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Ginger and Lime Chicken Legs with Coconut Rice Extracted from Beat the Budget by Mimi Harrison (Ebury Press, £16.99). Photography by Mimi Harrison.
July 2023
Reading time 2 Minutes
This is one of my favourite recipes in the book. Not only is it one-pot, but it also requires minimal prep. I love how comforting a meal it is, yet every mouthful feels so fresh and vibrant, with the zingy ginger notes and the kick of lime, contrasting with creamy coconut rice. Oh, and if you're looking for the gains, this recipe has 60 grams of protein in it. Woohoo!
Preparation time
5 minutes
Cooking time
40 minutes
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 5 chicken legs (about 1.1kg)
  • 50g spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 350g rice, rinsed
  • 750ml chicken stock
  • Juice of 1/2 lime, plus wedges to serve
  • 1 x 400g can coconut milk
  • 100g tenderstem broccoli, florets sliced and stems thinly sliced
  • Handful of fresh coriander, torn to serve
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Set a deep pan over a medium heat and add the rapeseed oil. Season both sides of the chicken legs with salt and pepper, then place the legs skin-side down in the pan and leave to fry for around 15 minutes.

Rotate and cook the chicken legs for a further 15 minutes on the other side. The skin should be crispy and golden brown and the meat almost cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the spring onion to the same pan (reserving some of the greener ends for garnish) and add the garlic and ginger. Fry over a medium heat for a few minutes.

Add the rice to the pan and stir, then pour in the stock, lime juice and coconut milk.

Add the chicken legs back to the pan, skin-side facing upwards. Cover and leave to cook over a medium/low heat for 18 minutes, adding the broccoli after eight minutes.

Garnish with the reserved green spring onion ends, lime wedges and fresh coriander and dig in!

Meal Prep Tip: Separate portions of broccoli and coconut rice into sealed containers along with a cooked chicken leg in each container. Chill in the fridge for up to three days or freeze for up to three months. If eating from frozen, defrost in the fridge overnight. To reheat from chilled, heat in the microwave for two minutes on high. Top with the garnishes (stored separately) and enjoy!

Extracted from Beat the Budget by Mimi Harrison (Ebury Press, £16.99). Photography by Mimi Harrison.

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