July 6, 2015

Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

If you know me, you know that I am not a cook...not even remotely. There are about five dishes that I can make successfully (seven if you count Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and Ramen Noodles, which are totally legit dishes in their own rights), but otherwise, the cooking gene has absolutely eluded me! Luckily for me, G is a fantastic chef and he cooks our meals nearly every night.

However, this is one of the recipes that I can make - so you know that it's going to be easy. It's also the recipe that I get requests for most often, so you know that it's going to be delicious! I promise, you won't be disappointed!


Ingredients:
- 4 cups cooked white rice
- Chicken, pork, shrimp, or other meat of your choice (I prefer chicken)
- 1 lb. bacon
- 1 medium sized white onion, chopped
- 5 eggs
- Ginger (either fresh or powdered is fine)
- Soy sauce
- Salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Start cooking your rice - once it's completely cooked, set aside. 


2. Prep your meat selection. I typically cook up a few chicken breasts in the oven while my rice is cooking. This is also a great way to use up your leftover rotisserie chicken or pork chops. Any meat choice will do, but the most popular are chicken, pork, or shrimp.

3. Prep your eggs. This can be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, I assure you it's pretty simple. Crack your eggs into a small bowl and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Then, you're going to make a sort of "egg pancake". Pour the egg mixture into a hot skillet (use non-stick spray if your skillet is not stick-free) and let it cook. Once it has cooked, you're going to flip the egg onto the other side and allow it to complete cooking for a bit. This usually goes pretty quickly - I doubt you'll need more than two minutes total. 



4. Remove your "egg pancake" from the skillet and slice into strips. Set aside. 

5. It's onion chopping time - try your best not to tear up. I am rarely successful in this endeavor! Set aside.

6. Now it's time for the best part - BACON! Slice up the bacon into small pieces...I usually end up with 1"x1" squares. All your prep work is finally complete! Time to do some real cooking! Put the bacon in the skillet and cook until crispy. Leave the bacon in the skillet and DO NOT DRAIN THE GREASE




7. Separate the grease from the bacon by scooting the bacon to one side of the skillet. Use the bacon grease to cook down the onion. Remember...I said this recipe was delicious. I never said it was healthy! ;)


8. Add the ginger to the bacon grease and onion mixture. Start small - this is a very important part of this recipe, but a little can go a long way. You can always add a little more later! 

9. Toss all the ingredients into the skillet that were previously prepped and set aside - rice, chicken, and eggs. Mix everything together and saute for a few minutes. 




10. Add soy sauce to taste. This is another ingredient that you may want to add slowly and gradually - it's always easier to add more than to take away! Give it a little taste - if you feel like your fried rice needs more ginger, now is the time to add more!


11. ENJOY!


If you decide to give this amazing recipe a try, I would love to hear what variations you tried to make it your own! I think that's one of the best parts of this particular meal - you can add or remove any ingredients you want to really make it work for you and your family. What additions did you make? 
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