I definitely love to cook, but even I appreciate quick and simple recipes sometimes. As a mother, there are just some days (like today, actually) where there’s too much to do and not enough time to focus on a fancypants dinner. And even though I wish I was, I’m not a meal planner, so I’m often flying by the seat of my pants. This chicken fried rice is perfect for those ‘not enough time to focus on dinner, flying by the seat of your pants’ days.
I stripped a rotisserie chicken the other day and had a bunch of meat just waiting for me to get creative! I didn’t feel like pasta, I didn’t feel like a chicken pot pie, and I didn’t want to take the time to make soup (even though I always love soup). So instead I made chicken fried rice! I seem to always be craving Chinese takeout, and this is a great way to help ease that craving without going too crazy. I threw it together in no time, and little ones seem to love it! Bee happily ate it all, EVEN THE VEGGIES! I couldn’t believe it. Needless to say, this is a hit in our house and I will be making it again.
- 3 cups cooked long grain white rice
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 cup shredded or chopped chicken breast, or leftover rotisserie chicken
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 carrot, chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 onion, chopped into small pieces
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp butter
- soya sauce to taste
- optional - green onion chopped
- Cook your long grain white rice. Instead of using water, use chicken broth. The rice will absorb the flavour. The ratio is the same - If you use 1 cup of water, use 1 cup of chicken broth.
- Add chopped onion, carrot, chicken, and frozen peas to a wok or large pan with sesame oil and sauté until onions are translucent and peas are warmed.
- Move the veggies to the side and add your egg - yolk and all. Scramble the egg directly in the pan, taking care to stir frequently. Once cooked, add the scrambled egg pieces to the veggies and chicken.
- Add 3 cups of cooked rice, and butter. Mix ingredients well.
- Add soya sauce to taste. I don't use a ton because everyone in my family prefer different amounts. I like more, so I just add it in at the table.
- Once mixed well, top with chopped green onions and serve!
What’s your favourite item from Chinese takeout? Have you made chicken fried rice at home before?