Citizen Reporter
4 minute read
4 Oct 2021
5:07 pm

Four yummy 15-minute meal ideas to try this week

Citizen Reporter

These 15-minute meals are both quick and delicious.

Thai prawn curry. Picture: iStock

These 15-minute meals take the strain of cooking away but still pack a punch when it comes to flavour. And, considering the fact that we have reached the 10th month of the year already, slogging over a hot stove is just not an option.

And, they’re totally Instagram-worthy too.

Chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad


  • Chicken breasts 2, small
  • Dried oregano 1 tsp
  • Dried chilli flakes 1 tsp
  • Olive oil
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Red onion 1/2, finely diced
  • Garlic 1/2 small clove, crushed
  • Rocket 2 handfuls
  • Coriander a small bunch, leaves picked
  • Flat-leaf parsley a small bunch, leaves picked


  1. Lay the two chicken breasts between clingfilm and bash until they are 1cm thick.
  2. Put in a bowl with the oregano, chilli flakes, some seasoning and 2 tsp olive oil.
  3. Whisk 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil and the red wine vinegar together with some seasoning in a bowl and add the red onion and garlic.
  4. Heat a griddle pan to high and fry the chicken pieces for 3-4 minutes on each side until chargrilled and cooked through.
  5. Rest on a plate for 2 minutes before slicing.
  6. Add the rocket, coriander and parsley leaves to the dressing and toss well.
  7. Pile onto plates and top with the sliced chicken and any resting juices

Source: Olivemagazine

Chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad
Chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad
Image: iStock

Quick Lamb Tagine


  • 2 small aubergines
  • 300g quality lamb neck fillet
  • 1 heaped teaspoon garam masala
  • olive oil
  • a few sprigs of fresh coriander
  • 1 mug (300g) couscous
  • 1 heaped tablespoon shelled pistachios
  • 1 heaped tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 good pinch of saffron
  • 650 g ripe mixed-colour tomatoes
  • 1 preserved lemon
  • 4 spring onions
  • ½ –1 fresh red chilli


  1. Prick the whole aubergines all over with a fork, then cook in the microwave (800W) for 7 minutes.
  2. Put 1 mug of couscous and 2 mugs of boiling water into a bowl and cover.
  3. Cut the lamb into 8 pieces and flatten with your fist, then toss with sea salt, black pepper and the garam masala. Put into the large frying pan with 1 tablespoon of oil, turning when golden.
  4. Toast the cumin crunch mix in the medium frying pan until lightly golden, then pound in a pestle and mortar. Return the empty pan to a low heat.
  5. Carefully transfer the aubergines to a board, then halve lengthways and add to the lamb pan, skin side down, pushing the lamb to the side. Put the saffron into a mug half-filled with boiling water.
  6. Roughly chop the tomatoes, finely chop the preserved lemon, trim and slice the spring onions and chilli, then add it all to the medium frying pan with 2 tablespoons of oil, the saffron and its soaking water.
  7. Turn the heat up to high, bring to the boil, then season to taste.
  8. Fluff up the couscous, then spoon over a large serving board or platter.
  9. Flip the aubergine over to soak up the pan juices, then place on top of the couscous and pour over the tomatoes and any juices.
  10. Lay over the lamb, then scatter with the cumin crunch and the coriander leaves. Serve with the yoghurt.


lamb tagine
Lamb tagine
Image: iStock

Thai green prawn curry


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp Thai green curry paste, or to taste
  • 125ml coconut milk
  • 75g sugar snap peas, thickly sliced diagonally
  • 85g cooked prawns, peeled
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • small handful coriander, chopped, to serve
  • noodles, to serve


  1. For this 15-minute meal, heat the oil in a wok or large saucepan. Add the shallot and garlic, and stir-fry for 1-2 mins. Add the curry paste, coconut cream and 50ml water, and bubble for 2 mins.
  2. Add the sugar snap peas and cook for 1-2 mins until just beginning to soften.
  3. Add the prawns, soy sauce and lemon juice and heat through. Stir in the coriander and serve straight away with noodles.

Source: BBC Good Food

thai green prawn curry
Thai Green Prawn Curry
Image: iStock

Chicken broccoli stir fry


  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 500g Chicken Thigh Fillets, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, cut into wedges
  • 450g packet hokkien noodles
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp crushed ginger
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets, stem halved lengthways and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) oyster sauce
  • 1/2 cup (75g) unsalted cashews, toasted


  1. Cook the noodles. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Stir-fry the chicken, in 2 batches, for 2 mins or until golden brown and cooked through, transferring to a plate between batches
  3. Combine the chicken, onion, garlic, ginger and broccoli florets and stems in the wok or pan. Stir-fry for 4 mins or until broccoli is tender.
  4. Add the oyster sauce with 1/4 cup (60ml) water and cashews. Stir-fry for 2 mins or until heated through. Divide noodles and stir-fry among serving bowls. Serve immediately.


Chicken Broccoli stir fry
Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry
Image: iStock