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Cantonese Chicken & Bok Choy Fried Rice

May/June 2014

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In this healthy fried rice recipe, chicken, bok choy and carrots are tossed with Cantonese oyster sauce for a delicious one-bowl dinner. If you don’t have leftover cooked rice on hand, be sure to thoroughly cool your rice before adding it to the wok—if it’s too warm, it creates too much steam and sticks to the wok. To quickly cool warm rice, spread out on a large baking sheet and refrigerate while you prep the rest of your ingredients, about 15 minutes.


Cantonese Chicken & Bok Choy Fried Rice

Makes: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 1/3 cups

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon peanut or canola oil plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chopped baby bok choy
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 2 cups cold cooked brown rice
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce (see Tip)

Preparation

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large flat-bottomed carbon-steel wok or large, heavy skillet over high heat. Add eggs and cook, without stirring, until fully cooked on one side, about 30 seconds. Flip and cook until just cooked through, about 15 seconds. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the wok along with scallions, ginger and garlic; cook, stirring, until scallions have softened, about 30 seconds. Add chicken and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add bok choy and carrots; cook, stirring, until just tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer the contents of the wok to a large plate.
  3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the wok; add rice and stir until hot, 1 to 2 minutes. As you stir, pull the rice from the bottom to the top so it all gets coated with oil and evenly cooked.
  4. Return the chicken, vegetables and eggs to the wok; add oyster sauce and stir until well combined.

Tips & Notes

  • Oyster sauce is a richly flavored Chinese condiment made from oysters and brine. Look for in large supermarkets near other Asian ingredients or at Asian specialty markets.
  • Give grains a cooldown: To cool grains down quickly, spread them out on a foil-lined baking sheet. The surface area helps speed cooling, while the foil prevents any residual flavors on the pan from seeping in.

Nutrition

Per serving: 378 calories; 18 g fat (4 g sat, 8 g mono); 199 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 1 g total sugars; 25 g protein; 3 g fiber; 619 mg sodium; 541 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (85% daily value), Vitamin C (20% dv), Magnesium (18% dv), Zinc (17% dv), Potassium (15% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1/2 vegetable, 2 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 medium-fat meat, 1 1/2 fat


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Recipe Categories

Total Time
45 minutes or less
Ethnic/Regional
Chinese
American
Servings
4
Main Ingredient
Chicken
Preparation/ Technique
Saute
Stir-Fry
Meal/Course
Dinner

Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Publication
May/June 2014
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