Friday, August 14, 2009

Nam Jim Chicken

So this is another recipe from my beloved Women's Weekly collection (Low-Fat Delicious). As I've said previously, it contains way too strong coriander flavour for Varen to enjoy it, but I just love it. And I realised when I made it again, for my Mom, just how easy it actually is :)

** recipe requires a blender of some sort! **

So here's the recipe (serves 4):

  • 8 chicken thigh fillets (approx 800g) (I've also used chicken breast)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons grated palm sugar (I just used brown sugar, it was the closest I could find)
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh thai basil leaves
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh coriander leaves
  • 3 cups (240g) bean sprouts (I used the Mung Bean sprouts from Woolies)
Nam Jim Sauce ingredients:
  • 31 long green chilies, chopped coarsely (seeded, obviously!)
  • 2 cloves garlic, quartered (I just used a teaspoon of ready crushed garlic)
  • 10cm stick (20g) fresh lemon grass, sliced thinly (now this I've never managed to find - anyone know where I could find some? - so used dried lemon grass, doesn't blend well so I'd recommend leaving it out entirely!)
  • 3 green spring onions, chopped coarsely
  • 1 coriander root, chopped coarsely (can't find this either so just throw in some of the fresh coriander)
  • ¼ cup (60ml) lime juice (lemon juice will do the trick equally well)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated palm sugar (and again, I just use simple brown sugar)
Combine chicken in large bowl with cumin, coriander and sugar. Toss to coat chicken in mixture. Cook chicken, in batches, in heated lightly oiled (up to you if you need an oiled pan or not, I choose non-stick) frying pan until browned all over and cooked through. Make Nam Jim sauce by blending or processing ingredients till smooth. Serve chicken on combined fresh herbs and sprouts, topped with Nam Jim sauce.

Recipe Book says the preparation time is approx 20 minutes and the cooking time is another 20 minutes. Another easy meal that comes out looking amazing if you're planning on serving it for guests!


Damaria Senne said...

Looks delicious.

noodle said...

sounds good, I love fresh asian flavours!

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