Step 1: Start the Rice
Begin by pouring the specified amount of cold water into a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Add the rice and a quarter teaspoon of salt. Bring this mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to its lowest setting and let it cook for 10 minutes. After this, remove the pan from the heat but keep it covered, allowing it to sit for another 10 minutes. The rice will continue to cook in its own steam.
Step 2: Prep Work
While the rice is cooking, start prepping the other ingredients. Halve the shallot, peel it, and slice it thinly. Trim the green beans and cut them into thirds. Peel the garlic and grate it, or use a garlic press if you have one. Lastly, chop the coriander, including the stalks.
Step 3: Sear the Chicken
Next, heat a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the diced chicken to the hot pan, seasoning it with salt and pepper. Stir-fry the chicken until it turns a golden brown color, which should take about 5-6 minutes.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to wash your hands and any equipment used after handling raw chicken.
If your pan is small, it’s best to fry the chicken in batches to ensure it fries rather than stews. Once the chicken is browned, add the sliced shallot to the pan and continue cooking until it softens, stirring frequently. This should take about 3-4 minutes.
Step 4: Simmer the Ingredients
Now, stir in the garlic, curry powder, and mango chutney, making sure the chicken is well-coated. Cook this mixture for a minute before adding the specified amount of water and the chicken stock paste. Add the green beans, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Cover the pan with a lid or some tin foil and let it simmer until the beans are tender, which should take about 5-7 minutes.
Step 5: Final Touches
Once the beans are tender and the chicken is cooked through, remove the lid and stir in the soured cream. Bring the mixture to a boil again, then take it off the heat.
IMPORTANT: The chicken is fully cooked when it is no longer pink in the middle.
Stir in half of the chopped coriander. Taste the mixture and add more salt and pepper if needed.
Step 6: Plate and Serve
Finally, fluff up the cooked rice with a fork and serve it with the coronation chicken on top. Sprinkle the remaining coriander over the dish for garnish. Enjoy your homemade Coronation Chicken!