Chinese Feast…

This was such a yummy dinner! We had chicken noodle soup, adapted from here, followed by chicken dim sum, adapted from Jamie’s 15 minute meals. It went down really well with Dan and Lillee, and so much cheaper and healthier than a takeaway! Try it to see what I mean.

Chicken Noodle soup…

  • 1 raw chicken breast
  • a pack of fresh rice noodles
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • a little olive oil
  • a tablespoon mixed spice
  • 1 litre of water
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 spring onions

Heat the oil in a large pan, then gently fry the garlic and mixed spice for a few minutes. Add the stock cubes and water and stir until dissolved. Put in the chicken, and leave for around 20 minutes or until cooked through then remove and leave to cool slightly. Stir in the noodles and soy sauce to the stock, then slice the chicken into strips and stir back in. Serve topped with finely chopped spring onion.

The Chicken Dim sum Is adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe, and is actually the first one I’ve tried from the 15 minute meals book! although it takes a little longer than it would if you were a professional chef, the recipe can easily be made in under half an hour so it’s pretty fast!

Chicken Dim Sum…

For the buns:

  • 400g tin light coconut milk
  • 2 coconut milk tins of self-raising flour

For the chicken:

  • 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • 140g mixed mushrooms
  • 3 tbsp. hoi sin sauce (plus extra to serve)
  • 2 limes
  • 200g tender stem broccoli
  • salt
  • 3 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 limes

Put the coconut milk in the food processor with the flour and a pinch of salt, and blend until it becomes a dough. tip out and work into a sausage shape. cut into eight pieces and place each one into a double layered cake case and sit into one layer of the bamboo steamer. place on the wok over 5cm of boiling water with the lid on and leave to steam.

Cut the chicken into 1cm strips and toss with the mushrooms, hoi sin sauce, juice of half a lime and a little salt. Tip into the second steamer basket with the broccoli. Place under the first basket and leave for around 5 minutes until the chicken is cooked.

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan, and serve in a small bowl with the chicken and buns in there baskets. Serve a small bowl of extra hoi sin sauce and some lime wedges alongside too.

Hope you enjoy!

Emma-Jayne xx