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Ginger and Lime Chicken Legs with Coconut Rice

Tender chicken legs are served with fragrant ginger and coconut rice in this easy and budget-friendly one-pot dinner from Mimi Harrison.

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Mimi Harrison


This is one of my favourite recipes in the book. Not only is it one-pot, but it also requires minimal prep. I love how comforting a meal it is, yet every mouthful feels so fresh and vibrant, with the zingy ginger notes and the kick of lime, contrasting with creamy coconut rice.

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1 tbsp rapeseed oil
5 (about 1.1kg) chicken legs, skin on
50g spring onions, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp peeled and finely grated ginger
350g white rice, rinsed
750ml gluten-free chicken stock
juice of ½ lime, plus wedges to serve
1 x 400ml can coconut milk
100g Tenderstem broccoli, florets sliced and stems thinly sliced
salt and pepper to taste
handful of fresh coriander, torn, to garnish


Set a deep frying pan over a medium heat and add the rapeseed oil. Season both sides of the chicken legs with salt and pepper, then place the legs skin-side down in the pan and leave to fry for around 15 minutes.

Rotate and cook the chicken legs for a further 15 minutes on the other side. The skin should be crispy and golden and the meat almost cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the spring onions to the same pan (reserving some of the greener ends for garnish) and add the garlic and ginger. Fry over a medium heat for a few minutes.

Add the rice to the pan and stir, then pour in the stock, lime juice and coconut milk.

Add the chicken legs back to the pan, skin-side facing upwards. Cover and leave to cook over a medium/low heat for 18 minutes, adding the broccoli after eight minutes.

Garnish with the reserved green spring onion ends, lime wedges and fresh coriander and dig in!

Meal Prep: Separate portions of broccoli and coconut rice into five sealed containers along with a cooked chicken leg in each container. Chill in the fridge for up to three days or freeze for up to three months. If frozen, defrost in the fridge overnight. To reheat from chilled, heat in the microwave on high for two minutes. Top with the garnishes (stored separately) and enjoy!


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