Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice

     This post was originally going to be General Tsao’s Chicken with Fried Rice, but lately I’m finding it harder and harder to get motivated to cook for one. Yep….that’s right….Mrs G is on the road again for work. Chicago this time, before that it was LA and Atlanta and coming up is Orlando, Toronto, Vegas and Germany. While she’s traipsing around, calling me and telling me about all the wonderful places she’s at and the great meals she’s having. I’m stuck at home trying to figure out what to cook. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hold it against her, I’m happy for her, but cooking for one sucks isn’t much fun. 

    Yesterday, with great intentions, I had researched General Tsao’s chicken, printed out some recipes and was ready to wok it out. When I got home, I realized I had forgotten to get dog food. Quick trip to the store and back home. I’m pulling out my ingredients, getting to ready to go and I realize I was missing a few things…enough that I wouldn’t be able to do this recipe. Rather than facing another trip to the store, I scrapped my plans and went with some simple chicken fried rice (something I DID have the ingredients for).

Mise en place

     When cooking stir fry (or anything in a wok for that matter), it is very important to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go. You are cooking at such a high temperature and for such a short time that you don’t have time to chop up an onion or measure out so much of this or that ingredient. No…you need to have everything prepared, measured out and in separate bowls ready to go. The French have a term for this called “Mise en place” or everything in place.

Fried Rice Seasoning

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of Fried Rice Seasoning Mix
  • 1/3 cup of protein (I used one chicken breast which was probably more than 1/3 of a cup)
  • 3 cups of cooked rice, cold (made at least the day before and allowed to sit in fridge overnight)
  • 1 cup of mixed veggies ( I used carrots, peas and corn but feel free to use whatever you wish)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • soy sauce
  • peanut oil
  • green onions can be used for garnish
  • Feeds about 4 people

     Yeah, I know what you are thinking. Fried rice seasoning? Really? Yeah, I know. I should probably look up some way to prepare this using fresh ingredients and so that I know what is in it. But trust me, this stuff is good and its a quick, easy way to do it and let’s face it….with the pace of life these days sometimes we all need an easy way to do it once in awhile.

Directions

  1. Set up your Egg at 500F with the Spider legs down. If using a stove top, you are going to want to get it as hot as you possible can. Add a few tbsp of peanut oil (yes, you need to use peanut oil, vegetable oil and canola oil have a lower burn point and will start to smoke and get nasty) Before starting to cook, shut lower vent on the Egg.

    Chicken cooking

  2. Cook your protein in batches. Adding too much will drop the temp of the wok and it won’t cook properly. For one chicken breast, I cooked it in two batches allowing time for the wok to reheat in between. Set chicken aside when done.

    Eggs going into the wok

  3. Cook beaten eggs and set aside.

    And the rain starts. Maybe I should have checked the weather first.

  4. At this point you may need to add some peanut oil. Allow it to heat up and then add rice, seasonings and soy sauce, stirring constantly.

    Rice and veggies

  5. Allow rice to cook for a few minutes and then add in your mixed veggies and continue to stir for 2 or 3 minutes.

    Everything back in the wok to heat up

  6. Add your protein and eggs back to the rice mixture and continue cooking until heated through.

    Finished

     OK….so maybe I should have checked the weather before I got started. I knew there was a small chance of some rain, but they’ve been saying that for days and nothing. So of course as soon as I start cooking, the rain starts. Kinda like it always rains as soon as you wash your car. Glad I have a covered patio and was able to move the Egg in out of the rain to finish. And we needed the rain, so I won’t complain.

     Back to dinner….what is Chinese food without some eggrolls? To me that might be my favorite part of Chinese food and someday I’ll learn how to make them on my own (it’s on my list of things to do). But since I was cooking for one, I just got some frozen ones from the store, cooked them in the oven before I started my fried rice and then wrapped them in aluminum foil to keep warm.

Ready to eat

     So yeah….maybe I took some short cuts, but sometimes in life you have to do that. And let me tell you, even with shortcuts, this chicken fried rice BLEW delivery away (and came in much cheaper). Ever since we got the wok, we don’t order Chinese food much anymore. Would you? Next time it will be General Tsao’s chicken I promise.

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16 thoughts on “Chicken Fried Rice

  1. I LOVE fried rice but haven’t even thought about making it at home. I’d be all over that packet too. Yes, home made is the healthiest way to go, but sometimes I don’t have the time nor the money to buy all the ingredients for what’s in one tiny packet. When I’m immensely wealthy, I’ll be a purist. For now, I’ll seek out one of those packets and print this recipe. Stay dry!

  2. Looks good, man. You ask whether we would make Chinese at home more often with a wok and some skill? My answer is ‘no.’ I’ve had woks for as long as I can remember and have taken Asian cooking classes to improve my abilities. I do cook Asian at the house (more Thai lately than Chinese), but there is no substitute for the deep fried goodness and mystery meat at my local Chinese dive.

    • Next time I will tackle the deep fried goodness. I think one of the problems most people run into when trying to cook in a wok on their stove top is that it just doesn’t get hot enough. Most stoves don’t have the BTU’s that the chinese restaurants do. That’s why I do it on the Egg where I can really crank that heat up. That and they dump all the ingredients in which lowers the heat of the wok and defeats the whole purpose. Cooking in batches is the way to go. As for you mystery meat….why are there never any stray animals running around Chinese restaurants? I kid, I kid….but no, really….

      • I’m guessing that the mystery meat at my favorite place is nutria. And you are correct about the BTUs in a pro kitchen versus that of home kitchens. You can still accomplish similar (restaurant) results on a standard stove, but you have to do it how you instructed: prepare everything in advance. And, of course, don’t just toss everything in the pan at once. Also, you have to be willing to cook with the burner on high.

  3. I had never used that fried rice seasoning packet until I saw you do it. Now we eat it all the time. *adding it to the shopping list*

    Haven’t you just LOVED the rain? *rain swoon*

  4. We are FINALLY getting rain today. Praise God. Asian is my FAVORITE food, but I never had anything hot enough to do it properly at home….When we build in a few years, I am getting a big ass Viking range that will do everything I want.

    That looks good. I will have to try the seasoning packet too, even though my inner chef is against such pre-made devices. My inner overtaxed mom still likes them.

    Jason, I’ll email you later today regarding your question about ads..

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  6. I don’t blame you, it’s hard to get excited cooking for one. When you get ready to make your own eggrolls, check out Jaden’s recipes at Steamy Kitchen, she has some great step by step posts. She just did spring rolls this week.

  7. I totally know what you mean about cooking for yourself, it’s not much fun. I have never been able to make a good fried rice, I am not sure what I do wrong….. but it’s been a while and maybe I should give it a try again, looks great!

  8. I know this is an old poster, but wow, that looks tasty! I love fried rice, but I have never made it at home. This recipe makes it look manageable — and I appreciate the “mise en place” tip. I might be brave enough to do it now :-)

    I made chicken dumplings last night, and the seasonings I used were pretty simple: dried ginger powder, dried minced onion, sea salt, and ground black pepper. I used tamari when I cooked the chicken, and fried the dumplings in sesame oil. I think ginger, onion, salt, and pepper might be the main ingredients in your quick spice packet — not too much of a pain to mix up at home, if you have them around.

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