Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

The name says it all: One of the most nutritionally dubious white rice combined with the most treacherous technique , frying. For the Chinese people, rice is the staple food in everyday meals. They eat it as Westerners do with bread. Rice is cooked by boiling or steaming, till it absorbs as much water as it can.

1 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
4 scallions, greens and whites separated, chopped
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium zucchini, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 cups bite-size broccoli florets
2 cups mushrooms (preferably shiitake), stems removed, sliced
1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, sliced into thin bite-size pieces
4 cups cooked brown rice
2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 eggs, lightly beaten

In a wok or a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is lightly smoking, add the scallion whites, ginger, and garlic and cook for 30 to 45 seconds. Add the zucchini, carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, using a spatula to stir the vegetables throughout. Add the chicken and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes, until the pieces are no longer pink.
Stir in the rice and soy sauce and cook for another 5 minutes, allowing the rice to get crispy on the bottom. Create an empty space in the middle of the pan and add the eggs. Use a spoon or the spatula to quickly scramble the eggs until light and fluffy, then stir them into the rest of the ingredients. Serve garnished with the scallion greens.

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