Chicken Fried Rice Recipe!

The Steps for Making Fried Rice

This recipe is for chicken fried rice, but you could really use the technique for making fried rice with almost any protein, like shrimp, pork, or tofu.

Ingredients

  • 3/4¬†pound¬†boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†salt,¬†divided
  • 3¬†tablespoons¬†canola oil¬†(or any high heat oil), divided
  • 3¬†large¬†eggs,¬†whisked
  • 2/3¬†cup¬†yellow onions,¬†diced
  • 2¬†cloves¬†garlic,¬†minced
  • 2¬†teaspoons¬†minced¬†ginger
  • 1¬†large¬†carrot,¬†peeled and diced
  • 2/3¬†cup¬†frozen peas, rinsed under warm tap water for a few seconds thaw
  • 4¬†cups¬†cooked jasmine rice¬†(preferably leftover from at least a day before, see Recipe Note)
  • 2¬†scallions, sliced (separate the white and light green parts from the dark green part)
  • 1/2¬†teaspoon¬†Chinese five-spice powder,¬†optional
  • 2 1/2¬†tablespoons¬†soy sauce¬†or tamari
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†sesame oil

Method

  1. Prepare the chicken: Chop the chicken into small 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch cubes. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of salt over the chicken and mix to combine. Set the chicken aside for about 10 minutes (I usually use this time to chop all the vegetables).
  2. Scramble the egg: Heat a wok or large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Swirl in a tablespoon of oil and add the whisked eggs. Use a spatula to quickly scramble the eggs, breaking the curds into smaller pieces as they come together. Transfer the eggs to a plate.
  3. Cook the chicken: Add another tablespoon of oil in the wok or pan. Add the chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and transfer the cooked chicken to a plate. Using your spatula, scrape off any chicken bits that are still stuck to the wok so they don’t burn during the next step. You can also use paper towels to wipe down your wok or pan.
  4. Cook the vegetables: Swirl 1 tablespoon of oil into the wok over medium-high heat. Add the diced onions and cook them for 1 minute, until they start to soften. Mix in the minced garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the diced carrots and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and the peas, and stir to incorporate.

  5. Cook the rice: Add the rice to the wok or pan on top of the vegetables and stir to combine. Using the back of your spatula, smash any large chunks of rice to break them apart. Add the white and green parts of the sliced scallions (save the dark green parts) and five-spice powder. Stir to incorporate. If the rice starts to stick to the pan, stir in a little more oil. Drizzle the soy sauce and sesame oil over the rice and stir to incorporate. Stir in the cooked chicken, scrambled eggs, and the dark parts of the scallions. Stir briefly to bring it together, and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Taste, and add more soy sauce if necessary.
  6. Serve immediately while hot

It’s A 4 Cup Coffee Kinda Weather

Since the last couple of weeks, it has been raining quite a lot. The weather has become very cool, dare I say kinda cold by our standards. It wouldn’t be cold when you compare it to temperatures in places that get snow but it is cold by Kerala standards as we are a tropical climate place. The current temperature is 27 degrees Centigrade but with winds at 10km/hr and the sun staying partly hidden, it is very cool.

This kind of weather is perfect for hot or grilled food. Evenings are for hot samosas, egg/chicken/meat puffs like the ones I ordered in yesterday. Hot puffs with minced meat inside or drier masala and half a boiled egg inside it. Delicious and goes down well with a hot latte. It is so warming for the body at the time I tell ya. Or you can have some pakoda or banana fritters which we make at home using ripe Nendran bananas. If you have a tea shop close to you, like we do, you can instead go and ask for hot vadas for your evening snacks.

These days are multiple cups of coffee days. Not that I drink less coffee on other days but yes these days it’s more of the 4 cups of coffee a day variety rather than the 2 or 3 cups a day version. If not more. Now it’s getting to be close to 4 pm and I usually start craving my coffee at that time. Off to the kitchen!