Chinese Fried Rice

Ham fried rice, chicken fried rice, plain fried rice.  You name it, I love it.  Sometimes I make it when I want to eat in Chinese and sometimes I just make it by itself for a light and healthy but tasty dinner.  The nice thing is I use whatever protein I have on hand and if I’m short and need to go grocery shopping I let the eggs be the protein and don’t worry about it.  My little boy loves anything rice so it’s always a great meal to make for him as well.

It’s actually a pretty simple recipe that can be thrown together pretty quickly and if you keep soy sauce on hand it’s usually all ingredients most people have on hand.  Which also makes it very cost effective as well.

Prepare your rice.  While it’s cooking toss onions, minced garlic, peas and carrots in a frying pan and saute.  I usually scramble the eggs separately then toss it all together.  Add just a pinch of salt and pepper and push over to one side of the pan.  dump the rice into the other side of the pan and add soy sauce and sesame oil.  Mix together as much as possible before combining both sides of the pan.  The biggest reason for this is that I’ve found the soy sauce will soak into some of the other ingredients first and can taste a little funny.  Only takes about 20 minutes to put together and you can serve immediately.  Make with sweet and sour chicken for a great Chinese take out meal.

sweet-and-sour-chicken-with-ham-fried-rice

Ingredients

3 cups cooked white rice

3 tbs sesame oil

1 cup frozen peas and carrots

1 small onion, chopped

2 tsp minced garlic

3 beaten eggs

1/4 cup soy sauce

Optional: Ham/chicken/preferred protein

Directions

In a pot or rice cooker, start your rice.  On medium heat, heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the peas and carrots, onion and garlic and saute.  Lower the heat to medium low and push the mixture off to one side, then pour your eggs on the other side of skillet and scramble, mix everything together and push to one side again. Now add the rice, soy sauce and sesame oil and let the soy sauce coat the rice. Stir entire pan together and serve immediately.

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