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Andy Bates is known for his hearty street food. His modern twists on classic dishes are fuelled by his international travels and a passion for re-discovering and cooking great British food. As the gaffer of specialist food company ‘Eat My Pies’, Andy brings the best of British food back to the public, including classic tarts, pies, Scotch eggs and, of course, some tasty puddings.

Andy is a contributing chef for Food Network UK and has already had two successful series broadcast on the channel - Andy Bates Street Feasts and Andy Bates American Street Feasts. His latest series, Andy Bates Brazilian Street Feasts, launched in February 2014. All three series follow him as he travels across continents to explore the world of street food and find the stories and people behind the recipes. As a result, he has become a leading expert on street food, with regular appearances on the street food circuit. Andy, who lives by the quote "You should always finish on a little bit of pudding", has also written a cookbook offering modern twists on classic dishes.

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Chicken & Prawn Xim Xim

Andy Bates


Somewhere between a stew and a curry, with fragrant flavours, this dish is reminiscent of Thailand and Africa. The name Xim Xim means stew in some African dialects and almost certainly originates from the African continent. This dish is huge in flavour, packs a strong punch and is a real crowd-pleaser. Serve with boiled rice.


Serves 4-6


  • 4 chicken thighs, cut into 2-3cm chunks
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ cup roasted peanuts, ground
  • ½ cup of roasted cashews
  • 80-100g dried shrimps, ground in a food processor – see Cook’s notes
  • 2 teaspoons tomato purée
  • 600ml hot chicken stock
  • 200g king prawns, shells and heads removed and deveined
  • 50g creamed coconut, grated
  • Small bunch fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped



In a bowl, combine the chicken, garlic, lime juice and zest, cover and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Heat the olive oil in the non-stick frying pan on a low to medium heat. Cook the chicken until sealed all over and golden.

Add the onions and cook for around 5 minutes or until soft but not coloured.

Next add the chilli, ginger and turmeric and fry for a further 2 minutes.

Add the nuts, dried shrimps and tomato purée. Stir to combine then add the chicken stock. Cook for 20 minutes to a thick, stew-like consistency.

Finally, add the prawns and creamed coconut and cook for a further 3 minutes.

Garnish with the coriander and spring onions and serve with boiled rice.

Cook's Notes

  • Dried shrimps can be ordered online or bought from Asian supermarkets. Alternatively use 1 tablespoon shrimp paste or a few dashes of fish sauce.
  • Large, cooked prawns can be used instead of raw, if preferred.