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A timeless staple of many cuisines, chicken fried rice is a dish adored by food enthusiasts all around the world. Its harmony of flavors and the comfort it brings with every spoonful is universally appealing. However, the traditional version of this takeout classic often packs a punch in terms of calories and unhealthy fats. This is where our healthier version steps in. Combining the chef’s culinary skills with the insight of a dietitian and health professional, we’ve designed a recipe that retains the taste you love but reduces the guilt you don’t need.

Why People Love Cooking This Recipe?

From busy parents looking for quick meals to foodies exploring world cuisines, chicken fried rice is a crowd favorite for many reasons. The recipe’s simplicity, flexibility, and time-efficiency make it an excellent choice for many households. With minimum kitchen skills, you can transform readily available ingredients into a satisfying meal. The diversity of the ingredients also allows you to personalize the dish to your liking, adding whatever veggies, protein, or spices you prefer. Plus, it’s an excellent way to use up leftover rice and reduce food waste.

Why This Recipe Is Healthy?

This healthier chicken fried rice version is a balanced meal in itself. Using brown rice over white increases the fiber content, promoting digestive health and aiding in weight management. The chicken provides a good source of lean protein necessary for muscle growth and repair. The medley of vegetables boosts the dish with vitamins and antioxidants that support immune function. Additionally, by controlling the amount of oil and using low-sodium soy sauce, we’re significantly reducing unhealthy fats and sodium that are often high in traditional versions.

Who Can Eat This Recipe?

This recipe caters to a broad demographic. It’s perfect for families, athletes, busy professionals, or anyone trying to maintain a balanced diet. However, for those with specific dietary restrictions, like a gluten intolerance, ensure you’re using gluten-free soy sauce.

In the realm of healthy, delicious, and practical meals, our healthier version of chicken fried rice definitely holds its ground. Packed with nutrients and bursting with flavor, this dish proves that comfort food and health can, indeed, go hand in hand.

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Chicken Fried Rice Recipe Details

Chicken Fried Rice Recipe Details

amelia-taylor
prep time
15 minutes
cooking time
20 minutes
servings
4
total time
35 minutes

Equipment

  • a wok or large frying pan

  • a chopping board

  • a knife

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked brown rice

  • 1 chicken breast, diced

  • 1 cup of mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, bell peppers)

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce

  • Scallions and sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

1

Heat a tablespoon of sesame oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.

2

Add the diced chicken and cook until it's no longer pink.

3

Push the chicken to one side of the pan, pour the beaten eggs into the other side and scramble them.

4

Once the eggs are cooked, mix them with the chicken. Add the mixed vegetables and stir well.

5

Stir in the cooked rice, ensuring everything is mixed well.

6

Pour over the soy sauce and stir again until everything is evenly coated.

7

Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds before serving.

Notes

Using day-old rice helps prevent the dish from becoming mushy as it's less moist. To make this recipe even healthier, you can use brown rice instead of white for added fiber. Incorporating a variety of colorful vegetables not only boosts the dish's nutritional value but also enhances its visual appeal. Make sure to dice the chicken and vegetables into similar-sized pieces to ensure even cooking. And finally, adding the soy sauce last prevents the rice from turning too brown and keeps the individual flavors distinct.
Amelia Taylor
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A creator of healthy recipes, dedicated to nourishing your body with delicious and nutritious meals.
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