Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spicy Chicken Fried Rice with Peanuts

Another spicy rice and chicken dish? Didn't I just post a Kung Pao recipe? I did. BUT I made it with some nasty rancid peanuts, so it didn't exactly satisfy my "spicy chicken and rice" craving. And me being me, I couldn't just be happy with re-making the dish with good peanuts, no I had to go off and find a different recipe. Good thing I had already earmarked this one in a recent Cooking Light magazine.

Spicy Chicken Fried Rice with Peanuts
Adapted from: Cooking Light

1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1 (15 ounce) can cut baby corn
1 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced, divided
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups cooked brown rice, chilled
2 (4 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1/3 cup unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts, chopped

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and red pepper. Set aside.

In a wok (or a large non-stick skillet), heat the canola oil over medium-high heat. Add baby corn, onions, and 1/2 of the green onions. Cook for 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add ginger and garlic, cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add in rice, chicken, and water chestnuts, cooking for 5 minutes or until heated thoroughly, gently stirring. Stir in soy sauce mixture. Cook for 2 minutes; tossing gently. Remove from heat and sprinkle with remaining green onions and peanuts.

Serves: 4

Surprisingly though, there was a pretty big difference between the Kung Pao Chicken and this dish. The Kung Pao had more of a sauce, but the spice was definitely more upfront and present in this dish. Either way you go, I don't think either will disappoint.

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 614Calories from fat 190
% Daily Value
Total Fat 21.0g32%
Saturated Fat 2.9g15%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 977mg41%
Total Carbs 82.9g28%
Dietary Fiber 6.9g29%
Sugars 7.8g
Protein 29.9g
Vitamin A 9%Vitamin C 44%
Calcium 6%Iron 20%


  1. Wow! This sounds great. Whenever I go to one of those Ugrill places, you know those places where they let you pick out all of your ingredients and then fry them for you. I always put on a ton of peanuts. So delicious!

  2. What a great idea for dinner, something new to break out of the traditional rotations!

  3. Thanks for the recipe!!! Love it

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  4. Great recipe, I love the ingredients. I wanted myself to prepare chicken fried rice this week but didnt have enough chicken..

  5. Fried rice has become a dinner staple in our house and I just love finding different versions just to change it up a bit. Thanks for your recipe, looks very good.

  6. This sounds like a fabulous recipe for leftover brown rice which never seems to get eaten. Love the baby corn in this :o)

  7. Yum...I've been craving chicken fried rice lately. What a wonderful version. It goes along with my love of all things peanutty. ;)

  8. I found this recipe through foodstopper -- and glas I did because it sounds delicious! And I think the picture looks great too!

  9. Not sure why I just said food stopper -- I meant taste stopping... haha



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