Miso sesame chicken

I never knew what miso was. I saw it in a lot of recipes, but seeing as I could never get my hands on some, I just flipped the recipe page.

I finally managed to track down a bottle, unaware of what it was till the bottle was shipped to be and I opened it up. Its fermented mushrooms and boy what a lovely smell when you open up the bottle. I was going to taste it straight out of the bottle.

But as I was dipping the spoon in the bottle and reading the writing on the bottle and I came across fermented from 6 months. I threw the spoon and whatever miso that was on the spoon in the bin and shoved the container far farrr farrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr in the back of the fridge, behind the cheese where I would not have to look at it, unless a recipe required.

I don’t think I could stomach looking at the bottle every time I opened the fridge.

When I came across this recipe in The Mandala Kitchen cookbook by Marlien Wright, I decided to give it a try. I was a bit sceptical about using miso, I was under the impression that the dish would be really smell, like 3 month old fermented mushrooms.

Surprisingly enough it didn’t smell or taste like it at all.

The end result of this dish was amazing and so light and refreshing and yet such a filling meal on the whole.

The crunch of the broccoli was just what the dish needed and I ate all my broccoli and I am not a broccoli fan at all.

My father ate in silence and refused seconds I think it was because he is not a broccoli fan.


  • 2 x cups brown rice, cooked.
  • 400g x chicken fillet cubed.
  • 1 x cup broccoli florets, steamed.
  • 1 x tbsp. coconut oil.
  • 10 x spring onions, chopped.
  • 1 x tbsp. rice vinegar.
  • 2 x tsp miso paste.
  • 2 x tsp ginger garlic paste.
  • 1 x tbsp. toasted sesame seeds.


  • Season the cubed chicken generously.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add the onions and saute till soft.
  • Add the chicken and brown evenly on both sides of the chicken.
  • Add the rice and toss.
  • Add the rice vinegar, miso paste and ginger garlic paste.
  • Toss everything together so that everything mixes well together.
  • Add the broccoli and mix.
  • Add the rice and toss once again.
  • Garnish with the toasted sesame seeds.

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