The idea of Chinese food always sounds good. I always think that I love Chinese food until we order it from the typical Chinese carryout restaurant and I realize that I’m not sure what I loved about it… its heavy, salty, MSG-filled, and covered in random mystery sauces. Oh and it makes my IBS flare up!
Make your own! I love homemade Chinese food because it is light, filled with veggies, flavorful and totally customizable! Totally opposite of the restaurant version.
My favorite Chinese food is chicken fried rice. For this recipe I used the leftover Chinese restaurant white rice that no one eats because they always buy fried rice… If you are smart enough not to order Chinese food from a restaurant then you can make your own white rice or brown rice and use it in this recipe.
If you eat chicken and rice regularly and keep it around the house you can put this dinner together in a matter of minutes.
- 3C white (or brown) rice
- 2 tsp sesame oil, divided
- ¼ C soy sauce
- ¼ C frozen peas
- ¼ C frozen corn
- 1 large carrot, small dice
- 2 eggs
- 1 chicken breast, cooked and diced
- Heat 1 tsp sesame oil in a large pan. When hot, add frozen peas, corn and diced carrots and cook for a few minutes, until soft.
- Add cooked rice to the pan and mix with vegetables.
- Add diced chicken to the pan and heat ingredients together.
- Push the contents of the pan to one side. Pour remaining sesame oil (1 tsp) on empty side of the pan. Scramble eggs and add to pan. Mix eggs while cooking to scramble.
- Incorporate scrambled eggs in with the rice mixture until evenly combined.
- Pour soy sauce over contents of pan and mix again until evenly combined.
Protein – Use thin slices of beef or small shrimp in place of chicken
Vegetables – Any vegetables are fair game here! Broccoli bits, chopped onions, zucchini, etc. This is one way you can truly customize your meal!
Soy Sauce – this is an important part of the dish but there are alternatives that you can buy. There are many brands of soy sauce. Kikkoman in particular has gluten-free soy sauce and tamari that has limited ingredients. Bragg Liquid Aminos is an alternative to soy sauce and tamari that is not fermented (better alternative for those that are tyramine sensitive). Bragg Coconut Aminos is another alternative that is soy free and not fermented.
Do you make fried rice at home? What ingredients do you use?