Celebrate Chinese New Year with Sesame Chicken and Green Beans with Egg Fried Rice

Happy Chinese New Year!…Still! only another 14 days of celebrating to go! I’m afraid this will be the last Chinese themed post from me in a while so I’m sharing one of my favourites Sesame Chicken and Green Beans with Egg Fried Rice.

I am proud to say that this dish is perhaps one of the tastiest Chinese dishes I have ever made. It’s my interpretation of the sesame chicken at The Regent Cottage (a lovely restaurant I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing about!)

If you want something that is really vibrant and fresh – no where near as stodgy as a deep fried spring roll, then this is the dish for you! I highly recommend that you serve it with my Egg Fried Rice too! (And I think you will find this recipe a little lighter on the waistline than most of your favourite take away dishes!)

Sesame Chicken and Green Beans with Egg Fried Rice

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Sesame Chicken and Green Beans with Egg Fried Rice

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 1

Ingredients

  • For the egg fried rice
  • ½ cup basmati rice
  • 1 small egg
  • 2-3 spring onions
  • Handful of frozen peas and sweetcorn
  • Splash of soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground nut oil
  • For the chicken and green beans
  • 1 chicken breast
  • A hanful of green (or snake) beans
  • A hanful of baby sweetcorn
  • A hanful of bamboo shoots
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. For the egg fried rice
  2. Cook your rice according to the packets instructions adding the peas and sweetcorn to the water in the last 8 minutes of cooking time.
  3. Drain the rice thoroughly, patting with kitchen roll to remove as much moisture as possible and place to one side.
  4. Heat the oil in the pan and fry off the spring onion for a minute or two.
  5. Add a whisked egg mixed with a splash of soy sauce. Let the egg cook before adding the rice into the wok an stir frying for a few minutes until piping hot.
  6. For the chicken and green beans
  7. In a wok heat the sesame oil until very hot. Add the chicken, garlic and chilli flakes and cook until the chicken is golden.
  8. Once the chicken has cooked, liberally add salt and pepper. Next add half of the soy sauce and sesame seeds for 2 minutes.
  9. Ad the vegetables (cut into long strips) and cook for a final 2 -3 minutes.
  10. Finally add the remaining soy sauce and rice vinegar.
  11. Give a quick toss of the wok and serve.
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You may be thinking that french green beans are as far from authentic Chinese cuisine as you can get – so, if you have an oriental food store near you, see if you can get your hands on some snake beans (very similar to the green bean just much longer) and chuck them in instead! For the rest of you, trust me, green beans do just fine!

What’s your favourite Chinese recipe to cook at home? If you’ve liked this recipe you may also like these:

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