Whenever I cook too much rice and I must admit I often do that deliberately. I tub some up in the fridge so I can make this or my basic egg fried rice the next day.
Fried rice is a great way of using left over rice and you can add pretty much anything you like to it from the usual food groups of vegetables and protein.
When making fried rice you should always used chilled rice, it is near impossible to make a good fried rice with freshly cooked rice, because it all just clumps together and goes stodgy. Not something anyone is going to enjoy.
Chicken or Pork fried rice were a staple dish I would order from the Chinese, they just always feel like a complete meal rather than just a bowl or rice. So when I started Slimming World, I was determined to come up with my own low syn recipe I could enjoy at home. I have to say this is pretty authentic.
CHICKEN FRIED RICE
2 cups of cooked rice (make sure it is cold)
3 raw chicken thighs (or can use some leftover cooked chicken), chopped small
1 small onion, chopped finely
half red pepper, chopped finely
1 small stalk of celery, chopped finely
1 small carrot, chopped finely
4 mushrooms, chopped finely
¼ cup of frozen peas
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
3 tablespoons of soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon of sesame oil (2 syns)
2 spring onions finely chopped
Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with some spray oil
Add the chicken, season with black pepper and fry till golden, remove and set aside.
Add the onion, celery, garlic and ginger and cook for a few mins to soften.
Add the carrot , mushrooms and red pepper and fry for a further couple of mins.
Add the soy sauce, chicken and rice, and using a the back of a the wooden spoon break up any big pieces of rice.
Add the peas and sesame oil and stir to evenly coat.
Then make a hole in the middle of the mixture, spray with a little spray oil and pour in the beaten eggs, stirring the egg continuously until the egg starts to cook and then you can mix it all into the rice.
Add some chopped spring onions (optional)
This is great served on it’s own or as part of a meal
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