This week on Donal's Meals in Minutes, Donal Skehan dishes up a delicious serving of Chilli Jam Chicken & Nam Pla Rice. Tune into RTÉ One at 8:30pm, every Tuesday, to watch the show.


Serves: 2

Cooking Time: 55 minutes

For the chicken:

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 large thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp Sweet chilli Sauce
  • 45g cashew nuts

For the Nam Pla rice:

  • 125g basmati rice, cooked and cooled
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 shallot, finely sliced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed and finely chopped
  • ½ red chilli, finely sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp Nam Pla fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • A good handful coriander, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas mark 7. In a large dish, whisk together the rapeseed oil, fish sauce and rice wine along with the ginger and garlic.
  2. Add the chicken thighs to the dish. Toss to coat. At this point, you can cover the dish with cling wrap and place in the fridge to marinate for a few hours, or you cook them straight away.
  3. Place the marinated chicken thighs in a large roasting tray, leaving about 2.5cm between the thighs to allow them space to crisp up. Cook for 35 minutes until crispy, then take out of the oven and use a pastry brush to brush each thigh with chilli sauce until they are all coated.
  4. Place back in the oven to cook for a further 10 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
  5. Place a frying pan over a medium high heat and add a drop of oil. Fry the shallots, lemongrass and chilli for 2 minutes or until aromatic. Add in the cooled basmati rice and season with fish sauce and lime juice. Fry for 2-3 minutes until warmed through.
  6. Serve the rice in flat bowls with the chilli chicken thighs and cashew nuts.
  7. Garnish with sliced spring onions & Cashew Nuts.


- Per serving; 685kcal (calories), 47g Fat, 9g Sat, 31g carbohydrate, 2g Fibre, 34g Protein

- Great source of protein (mainly from chicken)

- Great source of Niacin (also found in chicken) and important for healthy skin, blood cells and brain.


- Rapeseed oil has a great fat profile (nearly as good as olive oil but not quite). It has a high smoking point which means you can heat it to a good high temperature before some chemical changes take place.

- Importantly it’s more economical than olive oil if your budget is tight.

- Serve this in a Buddha bowl type presentation. Yummy


Cashew nuts

Nuts are high in calories but contain very healthy monounsaturated fat, essential vitamins, minerals and fibre. Certain nuts like Walnuts and seeds such as flaxseeds and chai seeds are also good sources of omega 3 fatty acids. As they are so nutrient dense, yet high in calories, you only need small amounts to get all the benefits e.g. a small handful or about 30g contains about 200 kcals.

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