Lara Lee's Chicken Nasi Goreng from Coconut & Sambal #LeithsTakeovers

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Lara Lee's Chicken Nasi Goreng from Coconut & Sambal #LeithsTakeovers

Louise Hagger 2020 - Coconut & Sambal, Bloomsbury Publishing.

Three years ago Lara Lee graduated from Leiths with an explorative cookbook concept in mind. Four days ago, her new cookbook celebrating her Indonesian heritage launched in the UK and we couldn't be more proud. Here's a sneak preview.

I’ve been eating chicken fried rice for as long as I can recall and it’s a dish of which I never tire. This version of nasi goreng is my absolute favourite. The galangal and white pepper give it a good amount of heat, which is balanced by the sweetness of the kecap manis and the saltiness of the soy and fish sauce. The fried duck egg with a runny yolk on top is sheer luxury. With the added crunch of green beans, fried shallots and kerupuk or prawn crackers, this dish hits all the right spots and is my favourite choice for a Friday night in.

Origin Popular all over Indonesia
Chilli heat Mild
Sambal suggestion Peanut sauce (p.204)


Serves 2

2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into small, bite-sized cubes
2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
8cm piece of galangal or ginger (about 40g), peeled and woody stem removed, finely chopped
1 small banana shallot or 2 Thai shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
Handful of green beans, chopped into small chunks 2 spring onions, chopped into large chunks
1⁄4 tsp ground turmeric
95g jasmine or basmati rice, cooked and cooled (240g cooked weight)
2 tbsp kecap manis (p.254)
11⁄2 tsp fish sauce
2 tsp light soy sauce
Sea salt and white pepper, to taste Coconut oil or sunflower oil, for frying

2 duck or hen’s eggs
1 tbsp Fried shallots (p.251)
1⁄2 long red chilli, thinly sliced Kerupuk (p.28) or prawn crackers


  1. Season the chicken pieces with salt and white pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan or wok over a high heat and fry the chicken until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan, add the garlic, galangal or ginger and shallots and cook over a medium-high heat until fragrant. Add the green beans, spring onions and turmeric and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add the rice to the pan, breaking up any clumps with a wooden spoon. Ensure all the ingredients are well combined and the rice is warmed through. Return the chicken to the pan. Season with the kecap manis, fish sauce, light soy sauce and a large pinch of white pepper, and extra salt if needed.
  4. Meanwhile, fry the eggs. Place a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Once shimmering, crack the eggs directly into the oil. Cook for 2–3 minutes until the whites are partially cooked. Tilt the pan and spoon the hot oil over the egg whites until they are fully cooked (I like my yolk runny, but cook yours to your liking). Season with salt.
  5. Divide the fried rice between two serving plates and garnish with the fried shallots, sliced chilli and fried eggs on top. Serve with crackers.

For more of where this delicious recipe came from, buy a copy of Lara's new book Coconut & Sambal here.

Tune into our Instagram stories tomorrow (20.05.20) at 12:30pm to cook this recipe live with Lara - make sure your ingredients are pre-chopped!

Author: Lara Lee

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