“My flavour-packed take on an Asian classic, with butternut squash for added goodness. ”
- 4 higher-welfare chicken thighs , skin off, bone out
- 1 heaped teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
- 1 tablespoon runny honey
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 fresh red chilli
- 1 organic chicken or vegetable stock cube
- 1 butternut squash , (neck end only)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 5 cm piece of ginger
- 1 fresh red chilli
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ a bunch spring onions
- 1 heaped teaspoon peanut butter
- 4 dried kaffir lime leaves
- ½ a bunch of fresh coriander
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon low-salt soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 300 g medium rice noodles
- 2 bunches of asparagus , (600g)
- 1 x 400 g tin of light coconut milk
- 3 limes
Ingredients out • Kettle boiled • Griddle pan, high heat • Large lidded pan, high heat • Food processor (coarse grater & bowl blade)
On a large sheet of greaseproof paper, toss the chicken with sea salt, black pepper and the five-spice.
Fold over the paper, then bash and flatten the chicken to 1.5cm thick with a rolling pin. Place on the hot griddle pan, turning after 3 or 4 minutes, until nicely charred and cooked through.
Pour about 800ml of boiling water into the large pan and crumble in the stock cube.
Trim the stalk off the squash, roughly chop the neck end (don’t peel, and keep the seed end for another day), then grate and tip into the boiling stock.
Peel the garlic and ginger. Swap to the bowl blade in the processor and add the garlic, ginger, chilli, turmeric, trimmed spring onions, peanut butter, lime leaves, coriander stalks (reserving the leaves), sesame oil, soy and fish sauces. Blitz to a paste, then tip into the stock and add the noodles.
Trim the asparagus and cut in half. Add to the pan, pour in the coconut milk, and as soon as it boils, taste, correct the seasoning with soy sauce and lime juice, then turn the heat off.
Drizzle the honey over the charred chicken, squeeze over the juice of 1 lime, scatter with the sesame seeds and toss to coat.
Serve with the laksa and lime wedges, sprinkling everything with the coriander leaves and slices of fresh chilli.
Source: Jamie Oliver