Chicken fried rice is one of those Chinese takeout items that we all love, so why not make it yourself at home? It’s easier than you think, and it’s so, so good! This is one of those recipes that is perfect for using up leftovers. It’s so versatile, that you can include any types of vegetables you may have on hand.
If you don’t have any leftover chicken, buy an oven-roasted chicken which is available at most groceries (Giant Eagle carries them every day). They are pre-cooked and delicious – just cook some rice, add vegetables, and voila!
So many people think that the ingredients of Chinese cookery are a mystery and not available in every kitchen. Garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil are present in many Chinese dishes – having these ingredients on hand gives you what is needed to make so much. Sesame oil should never be left out; look for it in the oriental food section of your grocery (again, Giant Eagle carries it) and have it on hand. It adds such a special flavor; it will quickly become a favorite ingredient.
Chicken Fried Rice Recipe
Ingredients for Chicken Fried Rice:
- Olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2/3 cups carrots, chopped
- 1 ½ pounds chicken, cooked and diced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 ½ tsp. garlic powder
- 6 cups rice, cooked
- 2/3 cups peas, cooked (or any other vegetable you have on hand)
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
Directions for making Chicken Fried Rice:
In a large skillet or wok, pour in a little olive oil and cook the onion for about 5 minutes; add the carrots and cook another 5 minutes – stir a bit while cooking to ensure the ingredients cook evenly. Add the chicken pieces, garlic powder, and 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Stir fry for a couple minutes, then add the rice. Stir fry for a few more minutes. Break the eggs in a little bowl, whisk well, then add to the chicken mixture. Stir while the eggs are cooking. Add 1/3 cup soy sauce and the sesame oil. Heat through while stirring. Serve immediately.
Other easy chicken and rice recipes:
Chicken and Rice Casserole Recipe – easy recipe using soup as the basis for the sauce
Chicken Divan Recipe – easy dish with broccoli
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