Chinese takeaways can be found in most towns in Northern Ireland, and it’s easy to see why. There’s just something special about Asian cuisine, and when it comes to Asian food in Northern Ireland, it’s Chinese influenced dishes, restaurants and takeaways that lead the way. We enjoy the odd Chinese takeaway ourselves, but recently we’ve been trying to be good and cut down on eating fast food. Just because we have stopped going to the takeaway shops, doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy our favourite dishes. The solution is simple – make them ourselves!
Chinese style chicken fried rice
We had some leftover chicken from making a spicy beer can roast chicken (recipe to follow), so we decided to put them towards one of our favourite Chinese dishes – chicken fried rice.
- 250g rice
- 4 rashers unsmoked bacon, diced
- 1/2 cup of frozen peas
- 2 eggs
- 2 chicken breasts, pre cooked and sliced
To make the curry mix
- 1 tbsp curry powder (mild heat)
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp chilli sauce
- Bunch fresh coriander, chopped
Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 15 minutes
Serves 4 people
1. Begin boiling your rice
Add your rice to a pot of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. While your rice is cooking, start preparing your ingredients to mix in with the rice.
2. Prepare your ingredients
Crack your 2 eggs into a bowl and put them into the microwave for 1 minute on full power. Remove and cut into small chunks to add to the rice later. Next up you will need to get your chicken ready. We advice using pre-cooked chicken so if you need to cook your chicken, do so in advance. Slice your chicken into small pieces and set aside to add to the rice at the last minute. We used leftover spicy chicken for an added bit of heat to the dish. Add boiling water to your peas and leave them to the side to slowly heat through. The peas will be added later to fully cook.
3. Fry the bacon and add the cooked rice
Add your chopped bacon to a hot wok or frying pan and cook until crispy. This should only take a couple of minutes and by now your rice should be ready to drain. Leave the rice aside for a couple of minutes, reduce the heat under your wok and add your chopped egg. Gently mix with the bacon and allow the egg to colour slightly. Now add your peas and drained rice to the wok and gently stir with the bacon and egg.
4. Add your curry mix and sliced chicken to the rice
While the rice, egg, bacon and peas are gently heating through, mix the ingredients for your curry mix together in a small bowl. Once the ingredients have combined, pour the curry mix over the rice and stir through. Add your sliced chicken at this stage and cook for a further 2-3 minutes before removing from the heat and serving.
Here’s a quick video from our Instagram channel that takes you through the different steps to making this dish.
Are you a fan of cooking Asian food at home?
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