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Chicken Fried Rice

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Welcome to our savory meals section! Today, we’re sharing a delicious and easy recipe for Chicken Fried Rice. This dish combines tender chicken, fluffy rice, and fresh vegetables, all stir-fried to perfection. It’s a great way to use up leftover rice and chicken, and it’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas (no need to thaw)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

  1. Cook Rice: If you don’t have leftover rice, cook 1 1/2 cups of uncooked white rice according to the package instructions to make about 3 cups cooked. Let it cool completely or use cold leftover rice for the best texture.
  2. Cook Chicken: If you don’t have leftover chicken, cook 2 chicken breasts and shred them. You can also use rotisserie chicken.

Step 2: Cook the Vegetables

  1. Heat Oil: Heat the sesame oil or vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté Onions and Carrots: Add the diced onions and carrots to the skillet and sauté for about 3-4 minutes, or until they start to soften.
  3. Add Peas: Stir in the frozen peas and cook for another 2 minutes.

Step 3: Scramble the Eggs

  1. Scramble Eggs: Push the vegetables to one side of the skillet. Crack the eggs into the empty side and scramble them until fully cooked. Mix the scrambled eggs with the vegetables.

Step 4: Add Rice and Chicken

  1. Add Rice and Chicken: Add the cooked rice and shredded chicken to the skillet. Stir everything together to combine.
  2. Season with Soy Sauce: Pour the soy sauce over the rice mixture. Stir well to evenly distribute the sauce.
  3. Add Butter: Add the butter to the skillet and stir until melted and mixed in. This adds extra flavor and richness to the dish.

Step 5: Season and Serve

  1. Season: Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  2. Serve: Serve the chicken fried rice hot, garnished with green onions or sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Cold Rice: Using cold or day-old rice is key to preventing the fried rice from becoming mushy.
  • Chicken: You can use leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or quickly cook chicken breasts or thighs for this recipe.
  • Vegetables: Feel free to add more vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, or corn to the mix.
  • Soy Sauce: Adjust the amount of soy sauce to taste. You can also use low-sodium soy sauce if you prefer.

Variations

Shrimp Fried Rice

Replace the chicken with cooked shrimp. Add the shrimp during the last few minutes of cooking to prevent overcooking.

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Vegetarian Fried Rice

Omit the chicken and add extra vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, or mushrooms. You can also add tofu for protein.

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Spicy Fried Rice

Add 1-2 teaspoons of sriracha or your favorite hot sauce along with the soy sauce for a spicy kick.

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Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice

Add 1 cup of pineapple chunks along with the chicken for a sweet and savory variation.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the fried rice ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet or microwave before serving.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet or microwave before serving.

Can I freeze chicken fried rice?

Yes, you can freeze chicken fried rice. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container or bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat before serving.

What can I serve with chicken fried rice?

Chicken fried rice can be served as a main dish on its own or with a side of egg rolls, dumplings, or a simple salad.

How can I make the fried rice more flavorful?

Add a splash of soy sauce, a dash of sesame oil, or a sprinkle of garlic powder or ginger to enhance the flavors.

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This Chicken Fried Rice is a quick, easy, and delicious meal that’s perfect for any occasion. With tender chicken, fluffy rice, and fresh vegetables, it’s sure to become a family favorite. Enjoy making and sharing this flavorful dish with your loved ones!