The best homemade chicken fried rice

I don’t know about all of you, but I seriously love chicken fried rice. Occasionally I’ll go for some orange chicken, fried dumplings, pork fried rice…The list goes on.

Anyway-I had made some garlic brown sugar chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner and it wasn’t what I was expecting. It wasn’t bad! Don’t get me wrong..It just wasn’t as good as the tangy honey chicken I had made (read “Food” for that recipe). I had some left over and was craving chicken fried rice (as usual-I could eat it every day), but I didn’t want to go and buy some so I searched up a recipe.

I already had all of the ingredients, which always makes it easier, and that included the chicken. It had been sitting in the fridge a couple days so some of the baste soaked into the chicken making the flavor sink in more.

Here is the chicken recipe I used: Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Ingredients: 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 4 garlic cloves, minced 4 tblspoon brown sugar 3 teaspoons olive oil Instructions: Preheat oven to 500°F and lightly grease a casserole dish. In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar. Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes.

This is a great chicken to use for fried rice because it’s a great mixture of sweet and garlic.

For the rice I only used 2 chicken breast’ instead of 4. Believe me, it was plenty.

I like to leave it in the fridge over night so that the juice soaks into the chicken. Then the day of I chop it up.

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As all fried rice recipes will tell you, you need to cook the rice before hand and add it in cold. I like to do this the day of so that it isn’t super hard and you don’t have to used as much soy sauce. To each his own, though.

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I also, as well as Peter, really like tomatoes and usually you use tomato in a thai fried rice and I actually tend to like that recipe better..So I added those in. While the rice was cooking I went ahead and chopped that up, as well as some for a garnish.

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Now the recipe I used for the  fried rice calls for onion, but you can really use whatever you want in this rice as long as you follow the basic instructions. The first time I cooked this I used just peas and carrots, but this time I added in soy beans and greens beans. Not my favorite…But I’m just picky.

Here is the recipe: Chinese Chicken Fried Rice
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chinese-chicken-fried-rice-ii/detail.aspx

Once the rice was hot I added the diced tomatoes and stirred them in.

Just as a note-I almost tripled this recipe. So instead of 2 cups of (cooked) white rice I used 5. (I put in 3 cups of rice to cook so I had a lot left over)
It works out, though because I ended up with a lot of left overs and I didn’t end up with too much cooked white rice I had no use for.
Tip-make sure to use a deep pan if you are doing such a large quantity. It keeps the kitchen from ending up in such a disaster. And if you’re anything like me, I think the cleaning is the worst part (well duh, cause the eating is the best!)

Yummmmm

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Here’s to chicken fried rice and much more home cooking!

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So very behind (Part 1)

I have a serious problem. I’m super flaky lately. With school, work, wedding planning, trying to keep up with friends, spending weekends with Pete, my friends wedding…I think I might go crazy. Haha

Actually I’m fine. Really what has happened to the whole blogging thing is that I found it took the back seat and other things became priority. I still did the picture thing (so this one will be a long one) cause I’m determined to keep up with what I started.

So here it goes…stay with me!

February 11th-What was left of the snow on Tuesday.

February 11th-What was left of the snow on Tuesday.

February 12th-My boss gave me a handful of snickers. She knows me so well.

February 12th-My boss gave me a handful of snickers. She knows me so well.

February 14th-My love gave me a bouquet of candy and extra snickers. He totally gets me.

February 14th-My love gave me a bouquet of candy and extra snickers. He totally gets me.

February 15th-Pete and I went to Pix Patisserie. It was really good. As usual. If you've never been, you should fix that.

February 15th-Pete and I went to Pix Patisserie. It was really good. As usual. If you’ve never been, you should fix that.

February 16th-One of my nieces was trying on my boots. She's so cute.

February 16th-One of my nieces was trying on my boots. She’s so cute.

February 17th-I don't know why..But I really love the word "Girth". It cracks me up.

February 17th-I don’t know why..But I really love the word “Girth”. It cracks me up.

February 18th-My mom has been making cookies for "The Little Mermaid Jr". My sister is the star of the play. The chocolate for the top of the cookies are really turning out well.

February 18th-My mom has been making cookies for “The Little Mermaid Jr”. My sister is the star of the play. The chocolate for the top of the cookies are really turning out well.

February 19th-I always loved watching the games in the park. I used to sit on the trampoline and watch them play.

February 19th-I always loved watching the games in the park. I used to sit on the trampoline and watch them play.

February 20th-Day after my brother in-laws birthday we went to Acapulco and I got the Burrito Gigante. SOOO good...annnnd I didn't finish it.

February 20th-Day after my brother in-laws birthday we went to Acapulco and I got the Burrito Gigante. SOOO good…annnnd I didn’t finish it.

Ok I’ll leave it there…Just so one entry isn’t so stinking long. See you in part two!

Boutonnieres, Candy, and Chinese

This week has brought on a lot of wedding planning, work, and school junk. It’s not that I don’t like wedding planning-it mostly that everyone has an opinion about what I should or shouldn’t do and I find it slightly aggravating.

It will take me a while to get to the point where I can ignore comments and just do what I want. I’ll get there eventually.

January 22nd-I found myself craving M&M's with peanuts after the gym. So I bought some. A lot of them.

January 22nd-I found myself craving M&M’s with peanuts after the gym. So I bought some. A lot of them.

I’m trying to keep on top of the wedding planning. It isn’t easy, but I really want to take advantage of the time I have left so I don’t end up freaking out about these stupid things right before the wedding. I made a commitment to make the bouquets and boutonnieres so I’m not going to waste the money and time I’ve spent on them. I feel pretty happy with the results I have thus far and there’s only a couple finishing touches to add.

January 23rd-I went to my friends house so she could help me making more button flowers for the bouquets and I ended up just making the  boutonnieres. I still have more to make for attendants, moms and such but I have the groomsmen and dads all done. Just need to add leaves, floral tape, and ribbon. :)

January 23rd-I went to my friends house so she could help me making more button flowers for the bouquets and I ended up just making the boutonnieres. I still have more to make for attendants, moms and such but I have the groomsmen and dads all done. Just need to add leaves, floral tape, and ribbon. 🙂

I went to the gym once this week on top of Yoga. The food aspect of being healthy didn’t work out so well, but I’ll get back on track.

January 24th-My pregnant sister was craving Chinese food so I went to my favorite (Portland) Chinese restaurant. I always have the best leftovers.

January 24th-My pregnant sister was craving Chinese food so I went to my favorite (Portland) Chinese restaurant. I always have the best leftovers.

All in all a successful week. For those of you who live in Portland, I hope you survive the wind. For the rest of you, I hope you have a good weekend.