Friday, January 6, 2012

Homemade Fried Rice

Scott LOVES Chinese food, no seriously, he could eat it every single day. I don't mind Chinese food, but it tends to give me a massive headache and I usually feel like garbage after we get take out. So to satisfy his love of Chinese food I make homemade chicken fried rice. It's a much healthier version of take out and I don't feel like total garbage after.

The key to this recipe is your rice has to be cold before you make it. I usually make my rice a day ahead of time, or at the latest the morning of. This recipe is also super budget friendly. A bag of brown rice is not even a dollar and you get at least 4 batches of this recipe from a bag. Awesome, right?

Here's what you need:

  • 2 tablespoons of canola, vegetable, or olive oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 small onion, minced or pureed (if your kids don't like visible onions)
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger or 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 2 cups (about 12 oz) cooked, cubed chicken, ham, pork, beef, or shrimp. (I usually do chicken)
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice, cold. If you don't like brown rice you can definitely used white rice.
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium heat.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk your eggs
  • Add eggs to the skillet and scramble until almost set, then transfer to a bowl.
  • Increase heat to medium high and heat the remaining oil.
  • Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and stir-fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Spray your skillet with oil if needed.
  • Add the cubed meat and stir-fry for another 2 minutes
  • Add the rice and soy sauce and toss until the ingredients are combined well and the rice is heated through.
  • Allow the rice to brown in skillet before stirring.
  • Add eggs and peas for the last minute of cooking.

This makes a great meal by itself since you have a protein in it. It also heats up really well the next day for leftovers. Hope you enjoy!


Stephanie said...

Mmm. Ill have to give this a try. Ive made the boxed fried rice, but it never seems to come out right. My husband LOVES chinese too... so Im sure it will be a huge hit. Thanks for share this recipe!

Double Duty Mommy said...

My husband just tried making friend rice the other night and it was an EPIC fail! I can't wait to bring out this recipe and show him how it's done.

Courtney said...

Sounds yummy!! I
ll have to try this one out. :) Thanks for sharing.

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