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11 August 2013

Chicken Fried Rice, Take 2

I am totally a quote person! Absolutely love them! In fact, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to quotes that I love. And so I wanted to share with you some favorites of mine:

"The trouble is, you think you have time." -- Buddha

"Some people come in your life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons." -- Mother Teressa

"In life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love." -- Mother Teressa

"My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness." --Dalai Lama

"Sometimes you need crazy."

"It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless." -- L.R. Knost

"When someone else's happiness is your happiness, that is love." -- Lana Del Rey

"Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace."

"Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." --Albert Einstein

Since my last post, my glasses have come in! But since I hate selfies (which has really just grown since my rant) and maybe ::cough:: am too lazy to put on make up ;) I will wait till tomorrow for the hubby to take pictures of my new "look." ::Crossing my fingers:: that everyone will like it. I haven't even sent a picture to my sister! And though it is helping, my eyes are still adjusting to wearing glasses. It's a weird feeling (like always looking out of a window)-- but the hubby told me that it is normal-- and I just have to give it some time to get used to. I still feel like my eyes are "straining" or "adjusting" but reading and being on the computer is clearer. Lucky thing I took a break and went to Bahama Buck's again! I tried more sour flavors...I love sour flavors!!! I tried super sour red raspberry and super sour pink lemonade! yum!

I have made Chicken Fried Rice before. But I was not totally in love with how it turned out. Though, I did not take down the post, just in case, someone else was totally in love with it. Do not get me wrong-- it was yummy but this recipe is more a perfection of what was already great:) Plus, I really love fried rice! And who can really have too much of it?! Being a food blogger, I try hard not to remake any recipes, but sometimes it just cannot be helped; for 3 main reasons: it was too yummy not to make again, I was not 100% in love with the original recpie, and/or I cringed at how I took pictures of my earlier recipes. And in this case, it was the latter two. I was super happy with how this re-take recipe came out! Really delicious! It was super simple (it only required 1 pan!), though had a few more steps involved (i.e., and by steps I mean plates ;). And....it had lots of left overs, which means I can now focus on making more important things... DESSERT :)

Adapted from Rachel Shultz


Olive oil for cooking
1 1/2 large chicken breasts, sliced into strips
1 c. diced onions
2 green onions, diced (optional)
1 c. frozen peas and carrots, thawed
6 large eggs, whisked
3 tbsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. minced garlic
4 c. cooked rice
1/4-1/3 c. soy sauce
Salt and pepper


This recipe only requires the use of one large skillet or wok. Just wipe down the wok with a paper towel after making each component. You will see what I am talking about below:
Heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a large wok over medium heat, cook chicken breasts until crisp and golden on the outside (and cooked through on the inside). Set aside on a plate.

[wipe down wok] Again, heat another tbsp. of olive oil in the same large wok over medium heat. Saute onion until translucent. Then add in peas and carrots, stir frying until warm and tender. Set aside on another plate.

[wipe down wok] Then heat a little bit of olive oil, just enough to coat the bottom of the wok, over medium-low heat. Pour eggs into wok and scramble until light and fluffy. Set aside on a plate. (do not worry-- this is the last plate you'll need besides the one you will be eating on).

[wipe down wok] Almost there-- in the wok heat up the sesame oil over medium heat. Add in minced garlic, and cook until fragrant and slightly browned. If you like green onions like I do, add 2 shallots in with the garlic. Using a spatula fold in rice into the sesame oil, garlic mixture. Continue "frying" the rice for 3-5 minutes. Once the rice is well coated in the sesame oil,  drizzle soy sauce over rice and continue to fold in until rice is well coated. Start with 1/4 c.-- if desired taste/color is not achieved, add additional soy sauce one tbsp. at a time. Then fold in peas and carrots, eggs, and chicken-- one at a time--until evenly distributed throughout rice. Finally add in salt and pepper to taste.


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