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September 19, 2011

Martha Mondays - Chicken Fried Rice


As always, I hope you all shared a great weekend with your friends and families doing the things you love! I sure was fortunate enough to... spending Saturday evening celebrating my boss and future-aunt-in-law's birthday at my future-mom-in-law's house with delicious Taco Casa and the final episode of The Wire.

And some good cookin' and cornhole at my Mama and Daddy's house on Sunday. I was so glad Pj was able to come, as well as my brother. We laughed, we played, we goofed, we capped, we argued, we loved. I sincerely love being around my family, and having PJ be a part of it. He fits in so well... My brother and dad both like him. I love that he's a part of the family. And of course we indulged on some delish ribs, mac and cheese, greens, green beans, corn, beer chicken, bbq chicken, and rolls. Gotta love that good Southern cookin :)

Anyhoo, I'm here sharing a basic yet delicious Chinese recipe with you, for Martha Mondays! A special thanks to Brette for hosting :O)  PJ and I both had kinda ruled this recipe out, thinking it would be nothing special at all. But boy were we wrong.

Like last time I tried to look for scallions, we couldn't find them at our local grocer. Still no luck this time around either. But we did find green onions, which are pretty much the same thing. 

We decided to cook the frozen snow peas first (since they weren't fresh) and cooked them in the microwave according to the directions on the package.

Let me tell you, we both were super surprised at how much we each liked it!!! Like, for reals. If you like Chinese food, and if you like chicken fried rice, I don't see how you couldn't like this! 

Chicken Fried Rice
adapted from Martha Stewart
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (12 oz total)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 green onions, rinsed and thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 tsp grated and peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper (I had a large pepper and used 3/4 of it)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup frozen snow peas, cooked according to package directions
Cook rice according to package instructions. Set aside. Pound breasts with a mallet until 1/4 inch thick. Cut into strips, each 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide). Season with salt and pepper.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Cook chicken until just cooked through. Transfer to a plate.
Reduce heat to low and add remaining tablespoon oil. Add the eggs; Just as whites begin to set, stir to scramble. Add scallions and ginger; cook 1 minute. Add reserved rice and bell pepper; cook 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, stir together the soy sauce, sugar, and stock; add it to the skillet. Add the cooked snow peas and reserved, cooked chicken; cook until heated through.

This Chicken Fried Rice packed so much flavor, and just because I love the saltiness of soy sauce, I added a couple of squirts of soy sauce to my rice and chicken at the end. It really was surprisingly flavorful and delicious! I was very glad that I chose this recipe, in fact. 

I'm not sure if homemade Chinese food tastes better than the original.... that would probably be a sin!! But man is it so delicious and less expensive and not very difficult to make. So please make this traditional Chicken Fried Rice recipe soon, and very soon.

Peace, and bacon grease!


Bo said...

I love fried rice...yours looks delicious...Great photos too.

Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed it. Scallions and green onions are exactly the same thing. I love making my own Chinese food - it's much easier than you would think, isn't it?

Unknown said...

Hi Desi! Thanks for a great Martha Monday pick! We really liked it in our house.

Desi said...

@ Bo - Thanks for your comment... I've really been trying to improve my photography so that means alot to me :)

@ Marthaandme - Yes last time I picked a recipe that had scallions for Martha Monday and the same thing happened lol. And yes it wasn't difficult to make at all! I'll be trying my hand at other homemade Chinese recipes ;)

@ Sassy - Glad the fam liked it!

Amy Anderson said...

I love fried rice, but I especially love being able to make it at home. Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh!

Amy @ A Little Nosh

Chris said...

Of course it doesn't take like the didn't use 3 lbs of MSG in it, ha ha.

Looks good, I always like homemade stir fried rice.

Maryanna said...

This looks yum to the tum! I love chicken fried rice, but I've never tried to make it.

Desi said...

@ Maryana - Your comment made me smile and giggle. Loved the yum to the tum :)