Friday, August 17, 2012

Japanese Chicken Fried Rice and Ginger Sauce- a Benihana knock-off

One of my family's very favorite places to eat is Beninhana- it is a Japanese restaurant that has the cook station at your table, and the chef comes out and turns your dinner into a show to watch. Our favorite thing to eat there is the Chicken Fried Rice. It is so yummy! I watched very carefully the last time that we went there and then came home and searched online for a recipe. So this version is a mash up of all the different recipes out there, and what I observed while at Benihanas. This came so very close to the real deal. It was inhaled by my family. We will be having this often!

Japanese Chicken Fried Rice and Ginger Sauce
3 cups uncooked Minute Rice, cooked and cooled
2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
2-3 carrots, finely diced
1/2 onion, finely diced
5-6 green onions, finely diced
2-3 eggs, beaten
1-2 tsp minced garlic
Soy sauce
Sesame Seeds
One lemon- you will need to squeeze about 2 wedges over the rice

In a large frying pan over medium heat, scramble your eggs, add salt and pepper to taste. Chop them into tiny pieces as you are cooking. Remove from the heat. Add 1 Tbsp butter and cook your veggies until the onion is soft.  Add several Tbsp of butter, garlic, eggs, chicken and rice. Cook and stir until everything is heated through and thoroughly combined. Add the soy sauce and squeeze the lemon over the rice. I can't give a quantity of the soy sauce- it really is to taste. Some people are more sensitive to the saltiness than others. Remove from heat and shake the sesame seeds over the top before serving. We like to eat this with the Ginger sauce drizzled on top- it just adds so much flavor!

Ginger Sauce
1/2 onion
2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/8 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
Place all in a food processor or blender and blend until you have a chunky sauce.

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