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Cumin Chicken and Mushroom Fried Rice

I absolutely love mushrooms!!! I can have them during all mealtime and I enjoy how easily they can be incorporated into nearly any dish you want!! I was deep in my love affair with mushrooms as I told you on twitter when I decided to make this recipe. It turned out way better than I had imagined and my mom really really enjoyed my cumin chicken and mushroom fried rice. And in my book, if mom  loves it, you know it is really good!!

Before we get into it, I would like to thank each one of you from the bottom of my heart for your support and encouragement through the years up until my being part of “Beyond The Plate: Best Food Blogs From Around The World”.  You are appreciated and I am where I am because of you! Thank you for all the warm comments and good vibes you all sent my way!  {{{*HUG*}}}

Now, let’s get into this bomb recipe!!

PREP TIME: 15 MIN         COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES             SERVES: 4


1 cup of basmati rice

400g of chicken breast, cubed

1 cup of button mushrooms, sliced

1 red onion, finely chopped

Coriander (Both stalks and leaves), chopped

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary

1/2 a teaspoon of cumin seeds

3 cinnamon sticks

1/2 a teaspoon of paprika

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

1 carrot, very finely cubed

Salt and pepper to taste

Vegetable oil for frying


Put your rice to cook. Once the rice is done, set aside. As that is going, prepare the other ingredients. I used button mushrooms for this recipe, which I bought at 150 bob a pack, and I cooked three other dishes with. How gorgeous do these look!!

In a pan, heat some vegetable oil and add your red onion, coriander stalks, cumin seeds and cinnamon sticks. Cook these until fragrant. And let e tell you, your kitchen will smell like paradise!!! I purchased both my cumin seeds and cinnamon sticks from Tuskys at  60 shillings and 120 shillings a pack. If you do not get the whole spices, the already ground cumin and cinnamon will do.

Add your chicken strips, which should be cut into strips or cubes , together with the paprika, pepper, rosemary, finely cubed carrots and garlic.Because the chicken is cut into thin strips, it will cook through really fast. Once the chicken has just started to turn white, add the mushrooms and cook everything until the chicken is completely cooked through. This will take 8-10 minutes.

Add your cooked rice into the pan and a tablespoon of dark mushroom soy sauce soy sauce. I bought my soy sauce from Tuskys at 110 bob.  Toss this with a fork until everything is completely combined. If you use a mwiko you may end up mashing the rice even without intending to, so a fork is best for this.

You can also use left over rice for this recipe, you do not have to make fresh and that’s what makes fried rice my go-to mid-week meal! It transforms plain rice into the tastiest meal ever!! Make sure your rice is nice and singular ,or ‘moja moja’ as Kenyans may say, so that your cumin chicken and mushroom fried rice looks attractive and not like a lumpy broken-up mass.

Once done discard your cinnamon sticks (if you used them), add your coriander leaved and serve hot!

It is meaty, mushroomy, fragrant, spicy and herby! All good things set in perfect balance that come together and unleash such an unforgettable feast!! The warm taste of the cinnamon and cumin awakens all the flavor and the herby rosemary and coriander keeps everything fresh! The garlic beautifully compliments the chicken and the mushroom tied everything together. Who knew such deep flavors could be developed in 20 minutes!??!

How gorgeous does this plate look?? You can check out my other fried rice recipes here, here and here, but before you do please please give my cumin chicken and mushroom fried rice a go <3.

Happy Friday!


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  1. Congratulations on being in the beyond the plate book. Your hard work is paying off. Keep going.
    Back to the meal, mushrooms are my 2nd food fear (sushi first 😭) I remember being told some mushrooms were poisonous as a child and that stuck in my mind, so silly IK.
    But the food looks delicious.


  2. Fantastic, hard to believe that you are a self taught cook. Presentation, colour and nutritional content. On spot.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      April 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      All self taught! It is safe to say, gifts from God come in different shapes and forms :DD. I hope you try this out <3

  3. Awesome!
    Just awesome

  4. where did you buy the mushroom

  5. I made this a while back and it was incredibly delish!!

  6. I tried this at home! they all liked it..

  7. This recipe just does it for me.Love your work,love your cooking,love your blog to bits.Well done mkhana!
    XoXo Lee

  8. Kaluhi, I’ve use made this for lunch. Nomnom levels on a hunnid!

  9. You inspire me!! Much love

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