Nigerian fried rice with a chicken drumstick and fried plantain

Naima Regha

Naima Regha from Northumberland Heath Primary School in Dartford 2019 entrant

I wanted to make a dish that represents my country because I am proud to be from Nigeria. I always watch my mum cooking in the kitchen and this is one of my favourite Nigerian dishes.

Method

So first I washed the chicken drumsticks and put it a saucepan, I used one teaspoon of curry powder, 1 teaspoon of thyme, 1 teaspoon of chicken seasoning and 1 teaspoon of all purpose seasoning to season the chicken. I then added 2 cups of water to cover the chicken and covered the saucepan. I left this on the hob for 25 mins so the chicken would be well cooked. When the chicken was ready, I took the chicken out of the pot and put it in the oven to grill on 160 degrees for 15 minutes so it would be crispy. Next I poured 1 cup of rice into a bowl and I washed it with warm water until the water was clean. I then poured the mix veg into a bowl and washed it with cold water. Next I poured the rice and veg into the saucepan that I used for the chicken, because I added water to it, it created chicken stock which I need for the main dish. I mixed the rice and vegetables into the chicken stock until it was all covered in the stock. I then added 2 cups of water to the pot so that it was above the level of the rice and covered the pot and let it cook on the hob, and I kept checking it to see when the water and dried up and the rice was soft. Next I peeled the plantain and cut it into rectangles, I then poured 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil into a frying pan on low heat. When the oil was hot I placed the plantain in the pan to fry, I waited a few minutes then I turned it over so both sides could fry. When it was ready I took it out of the pan.

Ingredients

*1 cup of easy cook long grain rice
* 100 grams of mix veg
* 200 grams of chicken drumsticks
* 1 teaspoon of curry powder
* 1 teaspoon of thyme
* 1 teaspoon of chicken seasoning
* 1 teaspoon of all purpose seasoning
* Chicken stock which I made myself
* 1 plantain
* 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil