My Daughter’s Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice with sliced peaches on the side, (so tasty).

My daughter came over and offered to make dinner for us. I said, “Heck Yes”!!!

I asked her what she had in mind. She asked me what I had in the house.

Well, I had quite a bit of boneless skinless chicken breasts and a bag of mixed vegetables in the freezer. That was a good start. She asked if I had white rice, (I did). She knew I had a bottle of organic coconut aminos, (as she saw it in the refrigerator). She also asked if I had a yellow onion. That was a yes too.

She got started.

Ingredients, (try to use organics whenever you can)

For frying the 4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast;

  • Spray avocado oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon coarse ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic

For Scrambling Eggs;

  • 2 Chicken Eggs, (I like brown, but you can use white chicken eggs)

For Cooking Everything in a Pot;

  • Spray avocado oil
  • ½ of a large organic yellow onion diced, (or 1 whole medium organic yellow onion diced)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, (already diced, seasoned and fried)
  • 6 cups white rice, (already cooked)
  • 3 cups frozen mixed vegetables, (carrots, corn, green beans and green peas were what was used in this dish)
  • ½ cup organic coconut aminos

Begin by Cooking the Rice and Frying the Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

It’s great if you have fresh boneless skinless chicken breast, but what I had was frozen. First, they had to be defrosted in our microwave oven.

These 4 chicken breasts have been defrosted.

While the chicken is defrosting, the rice can be started. You can use a pot to cook the rice, or a rice cooker if you have one.

Rice is easily made in my rice cooker.

The brand of rice cooker I like is called Aroma. I have this one for my kitchen and a smaller version of this same brand for my trailer.

This rice cooker holds up to 6 cups of cooked rice. Instructions for cooking rice in this rice cooker came with it.
Cook the rice according to those instructions, or if using a pot to cook the rice, follow the instructions on the rice bag.

Now the rice is cooking. Once defrosted, the chicken needs to be sliced.

We found this Royal brand bamboo cutting board on Amazon, as part of a set of 3, (one small one medium and one large size).

You may not know this, but bamboo is a hard wood. Bamboo is not a tree, but a grass. Even though it is a grass, it is harder than oak. Bamboo will grow to maturity, ready for harvest, in 3 to 5 years. Oak matures in 20 to 30 years. It makes more sense to harvest bamboo than oak for the sake of cutting boards. The next time you want to buy yourself a nice set of cutting boards, save a tree and purchase bamboo cutting boards.

First slice the chicken to make dicing easier.
We found this cutting board on Amazon, as a set of 3 sizes, (small, medium and large). We kept the medium and the large sizes for the house and the small one has a permanent home is our trailer.

Next the chicken needs to be diced.

Dicing takes some time.

Spray avocado oil in a frying pan.

100% pure avocado oil spray
See the avocado oil in the pan? This picture will help you estimate how much you will need.

Heat the avocado oil on medium, (don’t allow it to turn brown), then add the diced chicken.

Put all of the diced chicken into the pan.
Always scrape cut foods from a chopping block with the blade up, (be very careful to avoid injury, as the blade is sharp). Scraping with the blade up reduces damage to your cutting board and helps to keep your knife sharper longer.

Over the top of the chicken, sprinkle ¾ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon coarse ground pepper and 1 tablespoon of granulated garlic, (stir it in).

The diced chicken has been seasoned.

Cook the chicken until all of the pieces no longer have any pink on them, (they should look kind of white when fully cooked). Turn off the heat under the fully cooked chicken.

See how the chicken is starting to turn white, (not as pink as it was). When the pink is gone, turn off the heat below the pan.

Now is a great time to wash and blot dry your cutting board, (hot soapy water and a scrubby to remove raw meat residue works well).

~ I do have a 2nd, smaller cutting board that will be used to dice an onion.

This is half of a large onion, (but you can use a whole medium onion if you want).

The root end will be disposed of after the onion is sliced and diced. For now, it will be left on to keep the onion together while slicing and dicing.

Cut the half in half then slice as seen below.

Cutting an onion can be tricky.

Turn the onion so you can dice it.

Dicing is easier with the root end intact.

I love this GreenLife brand, Soft Grip Diamond Healthy Ceramic Nonstick, 6 QT Stock Pot with Strainer Lid.

It is dishwasher safe according to the manufacturer, (but I do wash it by hand).

Spray the bottom of the pot with avocado oil.

That is avocado oil in the pot. This should help you visualize how much is needed.

Set the burner to medium heat. Put all of the diced onion into the pot. stir and sauté until it is slightly translucent.

When you are done cutting food, make sure to wash the cutting board with hot soapy water, then stand it to dry. Periodically, it is good to treat the surface of the wood with food grade mineral oil.

Add 3 cups of vegetables to the pot, stir and cook for 5 minutes.

We used carrots, corn, green beans and green peas, but you may want to try some other types of frozen or fresh vegetables.

After the vegetables are heated, add the cooked chicken into the pot, and stir.

In the pan you used to cook the chicken, scramble 2 eggs.

We like brown eggs, but you can use white eggs if you prefer.
You can use the spoon and the frying pan that you fried the chicken in, to scramble the 2 eggs.

Add the scrambled eggs to the pot and stir.

~If you want your rice to be fluffy, try to cook off most of the liquid in the pot, before adding the rice.

Add all the cooked rice into the pot.

The rice cooker pot was full of rice, (to the top line).

Stir.

Notice a different spoon is used here than the one used to stir the eggs while they were being scrambled. This is important so you do not accidentally introduced any uncooked egg into the meal.

Traditionally, this recipe calls for soy sauce, but we avoid soy products as much as possible.

We like the Big Tree brand of coco aminos. as it is a soy alternative and it’s organic.

Add ½ cup of organic coconut aminos.

I really like Pyrex measuring cups. They can handle being put in the dishwasher and the microwave. They also have a handy pouring spout for liquids.

Stir.

Stir until all of the rice appears golden instead of white.

It’s time to dish yourself up. Don’t forget to add something nice on the side, like the sliced peaches seen here.

The plate is from my 222 Fifth, pattern Christmas Lane Red Dinnerware.
The flatware is Oneida. The pattern is called Copeland. It is nickel free (identified as 18/0).
The salt and pepper shakers were handed down to me from my mom.
The stemware is Cristal D”Arques, of France and the cut pattern is called Longchamp.
There are 10 items in this picture, sitting on the table cloth and placemat. three of them, I found while treasure hunting. Ask me about treasure hunting some day.

Making Your Place Settings Shine

Flatware

I’m allergic to nickel. Did you know, as of the time of this writing, up to 17% of women are allergic to nickel and 3% of men are too. Most flatware found for sale has nickel in it.

The Copeland pattern is nickel free and is still available through Onida.com. I found a similar pattern on Amazon, also by Oneida. The pattern is called Reyna. It too is 100% nickel free, identified as 18/0, (18% chromium 0% nickel).

If you like this pattern, but aren’t able to find it, in the link above you may see other patterns you like. Just make sure you select a pattern that says it is 18/0 if you want nickel free flatware.

Dishware

The plate you put your food on, can set the mood for the meal. I have several dishware sets. I use different patterns to serve up a meal (depending on how I want to dress up my table). At this time, I do not find my 222 Fifth Christmas Lane pattern available.

I hope you are able to find the right look for your table.

I did find the following 222 Fifth brand patterns still available for purchase. Just click any link or picture to go to Amazon for a better look at these beautiful dish sets.

Blue Adelaide 16 piece place setting, (squared plates)

Turquoise Adelaide 16 piece place setting, (squared plates)

Yellow Adelaide 16 piece place setting, (squared plates)

Black Adelaide 16 piece place setting, (round plates)

Dark Blue Adelaide 16 piece place setting, (round plates)

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