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Easy Chinesey

31 Oct

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Have you ever tried this stuff?  If not, do so.  Before anyone loses their high-falutin shit about pre-packaged spices and such, let me make a statement about the foodie “I won’t sink to that level” moralistic sort of thing.  If you feel this way, lighten up, Francis.  These spice packets are good for someone who is learning how to cook.  Even though I know a few tricks now, I still love making this.  It’s easy, quick, and delicious….and it’s not that bad for you, either.

I serve this with grilled chicken.  Of course, I wanted to marinade the chicken for flavor.  I bought a bottle of oyster sauce some time ago and I wanted to use it.  So, I googled “chicken marinade, oyster sauce” and that sort of thing, and created a marinade to my liking.

1/4 cup oyster sauce

3 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

I mix this concoction together and put it in a quart bag with a couple o’ chicken breasts about an hour before cooking.  When the time is right, grill them and let them sit for a while after they’re done.

For the fried rice, I follow the recipe on the packet mostly.  I’m a teacher, so I’m home by 3 o’clock most days.  For the “cold cooked rice” part, I make the three cups of rice and put the pan directly in the freezer for an hour or so.  Then, I transfer it to the fridge until I need it at around 5:30.   Instead of the peas, I will add veggies of my choice.  My sister-in-law left a bunch of frozen stir fry veggies after she watched the house a few months ago, so I used those.  I have to admit, I am 95% anti frozen veggie; once you eat fresh regularly, it’s hard to stomach the frozen ones.  But, in this fried rice, it works just fine.

I pile on some fried rice, top with some sliced chicken, and we’re partying like the opening band for Cheap Trick, although I doubt Cheap Trick drank sangria like we did with this.

And that’s that.

Until later, eat drink, and peace out.

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