“You’re not making my mom’s fried rice!?!?!”, my hubby said with a look on his face like one of a kid who just had their favorite toy taken away. Turns out Jacob had been thinking about the fried rice meal all week. See, every weekend we map out the coming weeks menu and then do our shopping around that list. We had chicken, rice, and veggies one night and then the next night would be chicken fried rice with the leftovers. (He had a hankering for his mom’s recipe she always made.) Well, as I was making the chicken, rice didn’t sound good so I made stuffing instead (and it was delish). As I was serving the meal I realized – crap, no rice for tomorrow. I told Jacob we would just do it next week and that is when I saw the look. I felt so bad!
Enter super wife to the rescue! Jacob works this Saturday so I knew having it ready for his lunch would make his day. I made the rice this morning so it would be somewhat ‘leftover’ for the recipe – it just taste better if day old. So when he gets home from work he will have his Chicken Fried Rice waiting for him!
While making this recipe I realized how much I like one pot meals. It makes clean up a breeze! I also like that you can pretty much add just about anything into the rice/eggs and it will be good. I used green onions, ½ of a green pepper, frozen peas and carrots, and leftover chicken.
Here is the recipe…
Chicken Fried Rice
3 cups cooked brown (or white) rice, preferably day old
1-2 cups frozen or fresh mixed vegetables
1 small onion, finely chopped
1-2 cups cooked chicken breast
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp olive oil
3 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
In a large pan, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add onion and rice. Stir and cook until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and add in chicken and vegetables – 2 minutes for frozen veggies or 5-7 minutes for fresh veggies.
Spread the mixture out to the sides of the pan, leaving space in the middle for the eggs. Add the eggs and scramble until cooked firm.
Mix the eggs in with everything else then sprinkle with soy sauce and serve!