Claypot chicken rice

I didn’t think cast-iron-pot chicken rice would have the same ring.  I don’t own a clay pot, and therefore resorted to cook this childhood favourite in my cast iron pot instead.  I found various recipes for claypot chicken rice on google, and this is my take on the dish (serves 2).

A) Marinade

  • 4 boneless chicken thighs, diced
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp kicap manis (dark soy)
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of ground pepper

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and leave to marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge

B) Sauce

  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  •  1 tbsp dark soy
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 3 tbsp warm water

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl

C) Chicken rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • a handful of chopped shiitake mushrooms
  • a handful of chopped broccoli
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and julienned
  • a handful of chopped spring onions

Method

  1. Cook basmati rice in a cast iron pot (with enough water measuring an inch from the surface of the rice) for 10 minutes with the lid on, over a low heat
  2. Lift the lid and add the chicken and marinade, chopped shiitake mushrooms, broccoli and julienned ginger
  3. Drizzle 1/2 of the sauce (from part B) over the rice and chicken
  4. Put the lid back on and leave to cook over a low heat for 20 minutes
  5. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the rice, turn the heat to a medium and give the dish a good sizzle for two minutes
  6. Turn the heat off and garnish with chopped spring onions

I am still feeling under the weather, so this was the perfect dish for me tonight.  I love the combination of ginger, shiitake mushrooms and broccoli – I find it very soothing, especially the ginger.  The sauce and marinade delivered the flavours of the chicken rice I grew up eating, but what was missing was the extra charry flavour which you’ll only get from cooking this dish in a clay pot.  Still, beggars can’t be choosers, and it was a lovely meal.

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