What happens when you have veggies that’ll go bad soon, frozen chicken, an rice? Well…. a kinda fried rice! This take on fried rice uses non-traditional veggies but feel free to substitute them for whatever you like! Also… use a big pan.
What you’ll need:
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 cup dry white rice
- 1.5 cups of water
- 1/2 head cauliflower, chopped
- 1 head broccoli, chopped
- 1/4 white onion, chopped
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- garlic powder
- 1 egg
- 4 tbsp soy sauce (more or less to taste)
- Salt and pepper
First things first, you’ll want to make your rice at least 2 hours in advance. Add your rice and water to a pot. Bring it to a boil and when it does, put on the lid, turn the stove top to very low, and let it sit covered for 15 minutes. When that’s cooked, spread it out on a plate and put it in the fridge. We do this to dry out the rice so it isn’t mushy later on.
With the chicken breasts, added salt and pepper to my frozen ones and put them in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes. When it was cool enough to touch I chopped it up.
Now for the fun to start. Make sure you have a big pan for this so the rice doesn’t end up all over the place (like it did for me…). Over medium heat add 1 tablespoon of butter and a dash of garlic powder. Add the chopped onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until starting to turn translucent.
After this and another tablespoon of butter, garlic powder, and the chopped veggies. Cook for another 5 minutes. While this is cooking, crack your egg in to a bowl and whisk it real good. In your pan with the veggies, make a circle an empty circle in the middle. Add one table spoon of butter, garlic powder (seeing the pattern?) and our egg. Spread your chicken over the veggies as the egg cooks. After 2 minutes, chop up the egg with your spoon, or whatever you’re cooking with, and mix it in with everything else.
Now put the rice on top with the last tablespoon of butter, garlic powder, and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Mix everything together and add the rest of the soy sauce. Mix again and press the rice down so it’s packed tight. This ensure that the rice will get crispier and absolutely delish. At this point taste and check if your seasonings are on point (on fleek?) To mine I added a little salt and more garlic powder. Mix, press it down again, and let it sit for about 5 more minutes.
Like I said, you can use any veggies you please. Go for the classic peas and carrots or go crazy with parsnips and spinach! Any way you do it, serve it up and enjoy!