I freakin’ LOVE Chinese food. To the point where my mouth just watered when I typed that and I’m not even hungry right now. That’s saying something! No joke I literally have dreams about Chinese food. In a perfect world I could eat friend rice, chow mein, and orange chicken EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Sadly, that just isn’t going to happen. Ever looked up the nutrition facts of Chinese food? And what exactly goes in to it? Can you say MSG galore? Anyways, because of my obsession I HAD to find a way to get my Chinese food fix that was way kinder on the waist line. This recipe took YEARS to come up with and change around but I have finally nailed it. Let me introduce you to my best friend a.k.a. my healthy chicken fried rice recipe (with bacon!).
Healthy Chicken Fried Rice Recipe
Serves: 3-4 people (if this is a side dish or you are having something else with the meal then it can easily serve 6-7. We use this recipe as a main course, though, so it fills 3-4 plates).
Time: Takes approximately 1 hour from start to finish
Skill Level: incredibly easy to make even for a beginner
What you will need:
8 strips of bacon
4 eggs (I LOVE egg in my friend rice so I sometimes add an extra egg or two)
16 oz of riced cauliflower (I get the fresh prepared bag from Trader Joe’s but lots of stores have it in the frozen section or you can rice it yourself)
2 chicken breasts – diced
salt and pepper to taste
Sriracha (or your favorite spicy addition)
half of a red or white onion
3 cloves of garlic (you can omit this and just use garlic powder if you wish)
a handful of broccoli florets
5-6 baby carrots or 1 whole carrot
splash of olive oil
Please note that you can omit ANY of the vegetables and/or add any you wish. This is a veggie friend rice with bacon and chicken in it essentially. So whatever veggies you and your family like will fit in perfectly.
Lets start cookin’
1. Start by cooking your bacon in a frying pan.
2. While the bacon is cooking get to work on finely chopping (or I use my grater) your veggies…the garlic, onions, carrots, broccoli, and zucchini are all chopped about as small as you can get them.
3. When the bacon is done cooking place on a plate and set aside. DO NOT DUMP THE BACON GREASE OUT. I am a HUGE believer in the paleo mind set so using the bacon grease as an additional flavor booster is KEY here.
4. Place your chopped veggies into the pan with the bacon grease and cook on low-medium. We want the veggies to cook slow and ALL THE WAY. No crunchy veggies in this dish.
5. In a separate pan, cook your diced chicken breasts with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook thoroughly.
6. When the veggies are done cooking add the entire bag of cauliflower to the pan (leaving the veggies in) and continue to cook on low. If the bacon fat has all been absorbed add olive oil to ensure you won’t burn it. COOK THE CAULIFLOWER UNTIL COMPLETELY SOFT OR IT WILL TASTE TOO MUCH LIKE CAULIFLOWER AND YOU WON’T TRICK ANYONE INTO THINKING IT IS RICE hahah.
7. When cauliflower mixture is done cooking add your scrambled eggs in and cook the eggs completely.
8. Next, dice up your bacon and it and the cooked chicken to your veggie/egg mixture.
Don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of wine!
9. Lastly, add salt, pepper, and soy sauce to taste (It is usually a fair amount of soy sauce but that is up to you). We, also, add some Sriracha.
Of course, now that I have mastered this healthy chicken fried rice recipe I had to try out some wine pairings. My first though was to go white and light. Perhaps a Sauv Blanc? I tried two different ones and the light, yet, savory flavors of this dish clashed too much with the bright fruits of the wine. So, naturally, I moved on to reds. My husband and I did a side by side with a Cabernet and a Sangiovese. We both thought that not only was the Sangiovese the better pairing with this dish it was a fantastic wine in general.
I received this Bella Luna Sangiovese Grosso from my favorite wine club. I can’t believe I actually waited more than half a day to open something that Vinfluence sent me! That’s restraint. Anyways, this Bella Luna comes from a small, boutique winery out of Paso Robles, CA that creates Italian wines from California grapes. It is truly amazing to see the Italian influence on these grapes that just scream California. The 2012 Sangiovese Grosso is dark in color, has plenty of ripe fruits, and drinks beautifully now. This wine could not be more food friendly and paired beautifully with this healthy chicken fried rice recipe! For $45, this critically acclaimed wine is a great bang for your buck.
I hope you all love my healthy chicken fried rice recipe as much as my family and I!