This week, we made chicken fried rice. The Hubster added it to our meal plan and so I decided to tackle the dish. We’ve made it before using pre-made seasoning packets but I don’t care for them. The rice never tasted right.
I did a little googling and discovered that if you use sesame oil instead of olive oil, it makes your fried rice taste more like the real deal. Well, as real as Chinese take out is. We went to the commissary, and they actually had some! I’m really not that surprised, there is a huge Asian presence on the island.
I cooked the chicken separately, I used ginger, garlic powder, and onion powder to season it and I cooked it with about half a small yellow onion. I used frozen peas and carrots, which I defrosted before adding it to the rice.
Then, I added some teriyaki sauce, some butter, and about a tablespoon of the sesame oil. As soon as I opened the oil, it just smelled so good. So familiar. So much like commercial Chinese food, I knew we were in for a treat. I let it all simmer together and get “fried” for about 10 minutes, stirring ever so often because we do not like crunchy rice.
Then, we chowed down. It was so good. The sesame oil was definitely the key to a successful homemade Chinese dish!
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