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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rainbow Chicken Fried Rice

So you've made a dragon puppet, some lanterns and have good luck symbols adorning your home, now you need some food! I know, I know, this is an ART blog, not a food blog, but no Chinese New Year celebration would be complete without a feast! Here's an easy, kid-friendly meal that your child will love to eat and can even help you make. My four-year-old loved picking out the veggies for the meal and was able to chop some of them with his safety knife. My 9-year-old also cut the veggies (using a real knife) and did all of the stir-frying.
Mmmm...try this rice recipe...

Rainbow Chicken Fried Rice, Serves 6 or so

Early in day: 
Cook 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice with 3 cups of water.
Cook 3/4-1 pound chicken breasts until done. Cool and chop into bite-sized pieces.
Refrigerate rice and chicken until later.

At dinner-time:
Make egg pancakes: Beat 3 whole eggs and 1 egg white in a bowl. Heat 1 tsp. oil in wok over medium-high heat. Pour in half of the egg mixture. Cook, using a spatula to gently lift the cooked portion up allowing the uncooked egg to flow underneath. Gently flip the pancake over to thoroughly cook. When done, remove to cutting board. Repeat with additional egg mixture. When cool, chop both pancakes into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

Prepare the following for the stir-fry:
  • 1 red pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into "coins"
  • 1 can of stir-fry cut baby corn, drained
  • 2 scallions (green parts only), chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • oil, I use an olive oil/canola blend
  • low sodium soy sauce, about 1/4 cup, or to taste
Let's Go! (Method):

1. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in wok over medium-high heat. Add carrots and sauté for 3 mins.
2. Add peppers and sauté 2 mins.
3. Add peas & scallions and sauté 2 mins.
4. Add 1 Tbsp. more oil and add rice and chicken. Stir gently to mix. Heat a couple of minutes and then add corn and egg pieces. Heat through.
5. Add soy sauce to taste (I used about 1/4 cup).

Serve with oranges and fortune cookies. YUM! Good luck to you and your family in this new year!

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