Yet another useful midweek meal idea from the people of Fairtrade. This one I tried out over the weekend, and I can say that it’s pretty good!

Although I didn’t have a lid large enough to cover the pan while it simmered the second time, and I forgot to buy the lemon for the last squeeze, this recipe turned out a success. I can personally recommend it to all who might want to try a new dish to brighten up their midweek meal doldrums while also helping out people in need from around the world!

Fairtrade Malawi Savory Rice

Serves 2

Prep time: 30 min

Cooking time: 30 min

Ingredients

125g thick-cut streaky bacon, cut into squares

2 Tbsp groundnut oil/light olive oil/rapeseed oil (I used olive)

1 large red onion, thinly sliced

Half a green chili, sliced

2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped

1 large chicken breast (250g), which can be marinated overnight in lemon & thyme if you choose, cut into medium sized chunks

400g Basmati rice

700ml chicken stock

A handful of coriander, roughly chopped

4 Tbsp Fairtrade Liberation crunchy peanut butter (this really added a nice texture and flavor to the dish)

1 green pepper (I used yellow for a bit more flavor)

Half a spring onion, sliced (depending on size you can use more)

squeeze of lemon

salt

Fairtrade peanuts and/or cashew nuts

Method

1. Heat the oil in a large cooking pot and fry the bacon until golden brown. Stir in the onions and sweat down for a further 5 min, then add the garlic and chili. (I kept the onions cooking until soft to keep the texture more consistent, but if you like that crunchy onion, then go for shorter!)

2. Stir in the diced chicken and rice (dry) and fry everything for a few minutes, making sure the rice doesn’t stick to the pan. Add the stock (and some salt) and put a lid on the pot.

3. Simmer for ten minutes, stir in the peanut butter, then turn the heat right down and leave for a further ten minutes.

4. Add half the pepper and coriander, and season to taste.

5. Serve hot or cold as a starter or main course, garnishing with the remaining green pepper, green chili and coriander. Add a squeeze of lemon and a final scattering of your Fairtrade peanuts or cashews.

Its tasty! Give it a try this week, and let us know how it turns out! And remember to use that Fairtrade peanut butter so you can get that warm fuzzy feeling inside, knowing you’ve helped out the world. Just like a superhero.

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