Chicken and Beans Rice Recipe for a healthy, complete meal

My son simply must have his rice everyday, at least, for one meal and other meals, it could be noodles, porridge or potatoes.

So, instead of cooking the usual plain white rice to go with dishes, I’d sometimes cook an all-in-one rice like my mixed beans rice or burdock root rice or easy claypot chicken rice. Yep, when it comes to rice, I do try to do more things with it!

Here’s my latest ‘creation’ where I toss in some bottled organic black bean chili sauce to give it a slightly spicy flavour:

Chicken and Beans Rice Recipe

Chicken and Lentils Rice

Chicken and Lentils Rice

Ingredients

300g brown rice, washed and drained (you can use white rice if you want)

400ml water

4 tbsp mixed beans, soaked to soften and drained

2 tbsp dried wolfberries, soaked and drained

1 tbsp dried shrimps, cleaned and drained

1 piece chicken breastmeat (about palm size), sliced into strips

2 – 5 tbsp Light Soy Sauce

1 – 3 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce

1 – 3 tbsp Oyster Sauce

3 tbsp black bean chili sauce (or you could also use Black Bean Sauce

half clove garlic, diced

Instructions

1. Get the ingredients ready:

Mixed beans / lentils soaked to soften and drained

Mixed beans soaked to soften and drained

Dried wolfberries and dried shrimps, soaked and drained.

Dried wolfberries and dried shrimps, soaked and drained.

Organic black bean chili sauce

Organic black bean chili sauce

This is what the organic black bean chili sauce looks like

This is what the organic black bean chili sauce looks like

2. Season the chicken like this:

Season the chicken strips with 1 tbsp soya sauce, 1 tbsp dark soya sauce and 1 tbsp oyster sauce

Season the chicken strips with 1 tbsp soya sauce, 1 tbsp dark soya sauce and 1 tbsp oyster sauce for at least an hour

3. In a wok, heat up some cooking oil.

4. Add in the garlic and…

Sautee the garlic till fragrant

Sautee the garlic till fragrant

5. Add in the wolfberries and shrimp

Add in the wolfberries and shrimps

Continue to stirfry the wolfberries and shrimps over medium heat

6. Then, in goes the chicken…

Stir fry the chicken till it is half cooked but NOT cooked through

Stir fry the chicken till it is half cooked but NOT cooked through

7. Add in the mixed beans and stir fry it for a few seconds. Add in the black bean chili sauce.

8. Then it is time to stir in the uncooked rice

Stir fry the rice with the ingredients for a few minutes

Stir fry the rice with the ingredients for a few minutes

9. Now comes to adding the sauces. You can add 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp dark soy sauce and 1 tbsp oyster sauce or you can add about 1/2 tbsp more each if you want your rice with more taste but not too much or else it’d end up too salty!

10. After adding the sauces and mixing it well, you have the option to add the water straight to the wok, cover and then let the rice cook in it over medium heat or transfer the contents into a rice cooker to cook. If you let it cook on the wok, do remember to check on it often and stir occasionally.

11. If you transferred it to a rice cooker, you can just let it cook as usual. When done, you should have this…

A potful of chicken and beans rice

A potful of chicken and beans rice

To add some greens to this dish, I blanched some green leafy vegetables and serve it together with the rice.

Wallah! Here's a complete meal with protein, carbs and fibre all in one.

Wallah! Here's a complete wholesome healthy meal with protein, vegetables, carbs and fibre all in one.

If you can’t get the black bean chili sauce, it is alright to leave it out of the ingredients. You can substitute with additional spoonful of sauces.

The chicken and rice with beans recipe may sound complicated but it only takes about 30 minutes to prepare and cook (minus the seasoning time).

Try it out and tell me how it turned out. But if you are too lazy to cook this, you can order it from me and I’ll just charge you for it but no home delivery, you’ll have to come and pick it up. ;-p

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Comments: 4

  1. HoneyB October 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    This looks good! I had to look up wolfberries! I have never seen nor heard of them before!

  2. thepinkpeppercorn October 25, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    super healthy! wow!

  3. Jessie October 25, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Oh wow, this looks great! I’m with HoneyB. Never heard of wolfberries before. Going to try to track some down. And your pictures are beautiful! Hooray for close-ups of food.

    +Jessie
    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  4. Foong October 25, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    HoneyB: I guess you can find the wolfberries in Chinatown or at Asian stores. It is a Chinese ingredient and often sold as an herb. Wolfberries are good for health and has a sweet taste, that’s why I added it to the rice. However, if you can’t find any, it is alright to leave it out too. It won’t affect the taste that much.

    pinkpeppercorn: thanks.

    Jessie: It was a real challenge trying to take pictures while stir-frying the food, especially close-ups because the camera lenses kept fogging up! I actually had more blurry pictures than clear ones.

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