Asian Fried Rice with Five-Spice Chicken, Red Bellafina Peppers, and Egg “Noodles”

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Serves 4

2 eggs, whisked together with 1 tablespoon water and a pinch of salt
2 cups cooked basmati or jasmine rice
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 heaped teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
6 chicken thigh fillets, cut into thin strips
3-4 red Bellafina peppers, julienned, or a combination of red and yellow
1 small shallot
a pinch of red chili flakes
a thumb sized knob of ginger, grated
3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 limes
3 scallions, finely diced
toasted black sesame seeds
fresh coriander, to finish

Heat a drop of vegetable oil in a medium-sized non stick frying pan and pour in the egg mixture. Cook through on a gentle heat, slide out of the pan and roll up to form a panckae. Slice into 1cm wide strips to form a type of egg noodle.

Heat the vegetable and the sesame oil in a wok or large frying pan. Rub the five spice powder into the chicken strips and add to the pan when the oil is super-hot. Once the chicken has taken on some color, add the peppers, shallot, chili and ginger. Stir-fry for several minutes until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are just tender, but still have a bit of crunch. Add the rice to the chicken and warm through. Pour over the soy sauce and spritz with the juice of a lime. Fold through the egg noodles and finish off with a scattering of sesame seeds.

Serve with fresh coriander, lime cheeks and extra diced chili, if you like a bit of extra heat.

Adapted from a recipe from bibbyskitchen36.com