Fragrant Spiced Chicken with Banana Sambal

By Sara Buenfeld From the book Good Food Eat Well: 14-Day Healthy Eating Diet
Fragrant Spiced Chicken with Banana Sambal

This makes six portions so freeze what you don't eat. The sambal and rice serve two so double or triple to adjust for more servings.

For how many? Serves 6


  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 600ml reduced-salt chicken stock
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 500g skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • small pack coriander, chopped
  • For the sambal and rice (to serve 2, easily doubled)
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cucumber, peeled, deseeded and diced
  • 1 small banana, diced
  • zest and juice ½ lime
  • 250g pack ready-cooked brown basmati rice


Put the onions in a food processor with the garlic and ginger. Blitz until it is as smooth as possible, then pour in half the stock and blitz again.

Heat a large non-stick pan, sprinkle in the spices and toast for 1 min. Pour in the onion mixture, the remaining stock and all but ½ tsp of the chopped chilli. Add the almonds and tomato purée, and stir well. Simmer for 35 mins until completely soft, stirring every now and then and adding a little water if the mixture starts to catch on the bottom of the pan.

Add the chicken and half the fresh coriander. Heat very gently for 10 mins to cook the chicken through. Mix all the sambal ingredients with the remaining coriander and chilli, and heat the rice following pack instructions. Serve the chicken and sambal with the brown rice.

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