If you read my Orange Chicken recipe, you may recall my deep, abiding love for Chinese food. A Chinese lady in our church makes the most phenomenal fried rice, and last year she showed the ladies in a ladies' meeting how to make it. I take liberties with her recipe, as I don't often have everything that she calls for in the original. The real essentials are rice (duh!), soy sauce, cooking oil, and eggs.
3-1/2 cups dry rice (jasmine rice is best!)
3 small carrots, diced, boiled till tender (throw them in with the rice while it's cooking)
2 heads broccoli (use some of the stem; peel first for tenderness)
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 medium green pepper, cut into small chunks
7 eggs, seasoned with salt and pepper, scrambled
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
1 medium regular onion, chopped
3-4 green onions, chopped finely
1/2 lb. ham, diced
Sesame oil, optional
- Cook the rice as directed on the package. While rice (and carrots) is cooking, boil or stir-fry the broccoli, sliced mushrooms and green peppers for about 3 minutes until crisp-tender. Set aside on plate.
- Scramble eggs in wok or large sauce pan. Set aside on plate.
- In wok or large sauce pan, saute the chicken chunks and regular onion together with soy sauce and pepper until chicken is cooked through. Set aside on plate.
- Heat pan/wok to medium-high heat. Add a little cooking oil and the cooked rice. Add dashes of soy sauce, sesame oil, and pepper as you stir fry the rice. The sesame oil is really just a flavor/aroma addition, so no need to douse the rice with this. Keep adding soy sauce until the rice is a light brown color.
- After rice is hot, add broccoli, mushroom, pepper mix, scrambled eggs, chicken-onion mix, green onions and ham to the wok. Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir fry until hot.
I was very nice and shared this with my family one night, but I ate every bit of the leftovers by myself over the next 3 days. Yum-Yum.
This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday, Tuesday Tastes, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Full Plate Thursday, and Frugal Food Thursday.