Quick Fried Brown Rice with Chicken and Broccoli

1 T. vegetable oil
1 cup brocolli florets
1 large carrot, chopped
3 green onions, white and green parts, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. fresh ginger, grated or minced
1 jalapeno chile, seeded and diced (optional)
1 egg, beaten
1 package Uncle Ben’s Ready Whole Grain Brown Rice (or about 2 cups precooked brown rice)
1 large chicken breast, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 T. reduced-sodium soy sauce or to taste
3 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Heat oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet. Add broccoli and carrot and saute for a minute or two. Add several tablespoons of water and cover the wok to steam the vegetables for another minute.

Uncover and add the green onions, garlic, ginger and chile. Stir-fry until fragrant. Make a well in the center of the wok and add the beaten egg, stirring until it is lightly scrambled. Add the rice and the chicken. Cook, folding everything together, until hot. Add soy sauce, sprinkle with cilantro and optional red pepper flakes, and serve.

There are multiple variations to this, including the addition of sesame oil and/or fish sauce for more pungent flavor. Again, start with the basics and build. Think of it as your culinary palette and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Serves: 2

4 Poodles for the rice alone