Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fried Rice with Chicken and Shiitake Mushrooms

I make fried rice often, and it's really a full meal when you add chicken, mushrooms and veggies. This is quick and easy to make, and it makes great lunch leftovers that you can take to work the next day.


3 cups of white rice
1 chicken breast, cut into about 1/2 in cubes
4-5 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
1 carrot, sliced
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 tsp minced ginger
4 Tbsp oil
4 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
salt to taste
pinch of sugar

First, set the rice to cook in your rice cooker, while you cut up the veggies. Heat the oil in the large wok, then add the chicken breast. When it browns, which should take only a few minutes, you can add the veggies. Fry all together for about 5 minutes. At this point, add salt and a dash of sugar.

It should look something like this when it's done frying (picture below). Don't over cook, or the veggies will disintegrate and form a sauce.

When the veggies have desired consistency, add cooked white rice and stir. Make sure you stir well, so that the veggies don't burn in the bottom of the wok. Also, during the stirring, the rice will continue to cook and get the flavors from the oil and veggies.

Sprinkle rice vinegar and stir well. Then add soy sauce and stir again for a couple of minutes. You may turn off the burner now. Your fried rice is ready.

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1 comment:

  1. Great recipe! Shiitake Mushrooms are excellent for health. My mushroom books tell me they enhance the immune system(exact mechanism isn't known I believe) and that they are hepato-protective. That is they help prevent damage to the liver from toxins( Also cinnamin and Milk Thistle extract, silibinin). In addition I always seem to have vivid dreams that I remember in the morning after eating Shiitake mushrooms. Not erotic necessarily but vivid. For erotic dreams mix in a little 80% dark chocolate before going to sleep!