Meatless Chicken Fried Rice

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One of my FAVORITE (yes, it deserves all caps) restaurants to eat at is Sumo. They have pretty good sushi and great grill items, but my number one favorite menu item of all time is their garlic fried rice. There is a reason butter and oil were invented and I believe it was so Sumo could make this delicous concoction of carbs and fats.

As much as I love their rice, I have come to the conclusion that it’s not in my best interested to eat an entire bowl of it, especially when the bowl contains about four LARGE servings. Instead, I figured it was better for my gut (and my wallet) if I experimented a little bit and tried making it at home.

I personally think there are two key things that must occur to have really good fried rice. One, you must start with cold, cooked rice. Cold rice means dry rice, which means the rice can absorb all the butter and oil it can handle. Second, you need a screaming hot cooking surface. I use a large stainless steel skillet and make sure it’s heated through before I start cooking.

Now, the issue with fried rice is that an hour later, you’re bloated and hungry. That wouldn’t be so bad, but considering if you’ve eaten the entire bowl of rice from Sumo (like I have almost done), you’re so miserable that you can’t distinguish stomach pain from hunger pain. So my solution is adding a bit of protein so it sticks with you.

meat free protein

You can add whatever your heart desires…chicken, beef, shrimp, whatever you like. One thing I’ve tried, and really like, is this “meatless” chicken product I found at my local Target. While I’ll never be a vegetarian, I am aware of how much meat my family consumes and like to sneak meatless meals in whenever I can. So far, they’re buying it. 🙂

Meatless Chicken Fried Rice
Restaurant style fried rice you can make with or without your favorite protein
  • 2 cups white rice, cold
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup diced frozen carrots and peas, thawed
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • soy sauce
  • Gardein meatless Chick'n
  1. In a very hot skillet or on a hot grill, melt half of the butter and add half of the vegetable oil.
  2. Cook the eggs, breaking the yolks.
  3. Add veggies and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add rice and cook until a nice golden color.
  5. Add garlic and soy sauce, cooking for another 30-60 seconds.
  6. Prepare chick'n strips according to package details and enjoy!

Right now you can save $1 on your next Gardein purchase!

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