Food: One-Pot or Fried Rice

It is a popular dish in many countries around the world. Fried rice or One-Pot has many versions. Even as an individual I have several recipes for One-Pot or Fried rice, the taste I am looking for and the amount of time I have will guide my recipe. Time of course determines the recipe, because when you have the limited time you can simplify with less ingredients. If you already have cooked rice in the fridge it goes even faster, but this version takes about 45-60 minutes to prepare and cook.

  • Ingredients
  • Chicken Thigh = 3
  • Vinegar = 1 tsp
  • Black pepper = 1 tsp
  • Fennel seed = ½ tsp
  • Cumin = 1 tsp
  • Coriander = 1 tsp
  • Hot pepper of your choice (I prefer habanero peppers) = 1 or 2
  • Garlic = 3 gloves
  • Onions = 1
  • Chicken Bouillon = 1 tsp
  • Oil = 11/2 cup
  • Rice = 2 cups
  • Salt = 1 tsp
  • A pinch of parsley or any herbs = 1 tsp
  • Mixed vegetables
  • Curry = 2 to 3 tsp
  • Turmeric = 2 tsp
  • Tomato = 1 or half
  • Bell peppers = two to three different colors
  • Carrots (optional)

Preparation of the One-Pot / Fried Rice

  1. Clean the chicken thigh thoroughly, and remove the skin (optional)
  2. Dry with paper towel to remove the moisture (for better marinade purposes)
  3. Put the chicken thighs in a bowl and add the blended spices (Black pepper, Fennel seed, Cumin seed, Coriander, Garlic, Onion, and Green herbs together with the vinegar. Let it marinade for 30 minutes to 1 hour (Give time for the spices to soak into the chicken for better taste)
  4. Next cut the bell peppers into any shape you want while the chicken marinates.
  5. Heat up the oil and start frying the chicken on medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes or until it is golden
  6. Remove the chicken and the add the rest of the marinade into the pot with the curry and turmeric (remember to maintain the same the temperature letting it simmer)
  7. Put back the chicken and add 3 or 3 1/2 cups of water (factoring the oil)
  8. Bring it to a boil to make sure the chicken thighs are cooked (optional)
  9. Remove the Chicken thighs and add the green beans, before adding the washed rice ( 2 cups of Jasmine or Basmati rice)
  10. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the water dries out (remember to turn the rice once or twice)
  11. Add the bell pepper and cover the with the lid again
  12. Rinse the mixed-vegetable (optional) and add them
  13. Give 2 to 5 minutes then time to serve

Food For Thought

  • Life can be colorful if one decides to look on the bright side of things
  • Presentation matters, just like food one should always try to present the best version of themselves
  • All tastes are unique and delicious depending on an individual’s taste buds
  • Dare to stand out or be different, because it is the original, unique you that the world needs

I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.

4 comments on “Food: One-Pot or Fried Rice

  1. Natoumbi

    This is awesome, mouthwatering and healthy. The presentation is excellent!


  2. Uncle Sam

    Am very impressed. Being a chef myself, I can only say go Marie, go. The presentation is great. Keep it up.


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