When the week is hectic and one can’t find the time to plan a meal, it’s always a good idea to have a few healthy standbys. One of my personal favorites is Fried Rice. You might be thinking? Why not order in? Many Chinese restaurants still use MSG and not everyone likes ingesting it or can. While some restaurants offer No MSG menus, they seem to be few and far between. Believe me! Being a military spouse, I’ve seen my fair share of Chinese restaurants. By knowing exactly what goes into my family’s food, I have one less worry. Fried Rice is easily customizable, budget friendly and very filling! This recipe makes plenty, so there’s always enough to feed my family of three and for lunch the next day!
1 1/2 cups quick cooking rice, cooked as directed on package (typically 1 1/2 cups rice to 3 cups water)
1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
2-3 boneless chicken breasts, sliced thinly
1 1/2 Sweet Vidalia Onions, chopped
1/2 bag Frozen Mixed Vegetables or Frozen Peas and Carrots**
4 eggs, beaten
TT Soy Sauce
1 can whole baby corn for garnish
Begin cooking rice as directed on package. In a large skillet, begin heating 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil and add sliced chicken breasts. Cook chicken until thoroughly done. Add Onions and Frozen Mixed Vegetables (or Frozen Peas and Carrots) and sauté’ with chicken until onions are caramelized and translucent. Push chicken and vegetables to one side of the skillet and pour eggs onto bare side of skillet. Using a spatula, chop eggs up as they scramble. Once the eggs are fully cooked, combine with chicken and vegetables. Add rice and mix together again. Pour soy sauce to taste and stir. You know you have used enough soy sauce when the rice is a tan color instead of white. Open a can of baby corn, garnish with two baby corn cobs and serve immediately. Fried rice can easily be stored in an air tight container and kept for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. I do not recommend freezing. Enjoy!
Pairs well with Tsingtao Lager, a Chinese rice beer with nutty and sweet flavors!
**I tend to use Frozen Mixed Vegetables because Frozen Peas and Carrots are not always available. I also love that I can include more vegetables for my toddler!