sweet and sour chicken fried rice

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A fun twist on a favorite takeout dish, this sweet and sour chicken fried rice is a modern take on classic comfort food.

sweet and sour chicken fried rice

Thank you Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken for sponsoring this post.

Now that school is back in session, our weeknights tend to get a bit crazy. Stella is in 8th grade, and the homework is absolutely insane. Even from the very first day of school, she has been loaded down each and every night, including weekends. Charlie’s workload seems pretty much the same from last year, 3 hours of football followed by a few hours of homework/reading each night.

We’re all tired and maybe even a bit grumpy after our long days, but it’s nothing a good comforting dinner can’t fix.

Comfort food is just that, it comforts you after a long, hard day. Helps to soothe the soul as it nourishes the body. Do you have any comfort food favorites from childhood?

My kids are all about the homemade mac and cheese, but me. I LOVE chicken and rice or chicken and dumplings when I need comforting.

Traditional comfort food is most definitely comforting, but it isn’t exactly for the health conscious. Foster Farms is reinventing comfort food. Making it easy, fresh, and definitely healthier. Starting with their Simply Raised Chicken which is locally grown in California with no antibiotics ever and 100 percent vegetarian fed.

This sweet and sour chicken fried rice includes of my favorite take-out favorites, in one healthy and comforting main dish for the entire family.

sweet and sour chicken fried rice

The Foster Farms Simply Raised chicken tenders are cut in bite sized pieces, and stir fried in just a small bit of oil. The chicken gets crispy without the breading, making it far more healthy than traditional sweet and sour chicken.

Leftover brown rice is then stir fried with fresh red bell peppers, green onion, carrots, and finished with pineapple chunks before adding the chicken and sweet and sour sauce. It is simply delicious, comforting without being heavy, and ready in under 20 minutes. Dinner doesn’t get much better than that now does it?

sweet and sour chicken fried rice

Sweet and Sour Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken Breast (or breast tenders) cut into very small bite sized pieces
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 green onions, diced – (dark green ends only)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 3 cups of cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple chunks
  • For the sweet and sour sauce –
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce

Directions:

  • To make the sauce combine everything in a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until thick – about 5 minutes – set aside
  • In a large skillet or wok, heat oil over medium high heat
  • Add chicken and allow to cook for 2 minutes, do not stir at all to allow the chicken to brown well, after 2 minutes, flip and continue to cook 2-3 minute until all pieces are brown and cooked to at least 165 degrees
  • Remove chicken from skillet, add 1 Tbsp. oil to pan and add egg with 1of the diced green onions, stir the egg to scramble, and remove from skillet when cooked through (about 1 minute)
  • Add red bell pepper and carrot to skillet, cook stirring until they are tender but still crisp, about 3 minutes
  • Remove vegetables from skillet
  • Add the remaining oil to skillet, add rice and stir to warm through, add egg, vegetables, and chicken, stir in pineapple and sweet and sour sauce
  • Cook 2-3 minutes to warm everything, top each serving with diced green onion and sesame seeds (optional)

sweet and sour chicken fried rice

 

Sweet and sour chicken fried rice is a fun twist on two classics, and is my idea of modern comfort food that is as fast and easy as it is delicious and comforting.

Enjoy!

Thank you again to Foster Farms Simply Raised Chicken for sponsoring this post.

sweet and sour chicken fried rice