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I remember Donna Hay saying on the first Masterchef series that taking photos of brown food was hard.

Writing a recipe for this dish was also hard, because I never follow one, but I made an effort to keep track last time, so that I could at least offer you a rough guide.  Please treat it as such, and change whatever you feel like to make the dish your own.

  • 6 chicken thigh fillets, cut into chunks
  • 20 cooked peeled chestnuts, or tinned chestnuts
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • small knob ginger, peeled and chopped or julienned
  • 3 tablespoons dark sweet soy
  • 1½ tablespoon light soy or Teriyaki sauce
  • ground pepper
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 4 – 5 cups cooked rice, hot

Note: I used a ceramic Chinese soup spoon as a measure – each holds 20ml, which is the equivalent of an Aussie tablespoon.

1. In a large bowl, combine the thigh fillets, dark soy, light soy and sesame oil.  Season with ground pepper.

2. In a wok or large skillet, heat the vegetable oil and fry the garlic and ginger briefly.  Add the chicken, all the marinade and the cooked chestnuts.  Cook, stirring, until the chicken is cooked through, the chestnuts are soft and the sauce has thickened slightly – add a little water if it gets too dry during the cooking time.

3. Have the hot rice in a microwave proof container with a lid.  Pour the chicken, chestnuts and all the sauce over the rice and stir to combine.  Pop the whole thing into the microwave for a couple of minutes to warm through before serving.

I don’t put onions in this dish simply because my mother never did.  Then again, she never put chestnuts in it either, and is quite appalled whenever I do.  And now that I think more about it, I believe she used chicken wings instead of fillets.

Despite all that, I find this dish homely, comforting and reminiscent of my childhood. As I said, please feel free to change it up however you wish – rice and meat dishes like this are incredibly satisfying in all permutations!

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