Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fried Rice

There's a fantastic Japanese restaurant in Kingsport that I love! "Moto's is always on my mind..." Anyway, I love their food! They serve this great hot broth/soup stuff when you get there. Amazing! And the food is out of this world. You can get this meal with almost any kind of meat that you want but my favorites are the chicken and the 'yaki (beef terriyaki). Since Kingsport is not within driving distance just to go out to eat (sorry, parents!), we recreate this meal at home sometimes!

2 chicken breasts, cubed
salt and pepper
1 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder
1/2 package mushrooms, sliced
2 cups cooked rice
2-4 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup each frozen corn and frozen peas
1 beaten egg

I always get the meal with carrots as a side. Some people choose zucchini and onions.
So slice your carrots on the diagonal. Now at the restaurant they have a cutter that leaves a design in the carrots. I'm not that cool.

Slice 3-4 carrots and boil in water until tender. Drain. Serve on the side. Simple and delicious with this meal!

Instant rice cooks beautifully but it's also more expensive. I don't buy it anymore. However, I have a problem with my rice clumping together when I buy other kinds. And that's gross. Stacy Makes Cents taught me a trick to fix that! Boil your rice like you would pasta until it's tender. Drain and use like normal. Hurray for good rice! The texture is amazing, just be sure you use plenty of water!

Saute your chicken in pan over medium heat with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. When chicken is almost finished cooking, add mushrooms. Cook for 3-4 minutes until mushrooms are soft.

Turn heat down to medium low and add rice. Immediately start stirring and your rice will pick up all the wonderful chicken flavors off the bottom of the pan. While stirring, add your soy sauce to desired taste and cook until warm. Add beaten egg and stir quickly. You don't want your egg to scramble. Stir until egg is cooked and add frozen veggies. Cook five minutes or until the food is warm all the way through.

Serve with carrots on the side! Next time try it with beef, shrimp, or pork!

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