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Chicken on Rice with Hot Yellow Bean Sauce -
In Thailand, you can spot a Kow Mun Gai street vendor by the pale boiled chickens hanging by their necks in a glass case. Kow Mun Gai is a very popular Thai lunch and also late night snack. Kow Mun Gai is supposed to be served with yellow bean sauce and winter melon soup.

Servings: 2
Prep Time:
 20 min
       Ingredients How to?

  •  1 chicken breast
  •  10 sprigs cilantro
  •  cucumber
  •  10 cloves garlic
  •  1 pinch ground pepper
  •  1 Jasmine Rice
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  •  4-5 cups water
  •  2 cups cut winter melon Optional
  •  2 tablespoons dark sweet soy sauce Optional

    Tips and Techniques: If you want super flavorful rice, start with chicken bones, lots of them. Boil the chicken bones for at least one hour. Then when you’re ready to cook your rice, your soup will have great flavors. Another secret to get flavorful rice is garlic, add a handful in with the rice. If you’d rather cook your rice in the rice cooker, you can add the rice and broth into the rice cooker after cooking in oil. Or, if you looking for shortcuts, add the rice, oil, garlic and broth in the rice cooker altogether.
  • Remove bone and skin from the chicken. You can remove the bone and skin later. But the chicken will be easier to slice when cooked. Add the bone, skin and breast to 4-5 cups of water on high heat. If you have extra bones, skin and fat, add them for extra flavor.
  •  Leave the lid off for a clear soup. Add garlic to the soup. Also, add cilantro roots or leaves, salt and pepper. When water starts to boil, turn heat down to let the broth simmer. Remove the chicken breast when cooked.
  •  Add the oil to a pot, pour rice in. Stir to coat the rice with oil. You can see the rice starts to turn whiter. Add 7 cloves of garlic. Cook the rice for a minute more. You can see the garlic start to get cooked. Add about almost a cup of chicken broth to the rice. The ratio of rice to water is almost one to one, less water. Especially, new crop of rice has more water content. So, reduce the water by 10%. You want the rice to fluffy, not mushy.
  •  When the rice is boiled, turn down heat to the lowest heat available on your stove. Close the lid and let it cook until tender. It should take about 15 minutes or so.
  •  If you decided to add winter melon, remove the hard skin and cut the melon into big chunks, 2 inches by 3 inches. Drop the melon in the broth. Let it simmer until tender. You can also keep it simmering for a long time.
  •  To serve, put rice on a plate and top with sliced chicken. Add sliced cucumber. Sprinkle cilantro on top of chicken and soup. Serve with hot yellow bean sauce in a small bowl and a separate bowl of soup. For kids, serve the rice and chicken with dark sweet soy sauce.
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