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      Chicken Fried Rice

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      Time20 Min
      DifficultyIntermediate
      Serves1

      If you’ve ever ordered takeout or had a nice time at a fancy Chinese restaurant – you’re definitely acquainted with Chicken fried rice. A hearty meal that’s crafted using juicy boneless chicken thighs, spices, sautéed vegetables, chillies, and garlic, our Chicken fried rice recipe is designed for anyone looking to have a good time. Some fried rice lovers prefer using pork, beef, and other animal ... proteins for fried rice. The cooking time will vary a bit depending on the type of meat you’re using. You cannot completely replicate the smoky flavour of Chinese chicken fried rice since they use a Chinese wok. But you can get very close using a cast-iron skillet. Make sure the rice is firm and not too mushy when cooking. Use a fork to fluff it up and cut the chicken to bite-sized pieces when making the recipe. If you’re adding eggs to your chicken fried rice recipe and they seem to stick, use a spatula to get them off. Take care not to overcook and when you’re frying the garlic, do it on high heat. When the rice is done, you can drizzle soy sauce and garnish with chopped green spring onions. If you’re trying to mimic restaurant-style chicken fried rice, you can use some broth to add flavour when cooking. Serve a bowl of chicken fried rice for your main course and pair it with soups and salads for a satisfying meal!

      Nutrition Info. (per serving)

      ProteinFatCarbsFibre417 Cal417 Cal417 Cal417 Cal
      • 24gProtein
      • 9gFat
      • 62gCarbs
      • 13gFibre

      Ingredients

      Dry Grocery

      Brown Basmati Rice

      Brown Basmati Rice

      0.25 glasss

      Salt

      Salt

      1.25 teaspoons

      Refined Oil

      Refined Oil

      2 teaspoons

      Red Dry Chilli Bydagi

      Red Dry Chilli Bydagi

      0.5 unit

      Aromat Powder

      Aromat Powder

      0.5 teaspoons

      Light Soy Sauce

      Light Soy Sauce

      0.75 teaspoons

      Jaggery

      Jaggery

      1 pinch

      Synthetic/white Vinegar

      Synthetic/white Vinegar

      0.5 teaspoons

      Sesame Oil

      Sesame Oil

      0.25 teaspoons

      Honey

      Honey

      0.25 teaspoons

      Sesame White (til)

      Sesame White (til)

      1 pinch

      Fruits & Vegetables

      Sweet Potato

      Sweet Potato

      1 small piece

      Carrot-regular

      Carrot-regular

      0.25 unit

      Haricot Bean

      Haricot Bean

      3 units

      Onion

      Onion

      1 small piece

      Ginger

      Ginger

      4 small pieces

      Celery

      Celery

      0.5 unit

      Spring Onion

      Spring Onion

      2.25 units

      Capsicum Green-regular

      Capsicum Green-regular

      1 small piece

      Capsicum Yellow (regular)

      Capsicum Yellow (regular)

      1 small piece

      Capsicum Red-regular

      Capsicum Red-regular

      1 small piece

      Bok Choy

      Bok Choy

      4 units

      Poultry

      Chicken Breasts

      Chicken Breasts

      0.5 unit

      Other

      Water

      Water

      1.75 glasses

      Garlic

      Garlic

      4 pieces

      Red Chilli Paste

      Red Chilli Paste

      2.75 tablespoons

      Tomato Sauce

      Tomato Sauce

      1.5 tablespoons

      Coriander Leaves

      Coriander Leaves

      2 leafs

      Green Cabbage

      Green Cabbage

      1 leaf

      Pepper

      Pepper

      0.5 teaspoons

      Red Chillies

      Red Chillies

      0.5 unit

      Raw Egg

      Raw Egg

      1 unit

      Directions
      1
      In a bowl, add Water, Brown Rice and soak for 45 minutes.
      2
      In a heavy bottom vessel, add Water, Salt, Soaked Rice and cook till soft. Strain and remove the Rice to a container.Keep aside.
      3
      In a heavy bottom vessel, add Water, Salt, Sweet Potato with skin bring to boil.
      4
      In a heavy bottom vessel, add diced carrots, beans and bring to boil. Blanch the vegetables remove to a bowl and keep aside.
      5
      Once tender, take out the Sweet Potato to a plate, remove the skin and cut into rough dices.
      6
      In a blender, add the diced Sweet Potatoes, Water and make a smooth paste.
      7
      Remove to a bowl and keep aside.
      8
      Heat Oil in a pan. Add dry Red Chilli, chopped Onion, chopped Garlic, chopped Ginger, minced Celery and cook till aromatic.
      9
      Add Chilli Paste, Aromat Powder, Salt, Light Soya, Jaggery, Vinegar, Tomato Sauce and saute till get a fried aroma.
      10
      Add Water and bring to boil.
      11
      Add Sweet Potato Paste and cook.
      12
      Remove to a bowl and garnish with chopped Coriander.
      13
      In a bowl, add Chilli Paste, Sesame Oil, Tomato Sauce, White Vinegar, Honey, Sesame Seeds, chopped Spring Onion, White Cabbage.
      14
      Mix properly and keep aside.
      15
      In a bowl add diced Chicken, Salt, Pepper, chopped Ginger, Garlic, Aromat Powder, Light Soya Sauce and minced fresh Chilli.
      16
      Mix well and keep aside.
      17
      Heat Oil in a pan. Add Chicken saute till light brown.
      18
      Add Water bring to boil.
      19
      Remove to a bowl and keep aside.
      20
      Beat Egg in a bowl. Heat Oil in a pan, pour the Egg and prepare a flat Omelette. Cook both the side.
      21
      Remove to a plate and cut the Egg into dices.
      22
      Take out to bowl and keep aside.
      23
      Heat Oil in a pan. Add chopped Garlic, Ginger and saute till aromatic.
      24
      Add diced Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper, Green Pepper, Bok Choy and saute till soft.
      25
      Add mixed Veg and saute.
      26
      Add cooked Chicken and saute.
      27
      Add diced Egg, Pepper, Salt and saute for sometime.
      28
      Add cooked Rice, mix properly and sprinkle Water on it.
      29
      Remove to a bowl and garnish with Spring Onion.
      30
      Serve Fried Rice with Kimchi and Schezwan Sauce.

      Success!

      We hope you had fun making it! Enjoy the meal.

      Who invented the Chicken Fried Rice?

      Chicken fried rice is one of the most popular comfort food people from all over the world love to have. One would have searched for ‘how to make chicken fried rice’ but have you ever wondered when and how it was invented. Though most people know that the Chinese invented it and made it popular in whichever part of the world they stayed in, did you know that it was found a long way back in AD 589 to 618? The exact history of the chicken fried rice is lost but it is said to be made during the Sui dynasty in the Yangzhou city of the Jiangsu province. It slowly spread to other parts of China. Today it is found everywhere in China especially in places where rice is the staple food. However, the Yangchow Fried rice is still considered as the gold standard, and all other versions of the fried rice including the Chicken Fried rice recipe are judged based on it.

      Why was Fried Rice invented?

      Now you know that fried rice with meat like Chicken or pork was invented during the Sui dynasty. The natural progression question is why was it invented in the first place. Chinese like the Indians are thrifty and want to make use of everything, even yesterday’s leftover food. The Chicken fried rice recipe or for that matter any fried rice variation calls for leftover rice which is tossed with some meat, soy sauce, and any available veggies, and this single dish is served as a meal. Another reason the Chinese moms used to make fried rice is that after a hard day at work in plantation fields a quick meal that satiates hunger was needed. The fried rice was just that it was a meal that could be done in quick time which the whole family can relish after a hard day at work.

      The Varieties of Chicken fried Rice

      How to make chicken fried rice? It depends on how you like it and where you are from! Rice along with chicken is the main ingredient of the Chicken fried rice recipe. Along with it, there are many other ingredients that can be used like veggies, eggs, etc. To add extra flavour scallions, onions, shallots, etc is added. Depending on the region the cooking oils like sesame oil, vegetable oil, etc is used which adds to the flavour. Even when it comes to adding spices to the dish, there can be many variations. For instance, the chicken fried rice Indian will be seasoned with Garam Masala, whereas the Chinese chicken fried rice will have soy sauce to add flavour. Find below the names of some popular varieties of Chicken Fried rice found in various parts of the world. Cantonese fried rice is served with a thick gravy on it. Fujian Fried rice found mainly in Fujian, China where the rice, chicken and vegetables are mixed with a thick sauce. Yangzhou Fried rice is made with scrambled egg, chicken or pork with shrimp. Szechwan fried rice is made with chilli sauce and hence a more spicy form of Chicken fried rice. Chahan is a Japanese version of the Chinese fried rice made according to the Japanese palate by adding katsuobushi (flavouring) and made with meat like Chicken. There are also other variations of the Chahan like the Omurice which is also called Chicken Rice. Sambal fried rice in Singapore is a derivative of the Chinese fried rice and made with Sambal. In Thailand, another place where rice is a staple is called Khao Phat where Jasmine rice is used and made with meat like Chicken, pork, etc. There are many variations of this Khao Phat like the Khao Phat Tom Yam, Green curry fried rice, etc. India also has many versions of the Chinese fried rice which includes Tawa Pulao and the spiced fried rice with curry powder. The chicken fried rice restaurant style is also popular in Indian households.

      Tips to make the perfect Chicken Fried Rice

      Most people know how to prepare chicken fried rice as it is an easy dish. Even beginners can get it right provided you follow certain tips and tricks while preparing it. The main ingredient that is used in the Chicken Fried rice recipe is rice. Freshly made rice does not give the same taste like a day old cold rice. This rice should be kept in the refrigerator overnight so that it becomes dry. Use a pan or a wok that is seasoned so that the rice or the other ingredients does not stick to it and get burnt. If you are adding scrambled eggs then fry them and keep them aside. Cook all the ingredients in high heat and ensure that the pan is really hot. Also, you should not leave it even for a moment and you should keep moving around the ingredients to prevent it from burning. Ensure that the eggs are fully cooked as they may stick to the pan and give an ‘eggy’ taste. The chicken that you use in the Chicken fried rice recipe needs to be tender and fresh so that it cooks through properly. One of the secrets of making perfect chicken fried rice is to cook the ingredients separately so that they retain their distinct flavour. Add them back and combine in the final stages. Use butter instead of other types of oils as it gives a much better taste and also helps to brown ingredients quickly. If you are worried about the chicken fried rice calorie count, then use brown rice instead of the normal rice. Also, add a lot of veggies along with chicken which not only adds colour but also makes it healthy.

      What to do if you have no Cooked Rice?

      A tasty chicken fried rice calls for rice that is kept refrigerated overnight. That ensures it is dry and removing lums becomes easy. But if you are a spontaneous person or have a craving for it and don’t have old rice leftovers, you can still prepare this by following the below tips on how to make brown rice Wast the rice a few more times than you normally do so that all the starch and stickiness gets removed. Use long-grain rice as it is less sticky and fluffier compared to other types of rice and is ideal for fried rice. Use less water to make rice as that ensures the rice is dry. Once the rice is cooked, spread it on a baking plate and freeze it for half an hour.

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