chicken fried rice

January 8, 2016

prep time: 25 minutes       cook time: 15 minutes       total time: 40 minutes
yields 4-6 servingschicken-fried-rice-12

ingredients
for chicken and marinade:
1 large chicken breast, diced
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp sesame oil

you’ll also need:
1 T hot water
1/4 tsp sugar
1 T regular/light soy sauce
pepper
3 T canola oil, divided
2 eggs, beaten
1 medium onion, diced
4 c cooked rice
1 c bean sprouts
1 scallion, chopped
1 T cooking wine

other optional ingredients: chunks of ham (leftover deli meat), canned corn, frozen vegetables or fresh vegetables

directions

  1. combine chicken and marinade ingredients and set aside while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. next, combine the hot water, sugar, soy sauces, and pepper in a small bowl. this is the sauce that you’ll be adding to the rice, and it’s much easier to have it combined and ready to go before you start cooking.
  3. take your cooked rice and fluff it with a fork or with your hands (you can rinse your hands in cold water if the rice starts sticking to them). if you are using cold leftover rice, try to break up the clumps as best as possible.
  4. heat the wok over medium high heat and add 1 T of oil. add the eggs and scramble them until just done. you can even start scooping them up when they look like they are almost done and set aside. they will continue to cook in the bowl and you will cook them again in the rice.
  5. heat the wok until just smoking and spread another tablespoon of oil around your wok. sear the marinated chicken in one layer for 20 seconds. stir-fry the chicken until about 80% done. remove the chicken to your marinade bowl and set aside.
  6. optional ingredients – stir fry frozen/fresh vegetables in a tablespoon of oil and season. scoop out and set aside.
  7. with the wok over medium high heat, add another tablespoon of oil and saute the onions until translucent. add the rice and flatten out and break up any large clumps. if the rice is cold from the refrigerator, continue stir-frying until the rice is warmed up, which will take about 5 minutes. sprinkling a little water over large clumps of rice will help break them up more easily. if the rice was made fresh, cooking time will be faster. just make sure that the rice isn’t too wet, which will make frying it difficult.
  8. once the rice is warmed (very important or the sauce will not mix as well and the color of the rice will not be as uniform), add the sauce mixture and mix until the rice is evenly coated with sauce. you will have to break up any remaining clumps of rice as best as possible. the rice should be hot by this time.
  9. now add the chicken and any  juices from the bowl you set aside earlier and stir fry for another minute.
  10. add the eggs, bean sprouts, ham, corn, frozen/fresh vegetables, and scallions, and continue stir-frying the rice for another 30 seconds. serve while hot !

source

good stuff, but not nearly as good as my dad makes. i had some leftover frozen deli meat that i hadn’t used and got that out, thawed it, chopped it up, and threw it in with the rice. i also used a can of corn. i probably should’ve seasoned the corn on its own… oh well. i would’ve liked to use bean sprouts, but didn’t have any on hand.

this fried rice looks like the type that you’d find sold in a chinese restaurant partially because of the brown coloring. when my dad makes his fried rice, it’s still white. i could go without the sauce next time, but then i’d have to season the dish pretty well since the rice will be without the soy sauce.

overall, this was a pretty easy dish to cook, although it’s a lot of cooking ingredients separately, setting them aside, and then combining everything at the end with the rice.

can’t wait to eat leftovers for dinner tonight =]

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