Thursday, January 6, 2011

Chicken and Cashews with Coconut Satay Sauce and Coconut Rice

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Don't you love recipes where everything is cooked all at once, in one pot?  Well, this is one of those all-in-one meals, except it's made in the Thermomix, not a pot - which makes it even better because you can do three or four different things at once!  So while the sauce is cooking in the jug, the coconut rice is steaming in the basket above it, and the chicken and veges in the Varoma tray on top!  This is one of our favourite quick-and-easy meals... when I don't feel like cooking, I can have this on the table in half an hour.  And everyone loves it :)  (Adapted from the Chicken and Cashews recipe in the Thermomix Everyday Cookbook - but with my coconut satay sauce!)

The first 3 steps, marinating the chicken, can be done ahead of time for more flavour - but if you're doing it at the last minute like I usually am, don't worry, it still tastes good!

1. Cut chicken into smallish cubes (about 1.5cm square) or slices and place in a bowl:
- 300g - 400g chicken breasts or thighs

2. Chop in Thermomix bowl for 5 seconds, speed 7:
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1-2 cms fresh ginger
  Scrape out with spatula and mix with chicken in bowl.  (Don't wash out Thermomix bowl.)

3. Add to chicken, mix in, cover, and set aside:
- a couple of tablespoons of tamari or soy sauce
- a splash of sesame oil

4. Pour into Thermomix bowl:
- 450g coconut cream (1 tin)
- 750g water

5. Sit lid on top of jug, and rice basket on top of lid. Set scales and weigh rice into basket:
- 400g basmati rice (or less if you don't want that much)
    Remove basket and lid, rinse rice under tap (in basket), place basket in jug, then replace lid and lock into place.

6.  Place Varoma tray on top of lid, tip chicken into it and spread out so there's holes open for the steam to come through.  Start cooking at Varoma temperature, 20 minutes, speed 4.

7. Meanwhile, chop up the veges and place them into the Varoma as it's heating up.  I start chopping the harder veges first and put them in as I get them chopped, leaving the ones like snow peas, capsicum and shallots until the end.  Make sure there's a hole in the middle for the steam to get through.  Here's a list of suggested veges - use what you've got:
- some thin wedges of onion
- 2 stalks of celery, leaves removed, thinly sliced
- 2 carrots, thinly sliced
- broccoli, small pieces
- green beans
- chinese cabbage, thinly sliced
- boy choy, thinly sliced
- red (and/or green) capsicum, thinly sliced
- snow peas
- shallots, sliced and sprinkled on top

8. Sprinkle over the top of the veges:
- some sesame seeds
- a handful of cashews (roasted or raw)
- a dash of sesame oil
- a dash of tamari (or soy sauce)

9. When the time's up, remove the rice (placing in the Thermoserver to keep warm), and stir the chicken and veges, breaking the chicken apart and making sure there are holes unblocked for the steam to get through. Cook for another 5 or 10 minutes on Varoma temperature, speed 2, checking that the chicken is cooked through.  You may need to add a little more water if there's not much left in the bowl.  Once cooked, remove Varoma tray while you finish the sauce.  (Tip: You can take the lid off the Thermoserver with the rice in it, and sit the Varoma tray on top so they both stay warm.)

10. To the juices and coconut cream left in the bowl, add the following ingredients and blend on speed 9 for 1 minute:
- a couple of handfuls of raw cashews
- 1 inch of fresh red chilli (or more if you like it hotter)
- a good handful of fresh parsley or coriander
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 inch of fresh ginger
- a couple of tablespoons of tamari (or soy sauce)
- 1 teaspoon of Rapadura (optional)
- a tablespoon of chicken stock paste (or vege stock paste)
(I don't measure - just chuck in what you think, blend it, taste it, and adjust if necessary!)

Serve immediately - rice, chicken and veges with cashews on top, and sauce drizzled over liberally!  

Hope you like it! :)


108 comments:

ThermomixBlogger Helene said...

I knew this was worth waiting for! Great job Jo, and this is exactly my kind of recipe. Why? Because it is a)savoury, not a dessert, and b)makes full use of the Thermomix's multi-tasking abilities.

I just love pushing my Thermomix to the limit with doing more than one thing at once and here you are pushing it to several functions: the marinade prep +the rice cooking +the vege cooking +the chicken cooking +the sauce = FIVE. WoooHOOO. All my favorite flavours too. I've never cooked my rice in coconut water before but I love the idea!

Thanks too for all your thorough notes. The recipe 'reads' long, but it's really quite simple, just that you have been so thorough with detailed instructions -- so it's also great for newbies.

The photo turned out so bright and colorful too, and that touch of sesame seeds sprinkled on top really makes the whole dish sing! (I'm singing about it now... sort of a chicken clucking, sunny opera type aria...)

(I'll bet you're glad we live so far apart?!)

;-)

Jo Whitton said...

Helene, I wish you lived right next door - we'd have a ball!!!! :D We could sing and cook together! (Might scare the neighbours, though!)

Glad you liked the recipe - yes, I thought it looked a bit long for such a simple recipe - I hope that doesn't scare anyone off, because it's so easy. Thanks for your comments! :)

Jo xx

Madame Thermomix said...

Jo, I love thie recipe, too! And like our Canadian friend Helene I am suitably impressed that you so easily got your Best Friend in the Kitchen doing FIVE things for you at once! I just adore savoury coconut dishes so this one goes into my Thermomix very soon. I can already taste the rice cooked in coconut milk and my mouth is watering at the thought of it! Brilliant, Jo, many thanks!

Jo Whitton said...

Thank you Madame Thermomix! :D I was thinking, you could do another step in the tmx - make the coconut cream first! I have done that before for this recipe, but you just have to make sure you strain it before you use it, so it's nice and smooth. (That may seem obvious, but I tend to cut corners, so I didn't!)

JaneeZee said...

Jo this look fantastic. I never liked the sauce that went with the Chicken & cashew dish from the EDC. This looks simple enough even for DH to make!!

BTW I got confused by how to make the coconut cream. Is there a difference between dessicated & shredded coconut?
Thanks, Jane

Jo Whitton said...

Hi Janee :) It is very simple - I hope you like it!

You can use either shredded or dessicated coconut to make coconut cream - I use organic shredded coconut mostly. The shredded one is the longer strips, dessicated is much finer. Just make sure you strain it well through a cheesecloth, or it's not as nice. :)

Kellie said...

I loved it - sadly my family didn't :(

Jo Whitton said...

Oh well, you can't win 'em all :)

Anonymous said...

I've got everything prepped to make this tonight - will let you know how it goes. Cheers Suzanne

Anonymous said...

This was seriously SCRUMMY YUMMY!! my sauce was quite runny but I did use coconut milk instead of cream. The chicken was tender and so delicious! My first main meal in my new Thermie!! Will make again for sure. Cheers Suzanne

Anonymous said...

Just made this with Salmon instead of chicken! Went down a treat. Love the chicken version too! Thanks I've only had my TMX for a few weeks and already cooked this three times! I usually have sauce left over which i use to jazz up a basic stirfry or steamed veggies another night!!

Jo Whitton said...

So glad you liked it, Suzanne! And your first main meal - well done!!

That salmon sounds like a great idea - I must try that one too - yum!!

Herb Lady said...

Jo, I am new to your site and thermomix and LOVE this recipe - delicious, easy and nutritious, all my favourite things in a meal. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I cooked this last night. The first complete meal I have made in the Thermomix. My husband said it tasted as good as something you would find in a restaurant. Loved it!!
Talitha

Anonymous said...

This was also the first proper meal I cooked in my Thermomix, it was very easy to make and my husband loved it. He does not like rice at all for a meal, he thinks rice is for puddings only. He is raving about this dish now!! Thank you Jo ;o)

Jo Whitton said...

Thanks guys! So glad to hear you've all enjoyed it! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo, another big fan here:). This would have to be my most favourite meal - THANK-YOU!!! I love your blog, I just wish I was half as creative as you are, in the mean time I will be creative through your creations.

Jo Whitton said...

Thank you!! I'm glad you enjoyed it - and creativity just takes practice! Have fun :)

Moo2 said...

Hi Jo, yet another fan of you and your beautiful food. Thank you so much for posting this. So easy and yummy! The whole family loved it and that is no easy feat. Made plenty with some leftovers for DH the following day.

Jo Whitton said...

Thanks Moo2! Very sweet of you :) It's nice to have leftovers for lunch, isn't it!!

Anonymous said...

This would have to be the most tasty dish we have eaten for a long time. FANTASTIC! Perhaps we eat too much, but I would say the quantity of meat and veg would serve 5-6 people, but the rice would serve 8. The leftover rice went down a treat the next day served with some stir fried prawns. Thanks for the lovely recipe.

Jess said...

I've made this dish twice now, and I'm sure I'll make it many more times :) Yummo!

Today I added raw beetroot to the steaming veggies, it may seem a bit odd to people used to only eating beetroot from a tin, but the addition of its earthy sweetness was delicious!

Also the beetroot juice drips down into the TMX bowl as it steams, and stains the rice a beautiful mix of sunset colours, and the sauce a delicate peach, looks even more fabulous than before! ;)

Thanks Jo for a recipe that tastes gourmet but is so simple and quick to make. Its a win/win in my book!

Julie said...

Finally got around to making this one - everyone loved it - so yummy! We had brown rice so I just cooked it as per the directions from the fried rice recipe. The sauce was an absolute winner - so tasty! Can't wait to do it again! Thanks again Jo!

Hen said...

Holy cow. This is delicious!
My kids thought I ordered this from the Thai restaurant. :)
Thank you!!

Jo Whitton said...

Thanks guys, so glad you've all enjoyed it!!! :)

Janine said...

Seriously best ever! Will now be a household regular. Thanks Jo for all your effort for our families! (Today also tried banana, choc, nut "ice cream", tomorrow will b toffee one) Couldn't believe it, in health food store buying supplies today & they'd never heard of a TM! Even my 9yo piped up to explain it!

Jo Whitton said...

Woo hoo!!! Thanks Janine :D Good on your 9 yr old - seems odd when health people haven't heard of the TM, doesn't it!!

Anonymous said...

Can this be made wth brown rice. How do it do this

Jo Whitton said...

Yes, you can make this with brown rice - just soak the rice first for a few hours or overnight, and cook for about 25 mins, adding the veges inthe last 15 mins. Also, add more water so that there's 1200g altogether.

Madame Thermomix said...

Wow. Wow. WOW. More than a year later, this blog post and recipe are STILL getting comments and people are STILL discovering the clever features of Thermomix that enable us to cook entire meals in one go - the fast and easy way! I finally made this recipe - or at least a version of it, because I, too, am a last-minute cook with loads of ideas but not always the right ingredients - and it was beautiful. My husband raved about it. I used filets of sea bream which I dusted with the chopped garlic and ginger, and coked the rice in coconut milk to which I added a tsp of Thai green curry paste, some fish sauce, palm sugar and a red chilli. Brilliant! Such a good method. To me, the proof of a good recipe is how easily you can adapt it to the ingredients at hand and Jo, you've got a winner here!!! Many thanks for sharing it with us.

Jo Whitton said...

Oh wow, if you and your husband thought it was beautiful, that's great praise indeed, from people that have dined in some of the finest places in London, not to mention cooking up amazing delights yourself!!! Thank you!!! :D I love your 'tweaks' - they sound delicious. I must try them! Thank you for your lovely comment :)
Jo xx

Gretel said...

Hi Jo,
Made this dish for the first time tonight. We all loved it - the chicken was so tender. This may be a silly question but this is only the second time I've used my Varoma but do you use the middle steamer tray or do you just toss all the vegies on top of the chicken? Gretel

Jo Whitton said...

Hi Gretel, so glad you liked it! No, I don't use the middle tray for this one, I just chuck it all into the big tray, chicken on the bottom, harder veges next, then softer veges, then cashews, sesame seeds, etc. Poke a hole in the middle so the steam gets through, and stir once or twice to make sure it's cooking evenly. :) Jo

Carmen Franz said...

Made this tonight and was super yummy. I had some left over rice so I warmed up some milk and saltanas and made a mini rice pudding, kids loved it. xo

Haid said...

I christened my new Thermomix with this meal last night :) It was yummo! I used quinoa instead of rice and it cooked perfectly. Thanks for this yummy recipe :)

Anonymous said...

Making this dish as we speak, smells divine but the rice has over cooked and gone all mushy. I'm sure I put the right amount of liquid when I put the rice basket in the liquid was half way up and bubbled thru to chicken. So have ditched the rice and cooking some on the stove. Any clue as to why it happened?

Jo Whitton said...

Glad you liked it, Carmen and Haid! You're welcome :)

Anon: What kind of rice did you use? Regular white rice only needs to cook about 17 mins I think, so you'd need to remove it to the Thermoserver once cooked, and continue with the recipe. Basmati I like cooked for 20 mins, and brown for 35 mins - so you just have to adjust the recipe to suit which rice you use. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo, I love this recipe. Do you think if I halved the chicken and the vegies it would be cooked in 15-17 minutes with the rice steaming at the same time?

Anonymous said...

This is the second time we have made this. The things I love about this recipe are:

it's quick
it's healthy as it includes a lot of veges
it's tasty
it's all-in-one

I'm not sure about the coconut cream. Hubby has concerns about how healthy it is. What would you say Jo?

Jo Whitton said...

Hi, re this cooking quicker, yes, you could cook it quicker with less in the Varoma - whatever time it takes for the rice to cook, basically. When I really pack the varoma full, I have to give it another 10-15 mins after I remove the rice so it's all cooked through.

Re coconut cream, I love all coconut products, as long as they're the organic, no additives type - some coconut cream you buy has little real coconut cream in it! Get the good organic brands, or make it yourself from organic shredded coconut. If you're worrying about the saturated fat, don't. It's really good for you, and your body needs it. Check out Cyndi O'Meara's report on saturated fats and the cholesterol myth - that will help. http://changinghabits.com.au/_literature_67273/Cholesterol_Myth_Report
Jo :)

Anonymous said...

Hey there, I haven't cooked with quinoa in my tmx yet, is it like for like with white rice in this recipe? Thanks!

Jo Whitton said...

Yes, you just use 350g instead of the 400g of rice, as quinoa puffs up more. :)

Anonymous said...

Mmmm...made this tonight and it was a big hit.

Stephanie said...

This rocked!!!Got some left over sauce which will be delicious tomorrow with the chickpeas I have cooking in my slow cooker as we speak!
I think this could be the start of a beautiful blog friendship, I've tried 2 of your recipes and they have both been exactly what i am all about with food:) xx

Rosie said...

Hi Jo, what would you recommend instead of cashews in this dish. Also, could the soy sauce/tamari be omitted or substituted?
Thanks (:

Jo Whitton said...

Stephanie, thank you for your lovely comment!! (Sorry I missed it til now) :) xx

Rosie, maybe you could try blanched slivered almonds? You can leave out the tamari if you like - you just may need a little salt. :)

Anonymous said...

That was the nicest dish that I have ever cooked. Husband adored it and asked for more. Love it. Thanks for the fantastic recipe.

Anonymous said...

Making this tonight...sounds like a winner to me.
Love your blog page and your recipes of course.
Michele

Jo Whitton said...

Thanks Michelle, enjoy! :)

Holly said...

Hi Jo, just made this dish for the millionth time, but swapped the chicken for pieces of salmon. Was terrific!
Holly
Ps - when ever I am scratching around for something to cook I always come to your blog first :)

Kiera said...

I made this today, it was utterly amazing!!! Definitely going to be a family staple!

Bonnie said...

Hi Jo, made this dish last night, and it was great. I did (at one point) ponder if I could have done it more quickly as a stir fry - but then reminded myself you can't exactly walk away and do something else (in my case shower after run before going to basketball!) for 20 minutes whilst doing a stir fry, the sauce was delicious and easy and much less washing up than doing things the conventional way. Thanks for not only a great recipe, but a superb example of how to utilise Thermi to its full potential! Will be sharing this recipe with everyone I know! Thank you!!!

Leah Bogan said...

OMG!! this is one of my 1st meals that i made with the thermo! Was AMAZING!!!! we were thinking of selling our thermo cause i havent been using it much but i tihnk i want to keep it now! Thanks xxxxx

Jo Whitton said...

Oh Leah, I'm so glad to hear that!! :D Are you on Facebook? If so, get onto my page and get some inspiration - lots of people post about what recipes are their favourites, so come have a chat. :)

Thank you, Bonnie - so glad you enjoyed it! Yes, that's the beauty of the Thermomix - less time spent slaving over the stove! And thank you Kierra and Holly, too!! xx

Katelyn said...

This dish was simple yet delicious!!
It is definitely going straight to the top of my favourite list! I can't wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
I do have one question though- where can I find Tamari Sauce? I looked in a supermarket and a green grocer but couldn't find it. I may have had a boy look and simply not seen it- hehe.
Thanks!!!

George said...

Once again...impressed! Newish to the thermie I often read your recipes at first with apprehension...BUT... They have never failed. Love your fried rice & raw chocolate too. Must sit on iPad tonight, go through your recipes and branch out and try some new ones. Been 'Thermie-slack' over the Xmas holidays. Just getting back into it :)
You are my favourite Thermie blogger :) :)

George said...

Oh... Used massel chicken cube. Too much maybe half next time! And used unsalted cashews I had in cupboard (not raw) and worked out no worries!

Jo Whitton said...

Thanks Katelyn & George! Katelyn, the Tamari is in the health food section of the supermarket, or from a health food shop. George, thank you, it's nice to know you're having success with my recipes - yay!! :)

France said...

Thanks so much for this recipe. I used it as inspiration as I didn't have all the ingredients, and I eat grain free (meaning no rice, no quinoa, etc). I put some finely sliced cabbage in the rice basket, my pork and veggies on top, as much as your spices as I had, and it was really nice! Dh thought so too :)

Desleigh said...

Hi Jo,
I am fairly new to the world of Thermomix. I did this one tonight and didn't fail me! fantastic. We are not big on spicy although next time I will add the chilly it did need the kick.

Roz said...

I finally got around to making this Jo, after spying it when I first got my Thermie for Christmas....and OMG! Seriously one of the yummiest meals I've ever eaten! Got the tick of approval from my {not a chilli fan} hubby too, who even said 'could've had a bit more chilli in it too!'....yay for you, thank you, you rock!

Anonymous said...

I desperately want to make this but my son can't have soy:-( Do have any suggestions to substitute the soy for something else?
Thanks you
Jane

Faye said...

Love your blog Jo. Got onto this site via two sisters. These recipes sold me on the idea of getting a Thermomix. Made this twice and everyone loved it. Will be making it again!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe how much food this makes! I made it to gift thinking I'd need some left over soup as an entree. I only used the 400g of chicken, was worried more than that might not cook properly.
It fed 3 adults, 3 kids and I have left overs for another 2 - 3 adults too!!
It was delicious too. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness... This was sooo good!
Best meal I think I've ever made!
Thanks for the recipe :)

Anonymous said...

Hi |Jo if \I was to replace the rice with quinoa, what times would I use thanks
\
Cathy

Anonymous said...

I missed something My sauce was like floured water itwas nice bt not creamy, any idea's JO?

Kara said...

I'm having the same problem - sauce is very hit and miss. I've made this four times, the sauce was edible once and still wasn't as great as this list of raves would imply. Would love to know what I'm doing wrong!

I've tried the recipe as written twice. Substituted cornflour for nuts once, reduced stock, substituted capsicum for chilli, extra ginger and garlic. Still no joy :(

Kylie said...

I just made the Chicken and Cashew from the EDC and it was horrible. This looks amazing, cant wait to try it!

Shelley said...

To the ladies having problems with the sauce.......are you using a good quality coconut cream? I use Ayam brand (and 450g is almost two tins)...... Also really needs the cashews to make it creamy....... Substituting for corn flour would be very bland, as its then just watery coconut cream! Have made this several times exactly to the recipe (that's how I roll!) and the sauce is always amazing!

Jo Whitton said...

What a great idea! I also love cauliflower 'rice' cooked in the basket with this for a grain free option. :)

Jo Whitton said...

That's very strange! I wouldn't sub the nuts for cornflour as they give it a rich creamy flavour. How much creamy water is left in the bowl before you add the nuts and ginger and garlic etc? Maybe you are making less rice so there's more liquid left in the bowl at the end? That would make a thinner, runnier sauce. Or maybe you're not using enough coconut cream?

Kathleen said...

Hey Jo made this one for dinner tonight and it was a hit with the family ranging from 6 to 78, yummy sauce mine was a little green from herbs but I do love green. I might knock back the rice next time to 300g it cooked so much it came out the top, really inspiring blog looking forward to trying a few of the sweet stuff thank you;)

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight for re first time. One word - yummo!! My bf'd daughter is intolerant to the protein in cows milk and soy so instead I used Worcestershire sauce and it turned out fine. I also didn't have any stock so just left that put. Nom nom.

Anonymous said...

I made this tonight, the first time I've cooked a total meal in the Thermomix. It took me closer to an hour - including finding the ingredients and looking for some fresh coriander with my head torch on in the garden! I liked everything except the rice spoiled it. It was too gluggy. Is 750mls of water correct? I noticed you have only 500ml for 400g rice in your fried rice recipe. Also there was a huge mess to wash up with all that greasy coconut cream stuck on nearly all the layers. I will make this again but maybe do the rice in the rice cooker. The sauce was really yummy. Thank you for getting me using my TM for more than custards, gravies and smoothies!!

Shelley W said...

HI I am new to using the Varoma. I am never sure whether I should be using the "tray" or the "basket"
in recipes. I assume here all the chicken and veg is put in the basket and not into the tray inside the basket??

Thanks in advance to anyone that answers.

Shelley W said...

HI I am new to using the Varoma. I am never sure whether I should be using the "tray" or the "basket"
in recipes. I assume here all the chicken and veg is put in the basket and not into the tray inside the basket??

Thanks in advance to anyone that answers.

Tash said...

I've only made this once, but loved it. Next time I'd make less rice though.

Shellwy - I cooked the chicken in the bowl (bottom part of the Varoma) and veggies in the try. I found I couldnt fit as many veggies in as I wanted, so next time, I plan on throwing chicken and veggies in the bowl, leaving the tray out and seeing how that works.

Anonymous said...

I posted a comment on May 22nd and made this again last night with 500mls water and 350g rice. This time there was no major mess from the frothing coconut liquid. It turned out better but I missed the bigger quantity of yummy sauce. Next time I will try adding an extra cup of boiling water with the final sauce ingredients and see how that goes. I used the top tray for the vegetables. I found it held more than enough and the vegies tasted so good steamed like that.

Anonymous said...

Hoooray thank you so much Jo! This is the first full meal I've cooked in the TM and my husband and I were SO impressed! Absolutely delicious. It did take me an hour 20 mins and the veges were overflowing, but it still felt easy and so satisfying. You've given me great courage to use the TM more and I can't wait to try more of your recipes - thank you! :) Marie

Anonymous said...

This meal blew my families mind! They could not believe I made it all from scratch using the thermie! Thank you for creating this recipe, it is absolutely delicious x

Anonymous said...

Thank you the family loved the recipe

Bee Ris said...

Simply delicious! I'm addicted to that sauce. There was a little bit left over and we had eaten all the chicken and veg,so I popped it in the freezer, couldn't bear to throw it out! Have you any suggestions for any other recipe ideas I could use the sauce with? :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo, I made this tonight for dinner and my family and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe with us. Alana :)

Anonymous said...

Hi jo do you think this would work with beef instead of chicken?

Anonymous said...

This recipe is an absolute cracker! It was according to my partner, the best meal i have EVER made. Thankyou Jo!

Brodie said...

Just whizzed up some left overs of this meal in thermie for my 9 month old. Now we are both enjoying some left overs for lunch!! Mine un whizzed of course. One of our favourite meals by far.

woodlands playgroup said...

Awesome recipe - have made a few times now, I find that I only put the Veges in when the rice has finished and then cook another 5-10 min otherwise they got a bit squishy for our family, but it's a brilliant recipe! Look forward to your cookbook - I am amazed by how many people I know use this site very regularly! You are a star Jo!

Anonymous said...

Hi!

I am a newbie to Thermomix and made this recipe for the first time. I was not sure if I should place the chicken into the big Varoma recipient (the one that goes on top of the jug lid) or into the tray that goes before the Varoma lid? How about the vegetables, do they go into the same recipient with the chicken or into the tray? Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo,
Thank you! This dish is delicious. Easily made enough for my family of6 with 2 lunch leftovers for the shift worker in the house.
Looking forward to the cookbook

Elisa James said...

Hi Jo,
Loved the flavours but made an enormous mess. I added the two cans of coconut cream and 750g water. Plus 400g basmati rice. The whole thing boiled over and rice came spilling out the top. Is this normal??

Slazz said...

Elisa James, I had the same problem. I added everything exactly as the recipe said but it boiled over and went everywhere. I ended up having to take the rice out and cook it in a saucepan on the stove. Any hints as to what may have gone wrong??

Mands said...

I made this for the first time last night and wish I had not waited so long. It was AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Love you all-in-one meals

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much Jo,
I have been following your blog for a little while... love your ideas... made your wonderful chicken & cashews with barramundi... my dinner guests were blown away! The flavours were fabulous. So subtle.. I added some kaffir lime leaves to the coconut and water mix and shredded some over the fish...to die for :-)

Also made your lime and macadamia nut cake... my guests brought desert.. soooo I get to try it out tomorrow!!! Yaaaay :-)

Love your work - mmm & my thermi!

Tez said...

Hi Jo
I ordered my Thermie today and have heard from a Thermie-friend that this dish is fab, so I want it to be my first Thermie-meal - can't wait!!!

Radically Free said...

Thanks for this absolutely divine recipe! DH and my two daughters LOVED it! (as did I). I had to use rump steak instead of chicken cause realised chicken has passed it's used by date, but still delish!!

Just a quick question regarding the sauce.....can I freeze it? There was quite a bit left over and it would be a shame to throw it out, I could reuse it on another dish....just not sure as I've never frozen coconut cream before. thanks again for the wonderful recipes on your site!

Anonymous said...

So delicious! Thanks a bunch x

dan said...

Hi Jo,
I'm new to the world of thermys and this has been one of my first "all in one meals" - it was great, thanks!
Just wondering if its ok to put the marinated chicken in the bottom part of the varoma as I thought that the raw chicken juices would fall onto the rice. I lined the varoma with a wet piece of baking paper and the chicken ended up tasting good but looked like it had boiled rather than steamed.
Is the baking paper necessary or is it safe to let the chicken juices run onto the rice?
Thanks so much,
Danielle

Jo Whitton said...

Thanks so much, Bonnie!

Jo Whitton said...

Hi Danielle, no need for paper, the chicken juices do go into the rice and cook along with everything else, giving it the flavour you want! It's fine :)

yassin X.W.A.Y said...


Thanks for this beautiful recipe i love it,and I love the idea of using lettuce in this!Bet it's completely delicious.

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Terrina Mesaric said...

Loved it and so did all the family, I could drink that sauce. Xxx

Terrina Mesaric said...

Loved it and so did all the family, I could drink that sauce. Xxx

JosieJo2000 said...

Thank you so much for such a great recipe - and easy too! I would say my sauce was super salty which I think was to do with my veggie stock, next time I make stock I'm reducing the salt content. I might reduce the soy in the recipe as well. The other small issue was the rice bubbled out of the top of the lid. I'd say with cutting up, cooking and washing up it took me over an hour but so worth it!

Anonymous said...

This looks great, just bought a Thermomix and will make this as my first Varoma recipe! There are only 2 of us so could I halve the quantities of everything in the recipe?

Anonymous said...

YUM!!!! this was our first try with the varoma cooking and we absolutely loved it! massive hit with the family thanks Jo :)

OzAnnie said...

Thank you for this delicious recipe. Read it on your blog this morning and made it up for dinner tonight. Massive hit at our place tonight!!

Anonymous said...

This is a favourite now! Have made it a couple of times now, and it's always delicious.

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