What do I when it’s cinco de mayo and my boyfriend is out of town?
Make fried rice, obviously.
I love cooking, but on nights that I’m home alone, I don’t feel like putting
a lot of effort into making dinner. Usually I’ll end up having a salad or some leftovers, but I was really craving Chinese food tonight.
And so the fried rice happened. Leftover grilled chicken and brown rice doesn’t have to be another boring dinner! And this homemade fried rice is a lot healthier of an option than some (very tempting) takeout.
This basic recipe is very customizable to your tastes. Feel free to substitute (an equal amount of) different vegetables, tofu or another protein for the chicken, and white rice for brown. Whatever you want!
FRIED RICE FOR ONE
Serves: 1 (obviously)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
1 serving (about 2/3 cup) cooked brown rice
3-4 Oz cooked chicken, chopped
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
1/3 cup frozen peas
Chop carrots, broccoli, and chicken into small bite sized pieces.
Add carrots, broccoli, and 1-2 tablespoons water to a work or large skillet. Cook on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes or until the veggies have begun to soften.
Add chicken, rice, and peas and cook for 3 minutes.
Create a well in the center of the rice mixture. Crack egg into the center and scramble until egg is cooked. Stir egg into the rest of the rice.
Add soy sauce, salt, and pepper to taste.
Boom! Healthy and delicious dinner for one.
(After adding the egg I threw in some chopped pineapple because I had it on hand and it sounded good. Feel free to skip this step.)