Summer Eats: Chicken Fried Rice

Week 6, and the final week of the summer series on food

A few months ago I was hungry but didn't have much in the fridge or pantry to eat. But I did have a piece of chicken, rice and soy sauce so I thought I'd try to figure out how to make chicken fried rice. What I discovered was it's like a po-boy in that you can just throw in a bunch of ingredients you have, and it's really good.

The great thing about chicken fried rice is that you don't have to have all these ingredients to still make it and it be good. And most of the main ingredients you probably have in your house all the time so at any point you should be good to go. I've bolded the ingredients you must have.

Ingredients

Vegetable oil

Boneless skinless chicken breast (take it out if you only want fried rice)

White rice

Egg

Onion

Garlic

Carrots

English peas

Green onion

Soy sauce

Butter

First boil the white rice. Cook it completely, and it should take about 15-20 minutes. While you are doing that put about two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium to high heat. Cut the chicken breast into cubes and place into the skillet, cooking for about 2 minutes on each side.

Chop up about 1/4 of a large onion and 3-4 garlic cloves (you can just use the pre-chopped garlic if you want to). Place onion and garlic into the skillet after chicken is cooked. After a few minutes put the rice in the skillet and reduce to medium heat.

While you are doing all this, whisk an egg and place it in a small skillet. Allow it to cook like you would an omelet, and once it has turn the heat off and cut the egg into small pieces.

If you want to use carrots, English peas or green onion, then put them in along with the egg. Put in a teaspoon of butter continuing to stir.

Put in enough soy sauce so that the rice turns a nice light brown while you are stirring it. Once it has reached that color, pack down the rice on the skillet and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Flip the rice and let it sit on the other side for 2-3 minutes - this will allow the rice to sear a little and just creates a better texture.

Yum Yum Sauce

If you are going to have chicken friend rice, you need some yum yum sauce to go with it. It's really simple.

Melt a teaspoon of butter in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon of ketchup and 1/4 teaspoon of sugar and stir until you get a good consistency - you may need to add mayo or ketchup to get the right light pink color. I like to just pour that yum yum sauce all over the rice.

This recipe feeds 3 people, two if you're really hungry.

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