It has been too long since I experimented in the kitchen! I love to cook. I love to try out new recipes & create some of my own. One of my favorite types of food is Chinese. I am a huge rice lover & I could eat spicy food for days. But I also try my best to be healthy in the food choices I make. If you’re like me you will ADORE my newest creation!
This meal is so perfect for meal prepping or just a quick meal for those super busy days. Our kiddos just recently started going to preschool full time [excuse me while I go cry 😭] and I will be working full-time starting next week! Lots of big changes and busy days are ahead. So I need meals just like this. I can still get my cooking fix in & not have to worry about dinner the next few nights!
There are a few foods that I crave intensely. Chinese is one of them. I have taken a little detour on the “traditional” chicken fried rice recipe. I’ve made it healthier & tweeked it a little based on the foods I know my family likes.
The number one thing I like to tell others before they start a new recipe is to get out all of your ingredients & portions BEFORE you even get your pots and/or pans out. Being prepared just creates a more calming atmosphere when cooking.
This is what you’ll need:
1 rotisserie chicken OR 2 large fully cooked chicken breasts, shredded
4 cups organic cauliflower rice
2 large organic carrots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 14.5 oz can organic green beans OR about 2 cups fresh green beans
2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
1 tsp organic onion powder
1/2 cup low sodium teriyaki sauce/marinade
*optional* 1 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper to taste [I used about 3/4 tsp of each]
Once you have all of your ingredients prepared, get out a large pan or wok. A wok is the best thing to use because it gets really hot really fast, & that’s what you want.
Put in half of your coconut oil & turn the heat on to about medium high. You want all that oil to melt and get really hot.
Then throw in your carrots. I like to let the carrots cook for about 3 minutes before adding the green beans because they aren’t as tender. If you are using fresh green beans go ahead & throw all the veggies in together. Once the carrots begin to soften, add the green beans & minced garlic. The garlic goes in last to prevent it from burning. I love garlic, but burnt garlic is yuck. And make sure you stir the veggies around at a pretty consistent rate as to avoid any of them sticking to the pan or burning.
The traditional fried rice recipe calls for sweet peas. You can add whatever veggies you prefer. My husband HATES peas, so I altered it a bit so he would actually eat it. Broccoli would be really yummy too. Totally your preference.
The veggies should be completely heated & softened. Then remove them from the wok or pan. Set them aside on a plate. Next you’ll want to melt down the rest of your coconut oil.
Add your cauliflower rice. I bought mine premade, but you can always make your own in a food processor.
Let the rice cook up for about 3-4 minutes or until the tenderness is to your liking, then add your chicken. I bought pre-shredded chicken [its okay to be a lazy cook sometimes]. Our local grocery story has containers with pre-shredded chicken that’s actually cheaper than buying a rotisserie chicken. Less work for me!
Make sure the chicken blends well with the rice. Get it heated up really well then add your spices & teriyaki sauce. This is when you can have the option of adding red pepper flakes to your dish. My kiddos were going to eat from this batch so I decided not to add it in, but I did add some to my own portion later on 🙂
This is the sauce I used…
I like my stuff really saucey so I add a little more to my personal bowl, so that’s always an option. This stuff is so yummy.
Okay so after all that rice & chicken start soaking up all that flavor, you’re finally ready to add those veggies back in & watch the magic happen.
Please restrain the urge to lick your screen right now…I cant even. These pictures have me drooling over here y’all 🤤.
And there you have it! An easy, healthy & delicious dish for the whole fam! Yes, my kiddos even ate it. If my goobers approve, it’s safe to say yours will too!
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God bless & happy eating!