Thai Chicken Fried Rice

Thai Chicken Fried Rice NG

By Katie Mae Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity

Savory grains of rice are mixed with fresh summer vegetables, tender chicken, and spicy basil.

Thai chicken fried rice is the perfect dish to enjoy anytime, especially in the summer when gardens are bursting with zucchini, bell peppers, string beans, and basil, all of which make up this dish.

I am a huge rice fan. Part of that comes from living in Mexico for ten years where I ate it almost every day. The other part is simply because rice is pretty tasty. It helps that rice is an excellent way to stretch pricier items like meat. Even now that I have been State-side for over two years I crave rice if I go more than a few days without eating it.

Rice is the humble staple of many cultures. Whether it is Arabic rice, Chinese egg fried rice, Jamaican rice and peas, or a savory miso rice congee, rice is an integral part of life. It is the substance that keeps many people going.

Unless it is necessary for me to go grain-free I don’t see my kitchen ever going without rice.

Thai is one of my weakness when it comes to picking a restaurant to eat at. If I could, I would eat it out at least once a week but that is not exactly budget friendly.

Thankfully over time I have started to learn how to recreate some of my favorite dishes, like yellow curry or Kimi’s simple Thai broth. It was only a matter of time that I finally broke down to create a Thai chicken fried rice that satisfied my cravings.

This Thai chicken fried rice is a combination of three of my favorite restaurants in various parts of California.

I mentioning making velvet chicken in this recipe. It is a process of poaching the chicken to make it more tender. It is a beneficial step but not necessary. There are times when I skip it, so don’t pressure yourself to do it. If you have a little extra time then it is worth it in my book.

If you are confused about why we are okay with white rice read more about it here.

Thai Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups steamed white rice (Jasmine preferred), made at least a few hours before and chilled
  • 1 pound chicken breast, thinly sliced and velveted (optional)
  • 1 cup Thai basil*
  • 1 cup zucchini, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup string beans or long beans, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons coconut/palm sugar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce/tamari for gluten free
  • 1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt

* If Thai basil can not be found, feel free to substitute with sweet basil. To cut the basil roll a few leaves into a cigar shape and thinly slice.

Directions:

1. Cook the rice a few hours to a day or two in advance. Allow to cool.

2. Thinly slice the chicken breast. Use the velveting method to par-cook the chicken or set the raw chicken aside to cook in the skillet.

3. Quarter the zucchini, cutting it 1/4 of an inch thick. Remove the end from the string or long beans, cutting them into 1/4 inch pieces. Cut the bell pepper in half, removing the seeds. Thinly slice the bell pepper. Roll a few basil leaves at a time like a cigar. Thinly slice the rolls of basil. Crush the garlic.

4. Mix the soy sauce, palm sugar, and salt in a small dish.

5. In a wok or cast iron skillet heat the oil for two minutes.  Add the green beans and bell pepper. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes, allowing them to blister, stirring frequently.

6. Add the chicken and crushed garlic. Stir until the chicken is almost cooked.

7. Add the rice, zucchini, the soy sauce mixture. Stir for 3-5 minutes until thoroughly mixed and heated through. Add the basil and stir again.

Top with extra basil if desired.

Thai Chicken Fried Rice
 
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups steam white rice (Jasmin preferred)
  • 1 lb chicken breast, thinly sliced and velveted (optional)
  • 1 cup Thai basil*
  • 1 cup zucchini, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup string beans or long beans, chopped into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 TBS coconut oil
  • 2 tsp coconut/palm sugar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce/tamari for gluten free
  • ½ tsp unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. * If Thai basil can not be found, feel free to substitute with sweet basil. To cut the basil roll a few leaves into a cigar shape and thinly slice.
  2. Cook the rice a few hours to a day or two in advance. Allow to cool.
  3. Thinly slice the chicken breast. Use the velveting method to par-cook the chicken or set the raw chicken aside to cook in the skillet.
  4. Quarter the zucchini, cutting it a ¼ of an inch thick. Remove the end from the string or long beans, cutting them into ¼ inch pieces. Cut the bell pepper in half, removing the seeds. Thinly slice the bell pepper. Roll a few basil leaves at a time like a cigar. Thinly slice the rolls of basil. Crush the garlic.
  5. Mix the soy sauce, palm sugar, and salt in a small dish.
  6. In a wok or cast iron skillet heat the oil for two minutes. Add the green beans and bell pepper. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes, allowing them to blister, stirring frequently.
  7. Add the chicken and crushed garlic. Stir until the chicken is almost cooked.
  8. Add the rice, zucchini, the soy sauce mixture. Stir for 3-5 minutes until thoroughly mixed and heated through. Add the basil and stir again.
  9. Top with extra basil if desired.

 

Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth

This golden broth is flavored and colored by bright turmeric, ginger, with garlic undertones and richness from coconut milk. It's a savory version of "Golden Milk" and so delicious! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

This savory broth is a lovely mix of creamy coconut milk, nourishing chicken broth, and is spiced with turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and garlic for a flavorful, anti-inflammatory sipping broth.

This is my savory version of “golden milk” – a traditional drink that is sweet and spicy. This version uses salt instead of honey, and chicken broth instead of water for a great way to mix things up. Plus, you get the benefit of homemade chicken broth! (Though, the recipe also works with store-bought as well).

I’ve been trying to add more turmeric to our diets lately, and this is a delicious way to do so. My kids love it! They like it especially if I add a handful of rice to give them something to bite into.

As homemade broths and stocks continue to gain popularity, flavored sipping broths are getting a foothold. Those who have followed a “nourishing” diet have long extolled the pleasures of sipping salted homemade broth in the morning chill. That idea is taking off now even commercially. I still enjoy an occasional cup or rich broth by itself, but I love flavoring mine. One example is this recipe. Another one of my favorites is my Simple Thai Broth from my cookbook, Ladled: Nourishing Soups for all Seasons. (Amazon links are affiliate).

AIP Note: This recipe is safe for you if you leave out the black pepper and use a gum free coconut milk/cream. If/when you can handle black pepper, add it, as it helps you get the benefit from the turmeric.

Recipe Notes: I use organic spices, and this brand of gum free Coconut Cream .

This golden broth is flavored and colored by bright turmeric, ginger, with garlic undertones and richness from coconut milk. It's a savory version of "Golden Milk" and so delicious! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of whole fat coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric*
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger*
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled*
  • Generous sprinkle of ground pepper, (freshly ground, preferred)
  • Unrefined salt

Directions:

1In a medium both combine all of the ingredients and bring to a low simmer. Simmer, on low, or medium-low heat for about ten minutes. Remove garlic with a spoon, salt to taste, and enjoy! Serve 2-4.

Notes:

*I’ve also made this with fresh ginger and turmeric. Take 2-3 inches of turmeric and fresh ginger, and slice it on a diagonal. Add to broth instead of the ground versions. Remove the roots along with the garlic before serving.

*You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to give it a bit of a punch.

Golden Turmeric Sipping Broth
 
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of whole fat coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric*
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger*
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, smashed and peeled*
  • Generous sprinkle of ground pepper, (freshly ground, preferred)
  • Unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium both combine all of the ingredients and bring to a low simmer. Simmer, on low, or medium-low heat for about ten minutes. Remove garlic with a spoon, salt to taste, and enjoy! Serve 2-4.
Notes
*I’ve also made this with fresh ginger and turmeric. Take 2-3 inches of turmeric and fresh ginger, and slice it on a diagonal. Add to broth instead of the ground versions. Remove the roots along with the garlic before serving.

*You can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to give it a bit of a punch.(Not AIP)

 

 

41 Refreshing and Sweet Recipes for a Healthy Summer

These easy and healthy refreshing snacks and desserts will keep you (and your kids) going all summer long! Made with real food, and dairy free, gluten free and paleo friendly, too. -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Glorious summer days are upon us! And with those hot days, our meals are transforming into lighter meals. I’m reaching a lot more often for my blender to make smoothies for us all, and ice cream sounds just about right on a hot afternoon.

With me pulling out various recipes from my recipe index, I thought I’d compile some of my favorite summery and sweet recipes here so that you all can find them easily too!

There is surprisingly little need to stock up on sugar-y ice cream, dye-filled popsicles, and other typical store bought treats with these easy homemade treats on hand! But you will notice, that just for fun, I’ve linked to some fun add on products that you can buy for special treats (like gluten-free ice cream cones!). I’ve used affiliate links when possible.

frozen grapes 1

1- Frozen Grapes: Before I get to the recipe links, I have one very simple “recipe” to suggest for summer. Frozen grapes. These are so delicious and freezing them changes them in surprising ways. Try it on the next hot day. You won’t be sorry.

Refreshing Smoothies

2. Creamy Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie: The vanilla and kombucha in combination with coconut milk really make this recipe splendid. Plus, it’s lower carb and banana-free, for those who don’t want a high in carb recipe.

3. Healthy Shamrock Shake: Very fun, very green, and sweet with dots of dark chocolate and plenty of mint flavor. Yum!

4. Orange Mango Smoothie: Still one of my favorite combos – orange and mango.

chocolate-hazelnut-smoothie

5. Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie: Protein-rich, creamy, and makes me think of Nutella. Need I say more?

Fun and Healthy Popsicles

Keep in mind that any favorite smoothie recipe can also be used to make popsicles! I have been using these silicone popsicle molds recently and they are a lot of fun, as well as these star popsicle molds . But I’m thinking of getting these mini popsicles for my toddler to enjoy!

These 5 healthy and delicious recipes for ice pops and popsicles are so simple and easy to make! They are all dairy-free, paleo and vegan-friendly, and kids love them. ---- The Nourishing Gourmet

6-10. Five Healthy Popsicle Recipes (shown above): Get Chocolate Peanut Butter, Mango Green Monster, Strawberry Cream, Carrot Apple and Pina Colada recipes here! All of them sweetened naturally, and dairy-free.

11. Creamy Tropical Popsicle: Banana, mango, and coconut make a delicious popsicle.

12. Strawberry Creamsicle: Super creamy and naturally sweet, we love this beautiful popsicle!

Gelatin Treats

I loved it when my mom made me Jello back in the 80s when I was little. Now I make gelatin based desserts for my kids without the higher sugar amounts and the artificial dyes. One good brand of gelatin to try is this one.

Tart Cherry Fruit Snacks - Great for the kids, lunch boxes, and summer camp. ---- The Nourishing Gourmet

13. Tart Cherry Fruit Snacks: Take five minutes and 3 ingredients, and make this fun and much healthier treat for your kids (or yourself!). Tart cherry juice is also supposed to help you sleep well at night, so there are added benefits, too.

14. Fruit Juice Gelatin: “Jello” without the dyes and sugar!

15. Tangy Orange Lemonade Gelatin: So refreshing and flavorful too.

16. Fluffy Homemade Marshmallows: With some gelatin and honey you can make super fun homemade marshmallows. How fun is that?

17. Kombucha Jello: Light on the tummy, and very flavorful and bright.

Dairy Free Ice Cream

We just got our ice cream maker out of storage and I’m thrilled to have it back! Ice cream is delicious all on it’s own, but very occasionally I buy my kids these gluten-free ice cream cones and dye-free sprinkles for a special ice cream treat. Yum! I buy them locally, but the brand I buy has a set that they sell on Amazon which looks very fun, it has gluten-free cones, sprinkles, and edible ice cream bowls!

Chocolate-Banana-Ice-Cream

18. Simple Banana Ice Cream: No ice cream maker needed, just frozen bananas and a couple of other ingredients!

19. 3 Ingredient Pineapple Whip: Same idea as the chocolate banana ice cream, but this one uses frozen pineapple for one of my favorite Disneyland lookalike recipes.

20-31. 12 Amazing Coconut Milk Ice Cream Recipes: Everything from vanilla, to Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, to Mint Chocolate Chip, these dairy-free ice cream recipes are the bomb!

Whipped Cream

You’ll, everything improves with a dollop of whipped cream on top. Dip whole strawberries in them, top your ice cream with it, or top iced homemade coffee shop style drinks with them. For those who tolerate cream, here are a couple of recipes (and for those who don’t check out the following coconut cream ones!)

32. Strawberry Whipped Cream: Strawberries and cream belong together.

chocolatewhippedcream

33. Chocolate Whipped Cream: My husband grew up having this with angel food cake for his birthday. I also love it with fresh strawberries.

34. Maple Whipped Cream: Classic flavor with sweet notes of maple.

Coconut Milk Whipped Creamy (Dairy-Free, with ISI Dispenser)

35. Maple Coconut Whipped Cream: Sweet with notes of maple, this dairy-free whipped “cream” is a treat!

Chocolate Coconut Milk Whipped Cream is a rich and delicious treat! (Dairy-free and Paleo-friendly!)

36. Chocolate Coconut Whipped Cream: Same as above but enriched with cocoa powder. Because cocoa makes everything better.

37. Stevia Coconut Whipped Cream

Fauxccinos

These blended coffee styled drinks are yummy, refreshing, dairy-free friendly, and save you a trip to the local coffee shop too.

Vanilla Bean Fauxccino-www.thenourishinggourmet.com

38. Vanilla Bean Crème FauxccinoUltra creamy and sweet.

39. Salted Caramel Mocha Fauxcchino: Need I say more?

40. Chai Fauxccino: When you don’t want yours hot, drink it ice-y cold!

Freezer pie

chocolatebananapie

41. Banana Coconut Freezer Pie: This fancy looking dessert is very easy to make and is sweetened only with bananas! It uses coconut milk for a creamy dessert that is dairy-free, and has a grain-free nut crust. Yum!

Enjoy!

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Stove Top Goat Cheddar Mac and Cheese (Gluten Free)

Gluten-Free Goat Cheddar Mac and Cheese - Kid friendly, and NO cow dairy! -Creamy and delicious. - The Nourishing Gourmet

Gluten-free noodles topped with an ultra creamy and mild cheese sauce that is free of any cow dairy, but rich and creamy with goat cheddar and chicken broth. Yum! This dish is gluten-free and cow dairy-free, but still has that lovely creamy flavor and perfect noodles that I loved as a child.

I’m glad that my children eat a variety of nourishing foods, including ones that I wouldn’t have ever eaten as a child ¬– foods like caviar and seaweed and dark greens. But sometimes it’s also fun to share nourishing versions of my favorite childhood dishes. And my favorite by far was mac and cheese. Growing up my mom would make big dishes of oven-baked mac and cheese. Yum!

The problem is that some of us don’t do well with cow dairy, and half the family is gluten-free. I had been tossing around the idea of making a goat cheddar mac and cheese recipe, but I was a little worried about how it would turn out. I finally took the plunge, and it came out wonderful!

Did you know that macaroni and cheese was a popular penny-pinching dish for a long time? I’ve read several references to it as such in old cookbooks – one of which was one that helped the poorest city folks know how to cook frugally for their families.

But I was very amused by the references to mac and cheese in the book, Below Stairsby Margaret Powell (Amazon links are affiliate).  Have you heard of it before? Margaret was born in 1907, and worked as a kitchen maid and later as a cook, and this book is her autobiography. Her book is supposed to have inspired both Upstairs, Downstairs, as well as Downton Abbey. I read it recently and enjoyed it. It must have been eye opening at the time for the upper class to see themselves through the perspective of one of the maids. Plus, Margaret has a witty and insightful writing style that makes this book so much fun!

For example, when talking about trying to find a husband, “Men are very susceptible to flattery. Even a man with a face like the back of a bus, if you tell him he doesn’t look too bad, believes you. You can stuff men up with any old yarn. They believe anything. You’ve only got to gaze into their eyes, and sound as though you mean what you say. I’ve tried it so I know it’s true.”

Or on cooking, “It’s a funny thing, but the less cooking you know how to do, the more competent you feel. It’s only when you know how to cook that it worries you when it goes wrong, because when you don’t know, you don’t know it’s gone wrong. The more experienced I got the more I worried. I soon realized when a dish wasn’t perfection. Not that I could have hoped to have a dish that was perfection at Lady Gibbons’ because even the best cook in the world can’t make a dish out of poor ingredients.”

The book is full of rich little nuggets like above that make this book a riot to read (but also full of human insight). And while reading the book, I noticed that my favorite dish was treated rather poorly. In pre-war times in the wealthy households that she worked in, mac and cheese was not held in high regard at all. Margaret describes how some of the households went through vast amounts of cream and meat and all sorts of good ingredients to make elaborate 12-course meals for their every dinner upstairs, while downstairs, the servants were fed far less scrumptious meals.

She says, “What we had at night were the left- overs of the day before or a macaroni cheese or welsh rarebit. It wasn’t Mrs. McIlroy’s fault [the cook], she wasn’t allowed to give us more. Some of the maids used to moan like mad and say they never got enough to eat. I didn’t moan, but I used to feel it wasn’t fair.“

What! My beloved mac and cheese snubbed by even the servants? But on second thought, considering we do all of our housework ourselves, I guess we are the servants of our household, and so it is fitting that we eat creamy and delicious poor man mac and cheese. 😉

If you, like me, accept humble fare instead of 12-course meals, I hope you’ll enjoy this lovely little dish. (And if you love books, check out Below Stairs ).

Goat Cheddar Cheese Sauce - Pour over noodles for mac and cheese OR over steamed vegetables. Yum! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

This creamy cheddar sauce is perfect not only noodles but also over steamed vegetables for a low-carb option (or just a very yummy vegetable side!). Try it with cauliflower!

Notes on the recipe:

  • I used the this gluten free pasta (they hold together well and taste great), but you can use whatever brand/kind you like. You can get them here on Amazon.
  • I didn’t use goat milk in this recipe to replace cow milk. Why? Goat milk tends to get more “goaty” in flavor when heated. I was nervous about using chicken broth as I was concerned it would be too thin, but it turned out great. I used store bought, and not homemade, but homemade would be even better.
  • You can make this into baked mac and cheese by putting the finished mac and cheese in a pan, and sprinkling with cheese and putting in a 350F oven for 20-25 minutes.
  • Make sure you use a mild cheese (not “goaty” cheddar) for this recipe.

Gluten-Free Goat Cheddar Mac and Cheese - Kid friendly, and NO cow dairy! -Creamy and delicious. - The Nourishing Gourmet

Other Recipes Based on Books:

Stove Top Goat Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Serves 4

Ingredients: 

  • 8 ounces of gluten free elbow noodles
  • 2 tablespoons butter of choice (Goat, sheep, or cow, if you can tolerate it) OR oil or fat of choice (you can try bacon grease too!)
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour (Or try arrowroot or organic corn starch)
  • 1 cup of chicken broth, homemade or store bought (made with real food ingredients)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ pound of mild goat cheddar, grated
  • Unrefined salt
  • Pepper
  • Optional flavor addition: dried or fresh thyme, paprika, cayenne, fresh chives, diced cooked bacon

Directions:

1. Cook the noodles according to the packages instructions until JUST cooked (don’t overcook). Make sure you boil in salted water. Drain and rinse.

2. For the cheese sauce: In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, and whisk in the tapioca flour. Whisk for one to two minutes (don’t allow it to burn) and then slowly whisk in the broth. It should thicken almost immediately. Once it has thickened, add the goat cheddar, and stir until the goat cheddar has melted (about five minutes or so). Salt and pepper to taste. Add any flavor additions. The sauce should be on the verge of being too salty, as it will be diluted on the noodles.

3. Pour the noodles into the sauce, and gently fold into the cheese sauce. Serve right away and enjoy!

(To bake: Pour into a casserole dish, sprinkle with more cheddar cheese. Bake in a 350F oven for 20-25 minutes.)

Stove Top Goat Cheddar Mac and Cheese (Gluten Free)
 
 
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces of gluten free elbow noodles
  • 2 tablespoons butter of choice (Goat, sheep, or cow, if you can tolerate it) OR oil or fat of choice (you can try bacon grease too!)
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour (Or try arrowroot or organic corn starch)
  • 1 cup of chicken broth, homemade or store bought (made with real food ingredients)
  • 1 heaping teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ pound of mild goat cheddar, grated
  • Unrefined salt
  • Pepper
  • Optional flavor addition: dried or fresh thyme, paprika, cayenne, fresh chives, diced cooked bacon
Instructions
  1. Cook the noodles according to the packages instructions until JUST cooked (don’t overcook). Make sure you boil in salted water. Drain and rinse.
  2. For the cheese sauce: In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat, and whisk in the tapioca flour. Whisk for one to two minutes (don’t allow it to burn) and then slowly whisk in the broth. It should thicken almost immediately. Once it has thickened, add the goat cheddar, and stir until the goat cheddar has melted (about five minutes or so). Salt and pepper to taste. Add any flavor additions. The sauce should be on the verge of being too salty, as it will be diluted on the noodles.
  3. Pour the noodles into the sauce, and gently fold into the cheese sauce. Serve right away and enjoy!
  4. (To bake: Pour into a casserole dish, sprinkle with more cheddar cheese. Bake in a 350F oven for 20-25 minutes.)