Cheap Easy Meals | Satay Chicken with Rice

Here to help you keep costs down while traveling on a budget with a cheap, easy and healthy backpacker meal each week.

Clearly not a great meal for those with a nut allergy, however Satay Chicken with Rice is a seriously tasty (and easy) meal for the rest for us!

Cooking & Preparation Time 15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 3 cup Rice
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 400g chicken thigh fillets, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 180g green beans, halved
  • 1 carrot, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) satay sauce


  1. Place the rice in a large heatproof bowl and cover with 6 cups of boiling water and add 1 tsp of butter and microwave for 10 – 15 mins, making sure you stir every 3 – 5mins and until water has absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the fry pan on high and add the oil.
  3. Once oil is heated add the chicken and stir for 5 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  4. Add the beans, carrot and Stir for 3 minutes.
  5. Add sauce to the fry pan and toss until heated through and well combined.
  6. Add cooked rice to individual bowls.
  7. Divide the fry pan mixture between the bowls coating the rice with the mix.

OR - have chicken satay skewers like in the picture instead - skewers are a great snack when you have friends round.

    Budget Super Saver Tips

    - Swap it: For a different flavour, swap the chicken thigh fillets for beef stir-fry strips.

    - 'Share with friends', you can easily make a huge batch and split the cost between your fellow backpackers

    - Stretch out the meal by adding extra rice, onion and vegetable, such as capsicum, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms. Again depending on your liking.


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