearly ready: everything in the oven
Fried Rice with Chicken Kebab
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- 4 chicken breasts (average size)
- 10 kebab sticks
- For the marinade
- 125 ml soy sauce
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- pinch ground ginger or 1 slice fresh ginger
- For the fried rice with vegetables
- 150 grams of peas
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 red pepper
- 2 spring onions
- 1 broccoli
- 1.5 cup of long grained rice
- 2 eggs
- Start by cooking the rice. Frying rice is the easiest with rice that has cooled down first, it becomes less sticky that way. Make sure you definitely don't overcook the rice to prevent sticking.
- Prepare the vegetables: Peel and crush the garlic cloves. Cut the spring onion and the red pepper in to small pieces. Cook the peas in the microwave. Steam the broccoli.
- Put your wok on the fire and heat some oil (coconut oil, or rapeseed oil work best, but olive oil would work as well). First stir fry the red pepper and the garlic cloves, when the pepper starts to soften (about 3 minutes), add the spring onion and keep stirring for another 2 minutes. Then add the peas, fry a bit further and stir really well.
- Now add the rice, add some extra oil and stir really well, try not to make the rice stick to the pan.
- Make a little hole in the middle and break the eggs into the hole and stir the eggs, like you would for scrambled eggs. As the eggs start to be cooked mix the eggs with the rice. Keep cooking until you are sure the eggs are cooked through as well.
- For some extra flavour I usually add some soy sauce and sesame oil to the rice and mix it under the rice.
- Wash the broccoli and cut into florets.
- Steam the broccoli florets for about 10 minutes or until soft enough but still slightly crunchy. You don't want to overcook them, but soft enough to be able to bite through for everybody. You don't want them to fall apart as soon as you stick a fork in.
- When the rice and the broccoli are ready, bring the rice in an oven dish, and arrange the broccoli florets on top. Spray some oil over the broccoli and put your dish in the oven (180 ºC) while you grill the chicken kebabs. This will keep everything nice and warm and gives an extra flavour to the broccoli as well.
- To grill the kebabs, place the kebabs under the preheated grill and turn them every so soften. They only need a few minutes under a good grill. If you haven't got a grill, you can also simply cook them in them in the oven, that will take a bit longer, but the thin kebabs shouldn't need more than 15 minutes on 200ºC.
from More Than Just Carrots