Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Chicken Fried Rice

This recipe was originally just a side dish, but I turned it into a meal by adding chicken.  I love fried rice, but have never made it.  I have two recipes I've been wanting to try and this one was first.  It was really simple and tasted great.  If you are looking for an easy, one dish meal, this is it!
Chicken Fried Rice
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil or vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 cup thinly bias-sliced celery (I skipped this because I'm not a fan)
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cups cooked white rice
1/2 cup shredded carrot 
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup sliced green onions
2 chicken breasts cooked and cubed (You could also do shrimp or tofu)
In a small bowl combine eggs and the 1 teaspoon soy sauce.  Set aside.  Pour the sesame oil into a nonstick skillet.  Preheat over medium heat.  Add egg mixture and garlic.  Stir gently but continuously until mixture resembles small pieces of cooked egg surrounded by liquid egg.  Stop stirring.  Cook 30 to 60 seconds more until egg mixture is set and shiny.  Slide egg mixture onto a cutting board; roll up.  Cut into 1/2 inch slices.  Set aside.  (I botched this a little...mine didn't roll exactly...I have a picture below.  Just visualize eating at Benihana and try to make the eggs look like that!)
Pour the cooking oil into the skillet.  Preheat over medium-high heat.  Add celery; cook and stir 1 minute.  Add mushrooms; cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more.  Add rice, carrot, and peas to the skillet.  Add the 2 tablespoons soy sauce.
 If you are adding chicken, shrimp, or tofu, go ahead and add it now also.  Cook and stir for 4 minutes or until heated through.
 This is what my eggs looked like...not exactly to the description, but they worked!  :)
 Add eggs and green onion;  cook and stir until heated through.

That's it!  Really good, easy dinner.  Enjoy!  :)

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