Learning to cook … one kid at a time

Chicken Fried Rice with Cranberries April 27, 2011

Filed under: "Fast Food",Recipes — gastromami @ 2:10 pm

His Cuban roots are beginning to emerge

He’s always loved beans (thank goodness because he barely eats any meat!)

but lately, give the boy some rice and beans

and he’s in heaven.

Side Note:

Rice and toddlers don’t mix

Our vacuum is getting a workout!

The thing is,

leftover rice usually stays just that:


in the fridge

until I throw it out

I know, I know

Heat up in the microwave with a wet paper towel

Still, really, it doesn’t taste all that great

That is,

unless you fry it up!

I was flipping through my favorite magazine

Cooking Light

and saw this recipe


3 1/2 cups cooked and chilled long-grain brown rice

(leftover rice works best!  If cook “day of,” let cool in fridge for at least 4 hours)

1/2 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2″ pieces

3 cups thinly sliced leeks

1 1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 tablespoon chopped, fresh sage

1/4 cup dry white wine

** I crushed up some pistachios for a little extra crunch on top!

Season chicken with salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat

Add chicken to pan and cook until browned (about 3 minutes)

Remove from pan

Add leeks to pan, season lightly with salt and pepper

cook until golden (about 5 minutes)

Remove from pan and add to chicken

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to hot pan

Add rice and stir until well coated with olive oil

Cook 2 minutes without stirring (or until edges begin to brown)

Stir rice and cook again 2 minutes (until edges begin to brown)

Add chicken, leeks, cranberries and sage

Stir to combine

Add wine and cook 2 minutes until mixture is dry,  stirring constantly

Ren approved!!

Mama, however, is getting tired of vacuuming!

What I wouldn’t give to have our hardwood floors back … !


2 Responses to “Chicken Fried Rice with Cranberries”

  1. Looks like you need a dog too, to help with cleanup:) Great recipe.

  2. Alina Alfonso Says:

    And what did Fiona have to say????

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