One of the things I like to do is try to replicate some of my favorite restaurant or fast food meals. One of my favorite foods, which I guess you would catorgorize as fast food is special fried rice. I made some white rice in my rice cooker a week ago to go with another dish. I purposefully made too much so the extra could be used to make fried rice. I have found that leftover white rice is the best to use for making fried rice. It has a chance to dry out a bit, that makes for better fried rice. I also liked making my own, so I can have larger chuncks of chicken, shrimp, and whatever else I like to put in it.
Special Fried Rice
- 2 Boneless Chicken Thighs, chopped
- 1/2 lb Shrimp (whatever size you like)
- 1/2 cup diced Ham
- 1/2 cup Onion, diced
- 1/2 cup of frozen Peas & Carrots
- Bean sprouts (optional)
- 4 Eggs, scrambled
- 3 cups cooked white rice
- 6 tbps Sesame Oil
- 6 tbps Soy Sauce
- Salt & Pepper
- Make sure you have all of your chicken and onions chopped. Once you have all of your ingredients ready, the process will go pretty fast.
- Pour about 3 tbps of sesame oil into a wok, mainly coat the bottom. Heat on a medium/high heat. Once oil is hot, add onions. If you want them to be soft. If you like your onions a bit firmer, sauté later in the process.
- Once onions have started to soften, add chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook completely.
- When chicken is done, pour into a bowl and put to the side. Then cook shrimp and ham. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Once shrimp and ham is done, pour in the same bowl as chicken.
- Cook eggs in same pan. Once eggs are done, put to the side.
- Check wok, it may need to be cleaned to ensure your fried rice does not stick to the pan and start to burn (learned this the hard way)
- Add remaining sesame oil (another 3 tbps). Cook peas, carrots, and bean sprouts. Once done, add cooked white rice. Add soy sauce. Cook till it is the color you like. I suggest using regular soy sauce, not the light sodium. The light sodium doesn’t add enough flavor.
- Once complete, add in the cooked chicken, shrimp, ham, & egg.
- Stir until everything is warm. Then you are ready to serve.
I made twice the amount of the chicken, shrimp, ham, onion, and bean sprouts mixture. I put the extra in a storage container to use later. I’m going to make Special St. Paul Sandwiches with the extra. With trying to balance work and family I’ve been trying to figure out how to make things in larger quantities to help with meal prepping for the week, while trying to incorporate variety into dinners.