Nasi Goreng Ayam (Indonesian Chicken Fried Rice)
Nasi goreng, which translates to “fried rice,” is one of Indonesia's best-known dishes, and it’s prepared in numerous ways around the world. Like many other fried rice recipes, this version, from the chef Lara Lee’s “Coconut & Sambal,” blends crunchy vegetables with piquant rice, but the addition of ginger and white pepper offer spice and aroma, while kecap manis, a velvety sauce, adds a slightly sweet balance to the dish. Don’t skimp on the fried egg or the fried shallots; both add essential crunch and texture. This is an ideal for a dinner for two.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 2boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 7 ounces total), cut into bite-size cubes
- ¼teaspoon sea salt and a scant 1/8 teaspoon white pepper, plus more as needed
- 3tablespoons coconut oil or sunflower oil
- 2shallots, preferably Thai, or 1 small banana shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1(3-inch) piece fresh galangal (or ginger), peeled and woody stem removed, finely chopped
- 2garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1cup green beans, chopped
- 2scallions, chopped into large chunks
- ¼teaspoon ground turmeric
- 3 ½ounces uncooked jasmine or basmati rice, cooked and cooled (about 3 cups)
- 2tablespoons store-bought or homemade kecap manis (see Note for recipe)
- 2teaspoons light soy sauce
- 1 ½teaspoons fish sauce
- 2large eggs, or duck eggs
- 1tablespoon store-bought or homemade crisp fried shallots
- ½long red chile, such as cayenne, thinly sliced
- Prawn crackers, for serving
Step 1In a medium bowl, season the chicken pieces with the salt and white pepper.
Step 2In a large wok or skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high heat until it melts or shimmers. Fry the chicken, stirring frequently, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Step 3Add another 1 tablespoon oil to the pan, then add the shallot, galangal and garlic, and cook over medium-high until fragrant. Add the green beans, scallions and turmeric and cook for 1 minute.
Step 4Add the cooked rice to the pan, breaking up any clumps with a wooden spoon and stirring until combined and warmed.
Step 5Return the chicken to the pan. Stir in the kecap manis, light soy sauce, fish sauce, a large pinch of white pepper, and extra salt if needed.
Step 6Meanwhile, fry the eggs: Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Once shimmering, crack the eggs directly into the oil. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the whites are partially cooked. Tilt the pan and spoon the hot oil over the egg whites until they are fully cooked. Season with salt.
Step 7Divide the fried rice between two serving plates and top with the fried shallots, sliced chile and fried eggs; serve with crackers.