Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken fried rice is a favorite at our house. My children request it several times a month. I used to make it the standard way. With chicken, rice, veggies, soy sauce, eggs, and a little onion. I'm sure you know it. It's all over the Internet. It didn't have enough flavor for me. It just seemed to be missing something and not near as good as the rice you can find at restaurants. After some experimenting I have come up with the perfect Chicken Fried Rice, for us anyway.
Let's get started:
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
3/4 cup teryaki sauce
1 white onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 cup of frozen peas and carrots, (or more if you like)*
3 eggs, scrambled
4-5 cups of cold, cooked white rice
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce (or as desired)**
Marinate chicken pieces in 1/4 cup teryaki sauce for at least 30 minutes, longer if you have time.
In a large sauce pan add sesame oil, chicken, and chopped onion. Cook over medium heat until chicken is no longer pink and onion is translucent. About 10-12 minutes.
While chicken and onion are cooking, place the frozen peas and carrots in a colander and run cold water over them until they are defrosted and soft. * Fresh or canned veggies will work too. Fresh veggies will need to be blanched and the canned veggies, drained. I've tried all three and my children seem to eat more of the frozen veggies, so I stick with those. They're weird like that!
Don't forget to scramble those eggs! I usually scramble them in a seperate small pan and add them to the chicken and onions. But, you can move all of the chicken and onion to the side of the pan, leaving enough room for the eggs and cook them on the other side, then mix with chicken and onion.
Once chicken, onion, and egg are ready add the cooked rice, peas and carrots, 1/2 cup teryaki sauce, white pepper, and soy sauce. Heat on medium to medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring several times.
**Soy sauce is one of those things that some people like and some don't, some like more and some like less. So, add an amount that you feel comfortable with.