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General Tso's Chicken and Fried Rice

Americans consume a vast amount of takeout food resulting in billions of dollars for other people. Why not save that hard-earned money and make it at home. Fried rice is about as easy as cooking an egg. Rice can be a sticky situation for some to make but there are options with minute rice and boil-in-bag if you are one of those people that hate to fuss with making rice.

So, by mixing a few ingredients that we have in our fridge or pantry already, we can make takeout food at home and skip the tip.

You’ll need the following items:

Fried Rice
Rice (Choose whatever you like)
Two eggs
1 cup of mixed vegetables (thawed)
Green onions sliced on the bias
Bean sprouts are optional
2 or 3 Cloves of Garlic (minced)
1/4 tsp of fresh ginger minced (or powdered ginger)
Soy sauce (low sodium)
Teriyaki Sauce
Red Pepper flakes or chili flakes

Chicken
Chicken breast cut into cubes (or boneless thighs if dark meat is preferred)
Cornstarch (mixed with a little flour)
Salt and pepper
2 or 3 Garlic cloves (minced)
1/4 tsp of fresh ginger minced (or powdered ginger)
Hoisin sauce
Red pepper flakes or chili flakes
Rice wine vinegar
Parsley for garnish

Use a wok or deep bottom skillet, heat on high with vegetable oil or peanut oil.

To make fried rice, scramble the eggs and drop in hot oil stirring for a few seconds. Take out and put aside. Add rice next and let it start to fry, stirring to keep it from sticking. If the pan is hot enough, the rice should not stick. Add in the rest of ingredients one at a time ending with the eggs last. Do not add salt because of soy sauce. I recommend tasting before adding any extra salt.

For chicken. In a bowl toss the cornstarch, rice vinegar, flour, and chicken together until fully incorporated. Then add the rest of ingredients. Drop chicken into hot oil. Don’t crowd the pan or it will not fry correctly. In another saucepan, I heated the Hoisin, garlic, ginger bringing to a light simmer. Once the chicken is fully cooked, toss together and serve with fried rice.

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