Sushi with black bean & garlic chicken, avocado and crunchy tempura flakes

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You know that sushi craving you get every so often? With me, it tends to happen on a daily basis. What else is there to do then.. except spending your night off rolling some scrumptious sushi rolls? I decided to make a budget friendly roll without any expensive fish, so I opted for some delicious chicken in a sweet but umami black bean and garlic sauce. Together with the creamy avocado and the crunchy tempura flakes, this makes for an unexpectedly delicious roll!

To this day, I am grateful for having grown up in a household in which sushi was made on an almost monthly basis. Although I am far from being a pro, my parents have taught me well – my rolls may not be perfectly round but at least they don’t fall apart! This was also the first time I attempted inside out rolls, and I am quite proud of the result. If you’ve never made sushi before, don’t be intimidated, it’s really not as hard as it seems. Check out some youtube tutorials and you are good to go!

Here’s how to assemble these rolls:

Start by slicing up your chicken thighs; one piece fills up two rolls, so how much chicken you need depends on how many rolls you want to make. In the mean time, cook your sushi rice in your rice cooker: one cup is enough for two rolls. In a frying pan, heat up some sesame oil and throw in 1-2 cloves of minced garlic, a teaspoon of ginger paste and a finely chopped red chili. Then, add your chicken slices and a tablespoon of Chinese fermented black bean sauce. Once your chicken is almost cooked through, add about two teaspoons of honey to sweeten it.

For the crispy tempura flakes, add about two tablespoons of (coconut) oil in a small frying pan over medium high heat. Sprinkle in about a third of a cup of Japanese panko bread crumbs. The crumbs fry up incredibly fast, mine only needed about a minute. Once they’re golden brown, scoop the flakes out of the pan and lay them on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil.

Slice your avocado and also slice your spring onion into strips length wise. Once your rice  is done, lay down your nori (seaweed) and spread on the rice. If you want to make the rolls inside-out, check out this tutorial. Don’t forget to sprinkle sesame seeds on the rice if you have some on hand. Assemble your chicken, avocado, tempura flakes and spring onion and roll up!

Usually I’m all about that fresh fish sushi, but we can’t have it all: especially on a student budget. This black bean chicken would be delicious on its own, but is even better hugged in by the creamy avocado and fluffy rice. Instead of ordering from your local sushi joint every time you get that craving, why not try making some yourself for once? It’s not just delicious, it’s also really fun!




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