Every so often, as I am sure most of us do, I am overcome with the most overwhelming craving for some sort of take-out food or another. This week, I was struck with the Chinese food bug, and once that thought enters my mind, there is simply no turning back. The problem is, one of my favorite and most craved menu items is good old fashioned Chicken Fried Rice. As the name suggests, it is none to healthy for you, full of sodium, and tends to leave me feeling lethargic and weighed down.
Now, I am always on the lookout for homemade options of my favorite junk foods, as they are usually a lot more economical to make at home and a whole heck of alot healthier. Plus, you know what all of the ingredients are, where they came from, and how fresh they are, giving you more leeway to add organic ingredients that are more nourishing and flavorful. How can you beat that?! I prefer to save my precious, hard-earned pennies for treating myself to unique chef-inspired dining. The rest can be done at home, thank you very much.
So, to quell this craving, I struck out to find a recipe for my coveted Chicken Fried Rice that would satisfy my urge. There is nothing worse than ignoring such an urge, cause I find in those instances, I just end up eating a whole bunch of other foods in an attempt to avoid the junk, but end up eating what I wanted in the first place anyway. Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I am talking about, Willis. After much trial and error, tasting and adding ingredients, this is the recipe that I rested on and it was even BETTER than the “oily bohunk” variety found in the restaurants ($5 if you can name that pop-culture reference, you children of the 80’s).
So, if you are like me, and CFR is your weakness, I suggest you give this a whirl and let me know what you think! This one is especially easy to prepare if you have kids and need to cook with minimal effort, cause you can use your frozen veggies and pick up a rotisserie chicken if you are low on time.If you are at the store, I suggest picking up some fresh bean sprouts and tossing them into the mix as well for some healthy, authentic crunch.
Also, I am accepting all challenges for other Chinese menu items that will taste almost exactly like the real thing, as opposed to a heap of aged cardboard. Let me know what your faves are and I will get to it and post the results right here on this very blog. It’s like magic!