Chicken Fried Rice

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I am in LOVE with fried rice.  In love like I-could-eat-it-every-day, what’s-wrong-with-fried-rice-for-breakfast and I’d-choose-it-over-thin-mints kind of love.  Well…maybe I wouldn’t choose it over thin mints.  I’d probably just eat those for dessert.  (WHY would I ever choose between the two?!).  My roommate also really likes fried rice, and the other night he ordered some from one of our favorite thai places.  I am trying to be frugal, with the whole “it’s a new year, let’s try to save money” resolution.  SO I decided I would make some of my favorite chicken fried rice at home!!

Craving some chicken fried rice? This recipe is here to save the day! It's sure to make a bad day better, and a good day fabulous!

This recipe is really simple.  You can use any veggies you have on hand, but I tried to stick to a pretty traditional combination.

  • 2 eggs (these are often forgotten in homemade fried rice, but they are soooooo important).
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of frozen (thawed) peas
  • 1 cup of celery
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots (I used a vegetable peeler for these)
  • 3/4 cup of chopped chives
  • 4 cups of sushi rice
  • 1.5 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • sesame seeds (just a sprinkling!)

Craving some chicken fried rice? This recipe is here to save the day! It's sure to make a bad day better, and a good day fabulous!

The best part about cooking at home (other than saving money and calories) is feeling that sense of pride you get from a delicious meal.  That feeling you get when you make a copycat version of a favorite recipe, or when someone tastes something you made from scratch and looks at you with pure bliss in their eyes. I normally like to share the recipes I make with the people around me, but this one… well, I’ll be honest, after I made it, it was so delicious that I ate it for every meal of the day until it was gone.  And I did not share.  Oops.  I suppose I’ll just have to make it again!

Craving some chicken fried rice? This recipe is here to save the day! It's sure to make a bad day better, and a good day fabulous!

This recipe is really simple.  First cook the rice according to the package directions and set aside.  I used sushi rice, because it’s kind of sticky and it absorbs the sauce well.  While the rice is cooking you can start with the chicken.  Cut the two chicken breasts into cubes and season with salt and pepper.  Then sauté with half of the sesame oil.  Set the chicken aside.  In the same pan, pour the remaining sesame oil and add the peas, carrots and celery and cook until they start to soften.  Once they’ve softened, add the chives.  Stir to mix together and then push them aside to create a hole in the center of the veggies for the egg (I know that sentence sounds weird, but the picture below might help you understand what I’m saying).

Craving some chicken fried rice? This recipe is here to save the day! It's sure to make a bad day better, and a good day fabulous!

Adding egg is the most crucial part of this recipe.  I swear, the egg is the one ingredient that really sells the fried rice for me.  Whisk two eggs together and place them in the center where you’ve separated the veggies.  This will start to cook a little, and once it does, you can start to mix the veggies in it.  This will spread the egg all around and make it stringy like how restaurant fried rice is.  Once the egg has cooked, add the chicken, rice and soy sauce to the pan and mix.

Craving some chicken fried rice? This recipe is here to save the day! It's sure to make a bad day better, and a good day fabulous!

Once it’s all mixed up it will yield about 7 servings.  A serving is one HEAPING cup of deliciousness.  Top with more fresh chopped chives and sesame seeds and serve with some cute chopsticks!  YUM!

Craving some chicken fried rice? This recipe is here to save the day! It's sure to make a bad day better, and a good day fabulous!

Here’s a closeup of the fried rice, just to make you drool a little.  I quickly photographed it and then proceeded to sit on my couch and gobble it up while binge watching netflix.  I mean, that’s probably what I’d do with takeout fried rice, so why can’t I do it for the homemade stuff too?  😀

Craving some chicken fried rice? This recipe is here to save the day! It's sure to make a bad day better, and a good day fabulous!

Here’s an extra super close, closeup of the chicken fried rice.  As I’m writing this post, my tummy is grumbling and I’m starting to get food envy of my own photos!  One guess as to what I’m making for dinner tonight!!

Craving some chicken fried rice? This recipe is here to save the day! It's sure to make a bad day better, and a good day fabulous!

So that’s it!  The fried rice is done and super simple!  It’s cleaner, healthier, less costly and – dare I say – even yummier than takeout!  With this recipe you can have fried rice any time you want!

Chicken Fried Rice
 
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Serves: 7
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs (these are often forgotten in homemade fried rice, but they are soooooo important).
  • 2 chicken breasts (seasoned with salt and pepper)
  • 1 cup of frozen (thawed) peas
  • 1 cup of celery
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots (I used a vegetable peeler for these)
  • ¾ cup of chopped chives
  • 4 cups of sushi rice
  • 1.5 tablespoons of sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • sesame seeds (just a sprinkling!)
Instructions
  1. Gather your ingredients.
  2. Peel the carrots and chop the celery.
  3. Chop the chicken into cubes and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cook the rice according to the package directions and set aside.
  5. While the rice is cooking you can start with the chicken. Take your cubed and seasoned chicken and sauté with half of the sesame oil.
  6. Set the chicken aside.
  7. In the same pan, pour the remaining sesame oil and add the peas, carrots and celery and cook until they start to soften.
  8. Once they've softened, add the chives.
  9. Stir to mix together and then push them aside to create a hole in the center of the veggies for the egg.
  10. Whisk two eggs together and place them in the center where you've separated the veggies.
  11. This will start to cook a little, and once it does, you can start to mix the veggies in it. Doing this will spread the egg all around and make it stringy like how restaurant fried rice is.
  12. Once the egg has cooked, add the chicken, rice and soy sauce to the pan and mix.
  13. It will yield seven HEAPING cups of deliciousness!

 

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