Someone in my accountability group asked me to share my recipe for my chicken fried quinoa. It is not really my own, it is a fried rice recipe that I had gotten from a friend, years ago. I just made it my own with a healthier version, so I can still enjoy it now that I am on my fitness journey. Believe me, it is still just as good.
I don’t really follow a recipe as far as measurements go, so adjust accordingly. When I make it, it feeds my family of seven with some left over for the kids to have for lunch the next day.
I will share with you the original recipe that I use with the healthier (quinoa) version in parentheses.
1 pk. chicken breast, boneless thighs or tenders
2 c. uncooked rice (quinoa)
2 small bags of frozen peas and carrots
6 scrambled eggs
soy sauce (liquid aminos) to taste
green onions (optional)
salt/pepper to taste
Cook rice (quinoa) early in the day according to directions. This will yield four cups. Once it is done, let cool for a bit and set it in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook dinner. You don’t want to fry hot rice (quinoa), you will have a sticky, mushy mess.
When you are ready to assemble dinner, start your chicken in a little bit of olive oil in a big frying pan. Feel free to make this your own, too. I don’t usually use other meats, but you can also make it with beef, shrimp or even pork. Season with just a little bit of salt and pepper. Keep in mind, when you begin to stir fry, the soy sauce (liquid aminos) has a salty taste.
While this is cooking, add your frozen peas and carrots to a separate pot and cook according to the directions. Add a little bit of salt to this. You want to season each layer, so when you add it all together it’s not bland.
You also want another smaller frying pan to cook your eggs. I just add a bit of olive oil and crack them directly in the pan and scramble. Have you seen in done at the Hibachi grill? They never scramble the eggs in a bowl first.
Once your chicken is just about cooked, you want to grab the rice (quinoa) out of the fridge.
Slowly add the rice (quinoa) to the cooking chicken. Pour in some soy sauce (liquid aminos). Continue to do this until all of the rice (quinoa) is incorporated. Then mix in the peas and carrots. Lastly, add in your cooked eggs. Do a quick taste test to see if you have enough soy sauce (liquid aminos). Once you are satisfied, you are done.
Plate and garnish with the chopped green onion.
Enjoy your chicken fried rice (quinoa)!