Crispy rice with yellow chicken

Crispy rice with yellow chicken

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  • 1
  • Easy
  • wheat and gluten free
  • 10 minutes, plus 1 hour’s marinating time
  • 40 minutes
  • Woolworths Ken Forrester Viognier

“This is inspired by a crispy rice cake I once made with a quick curry.” – Khanya Mzongwana


  • For the chicken:
  • 400 g free-range skinless deboned chicken thighs
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 x 70 g punnet Woolworths crushed garlic, ginger, chilli and turmeric, punnet
  • 1 t cumin seeds
  • 1 t smoked Spanish paprika
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 T honey
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the crispy rice:
  • 90 g basmati rice, rinsed
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
  • 30 g flaked almonds, toasted
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 50 g butter

Cooking Instructions

1 . Combine all the ingredients for the chicken in a bowl until the chicken is well coated. Cover the bowl with clingwrap and marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.

2. Cook the rice in just enough water to cover it over a medium heat. In a separate pan, cook the potato until softened, about 8–10 minutes. Once the rice and potato are both cooked, place in a bowl and mash until combined. Stir in the flaked almonds, salt and pepper.

3. Heat the olive oil and butter in a pan. Roughly shape the rice-and-potato mixture into a round and fry until golden brown and crisp on both sides, turning once. It’s okay if it falls apart a little, it’s all about those crispy bits!

4. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place the chicken and marinade in an ovenproof dish and braise for 25–30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and golden. Serve with the rice.

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Photographs: Jan Ras 
Food assistant: Ellah Maepa

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