Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spicy Chicken Fried Rice


Some nights when my mom doesn't feel like cooking so she orders in Chinese food. It's one of our family's go to favorites.


During cooking camp this summer I learned you don't always have to order in when you have a craving for restaurant favorites you can make it yourself. Each day at Classic Thyme Cooking Camp this summer we cooked recipes from different cuisines. For example, one day we made all French food and another day it was all Polish food. On the final day of camp, we learned how to cook Asian food.


One of the recipes we made that day was fried rice. I really enjoyed this recipe because it was not only delicious to eat... it was also fun to make! Here is a modified version of Spicy Chicken Fried Rice with Tempeh


This is what you will need…





2-3 tablespoons regular olive oil

1⁄2 cup chopped scallion, green and white

1⁄2 cup chopped celery

1⁄2 cup chopped red pepper

2 minced garlic cloves 

1 pound chicken breast, cut up into small pieces

2-3 eggs

3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 cups cooked white rice

2 cups tempeh chopped (optional)

Before you begin chopping up your ingredients, start cooking your rice according to the package.

Heat olive oil in a wok or medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the scallions, celery, red pepper and garlic. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.




Next add the chicken and cook thoroughly. To save time, I use Perdue Short Cuts Chicken Breast or any other precooked chicken I have on hand such as left overs.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, then gently add to the vegetables. Stir continuously until the egg is cooked and evenly distributed.



Add the cooked rice, tempeh, soy sauce, sesame oil, and cook until almost dry. If you are wondering what tempeh is, it's a soy product from Indonesia. You can find it in the section of your grocery store that has tofu. It looks kind of funny but, just like tofu, it takes on the flavor of the dish...which make this fast yummy.



Once it is ready serve it in bowls or on plates to your whole family. Season with additional soy sauce or sesame oil if needed. I like to serve the fried rice with edamame.

Spicy Chicken Fried Rice

2-3 tablespoons regular olive oil

1⁄2 cup chopped scallion, green and white

1⁄2 cup chopped celery

1⁄2 cup chopped red pepper

2 minced garlic cloves 

1 pound chicken breast, cut up into small pieces

2-3 eggs

3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 cups cooked white rice

2 cups tempeh chopped (optional)

Before you begin chopping up your ingredients, start cooking your rice according to the package.
Heat olive oil in a wok or medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the scallions, celery, red pepper and garlic.
Cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
Next add the chicken and cook thoroughly.
In a bowl, whisk eggs together, then gently add to the vegetables. Stir continuously until the egg is cooked and evenly distributed. Add the cooked rice, tempeh, soy sauce, sesame oil, and cook until almost dry.
Season with additional soy sauce or sesame oil if needed.

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