Sunday, September 21, 2008

Chicken Fried Rice

I love fried rice, and was so excited last year to find a good, simple recipe to make at home. I found this on Food Network's website, from the show How To Boil Water.

Chicken Fried Rice
1/3 c. vegetable oil
2 chicken breasts, diced to bite-size pieces
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped (I have never done this. Not a ginger person)
3 whole scallions, thinly sliced, white and greens separated
1 1/3 c. medley frozen veggies (peas and carrots works great because they are small, like the rice)
4 large eggs, beaten
4 cups cold cooked long grain rice, white or jasmine (The recipe says it's important to use cold rice because it keeps the rice from sticking together)

Heat a large heavy-bottomed nonstick skillet over high heat. When hot, add 1 tablespoon oil. Add the chicken and cook until lightly browned. Add the onions to the pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until onion is fragrant. Add the garlic, ginger and scallion whites and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the frozen vegetables. Cook until defrosted, but still crisp (no more than 3-4 min). Transfer contents of skillet to a large bowl.
Add 2 more Tbsp. of oil and the eggs. Season with salt and pepper, stir constantly and cook until almost set but still moist, transfer to the bowl with veggies and chicken. Add last of oil and rice to the pan. Use a spoon to break up any clumps. Season with salt and pepper and stir-fry the rice to coat with oil. Stop stirring and let the rice cook undisturbed, for about 2 min. Stir the rice again, breaking up any new clumps. Add the scallion greens. Transfer to the bowl.
Stir all ingredients together, season with salt and pepper as needed.
Add soy sauce if you like (yes, please!)
This may seem like lots of steps, but it is some good eats!! If you like fried (I keep typing fired and it's driving me crazy!) rice, give it a try. I think you will be pleased. I always am!


Amanda said...

You started a cooking blog! Awesome blossom!!

Jennifer said...

YUMMY! I love chicken fried rice! We'll have to try this!

Maggie said...

this is a fav of my family- I will have to try it!

Your Mom said...

This is the only Chicken Fried Rice recipe I use and the girls love it. Great blog! I'll have fun reading it. I'm proud of you!