My version of Chicken Fried Rice contains eggs and lots of veggies and is a very firm favourite in our house, especially with the wee ones. It’s definitely Jacques’ absolute toptastic favourite dinner, he rarely misses out on a third helping! In fact the first time I made it for him when he was just under a year old I wasn’t sure he was ever going to stop eating. Feel free to omit the chicken and turn this into a tasty veggie dinner, just up the eggs and veggies.
The classic recipe for CFR only includes rice, chicken, egg, onions and peas, but like most things I substantially veg mine up adding pretty much anything that I happen to have in. Today I used half a red pepper, a carrot, a handful of green beans from the freezer and a quarter of a head of broccoli. Peas, courgette, leek, squash, pumpkin, sweet potato, sweetcorn, beansproats, mushrooms, spinach, chard and cabbage all work really well too. Cut your veggies to a size appropriate to the smallest eater. I tend to dice mine fairly small as my children are still pretty little, and a small dice also has the added benefit of a perfect disguise for fussy eaters (as my daughter most definitely can be at times!). If you’re cooking for adults or older children cut everything to a much larger grown up size and cook for a few minutes longer.
Classic recipes also only include the flavour addition of soy sauce, but I like to add a little less soy and a large piece of grated ginger and a teaspoon of Chinese five spice (one of my favourite flavours ever). It’s always good to get your kids used to eating different flavours from a young age, I’m sure it helps to make them less fussy later on.
January 2013: This post is part of the #FaveFamilyRecipes Competition with BritMums and Tilda Rice. Every pack sold will provide a meal to an expectant mum in need in support of the World Food Programme’s Mothers Helping Mothers initiative in Bangladesh. Please check out all the other wonderful entries on the BritMums blog. Although I wrote this post over ten months ago it’s still my two little monsters’ absolute favourite dinner guaranteed to be gobbled up!
Chicken, Veggie & Egg Fried Rice
Enough for a hungry family of 4:
220g white rice, preferably jasmine
2 tablespoons of groundnut or sunflower oil
a thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, grated
a small onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
a carrot, diced
1/4 broccoli, cut into small florets (and any larger stem sections diced)
a handful of green beans, sliced
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
a little water
2 free range chicken breasts, cut to a small dice
a teaspoon of Chinese five spice
a teaspoon of sunflower oil
salt & pepper
Start with cooking your rice, cook to packet instructions. Once cooked drain and set aside.
Meanwhile heat the oil in a wok or a large deep sided frying pan. Add the onion, garlic and carrot (and any other root or slow to cook veggies that you may be using). Cook for 5 minutes on a very high heat, stirring and turning continuously.
Now add the broccoli, beans, pepper and other veggies that you’ve chosen to use. Also stir in the soy sauce and a couple of tablespoons of water. Continue to cook on a high heat for a further five minutes. Keep adding a splash of water when the the liquid evaporates.
Finally add the diced chicken and a teaspoon of Chinese five spice. Stir and cook for a final 5 minutes.
While the chicken’s cooking make your omelette. Heat a teaspoon of sunflower oil in another frying pan. Whisk up the eggs and season with a little salt and pepper. When the pan is hot pour in the eggs, stir a little then leave to firm up on a medium heat. Once the egg is fully cooked through remove the omelette from the pan and cut into small bite sized strips.
Thoroughly mix the chicken and veggies, rice and eggy strips together and serve immediately. Grown up folk might like to add a little extra soy sauce. I’ve served mine today in my gorgeous Oogaa bowls. Oogaa design and sell fabulous and safe feeding products for babies and young children in fun designs and colours. For more information check out the Oogaa website, www.oogaa.com.
How about trying some of my other child friendly recipes? Kid’s Bolognese, Sausage & Courgette Pasta Carbonara, Salmon Fishcakes, Potato, Cauliflower & Pumpkin Curry or Pumpkin Mac ‘n Cheese?
March 20th, 2012 at 4:44 pm
Love meals that can be adapted to what is in the fridge, even better when the children enjoy them as much as yours seem to.
March 21st, 2012 at 10:54 am
[…] – there is nothing better than seeing a child really tucking into their food! The recipe for Lou’s Chicken Fried Rice looks pretty good too – I think I may cook this for my children […]
March 22nd, 2012 at 4:08 pm
Thanks so much, I agree it’s great to see kids eating so well, and we’re very lucky that Baba Jacques (who’s actually nearly two) is such a big eater!
March 26th, 2012 at 5:33 pm
My grand children just love fried rice way more than potatoes or even french fries. Love coming across new takes on a classic recipe, thanks so much for sharing.
Adorable pictures, what a cutie!
March 28th, 2012 at 12:42 am
My daughter hasn’t liked rice so far but I think this recipe will have to win her over! Sounds delicious to me 🙂 She likes strong, spicy flavours (she had falafels tonight) so the chinese 5 spice flavour will go down a treat. Thank you for the great recipe.
March 28th, 2012 at 12:47 pm
Give it a go Leanne, my daughter’s not big on rice either and she loves it! Might try mine on falafels too, I love them!
April 13th, 2012 at 9:46 am
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January 22nd, 2013 at 11:47 am
Lots of healthy ingredients in this one. Commenting for BritMums.