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Recipe: Thai-style Chicken, Shitake and Tenderstem Broccoli with Noodles and Coconut Broth


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This quick, one-bowl meal can be thrown together from leftovers – perfect for student kitchens.

Serves: 4 - 6

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

You’ll need:

1½ tbsp groundnut oil

6 shallots, peeled and sliced

4 cloves garlic, sliced

100g shitake mushrooms, sliced

600g butternut squash, deseeded, peeled and cut into cubes

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 or 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste (depending on strength of paste)

400ml tinned coconut milk

250ml chicken stock

350g chicken breast fillet, cut into chunks

200g Tenderstem broccoli, halved horizontally

½ - 1 tsp soft light brown sugar

Juice of ½ lime

2 tsp fish sauce, or to taste

400g egg noodles


To finish off:

2 spring onions, chopped on the diagonal

1 medium red chilli, halved, deseeded and cut into shreds

2 tbsp fresh coriander

wedges of lime

What to do:

1. Put the oil into a large saucepan and fry the shallots, garlic, mushrooms and butternut squash until they are golden – it will take about 3 minutes.

2. Add the turmeric and curry paste. Stir around and cook for a minute until the spices become fragrant.

3. Add the coconut milk and the stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes (the squash should feel quite soft) then add the chicken and Tenderstem broccoli and cook for another 5 minutes.  The squash should be completely tender and the chicken cooked through. You can add more stock or water if you would like it to be ‘soupier’.

4. Season with the sugar, lime and fish sauce and adjust to your taste – you may want to add more lime or even a little more sugar. You want a balance of hot, sour, salty and sweet.

5. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the packet. Once cooked, divide the noodles between four or six bowls, spoon the chicken over them, and top with the spring onion, chilli and coriander. Offer wedges of lime to serve.

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