This stir fry is a delicious weeknight meal, and you can make it your own with what you have on hand!
4 cups cooked white rice
3 Tablespoons butter, divided
4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced ¼” thick pieces
1 ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder
1 cup frozen peas
½ cup parsley, chopped finely
In a non stick saucepan, add the rice and cook according to the package. If you are cooking your rice with water, add a tablespoon of butter, and a big pinch of salt to the rice once the water comes to a boil and continue cooking.
As the rice is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a non stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the carrots and onions and cook until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes. While sauteing, add a pinch of salt. Add garlic and cook one more minute. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the chicken, smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and arrowroot powder.
In the same frying pan over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chicken and cook until crispy and brown on the first side, about 4 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook until golden brown, about 3 more minutes. (If you need to do the chicken in two batches, add a teaspoon more olive oil to the pan.) Add frozen peas and cook until soft, about 1 minute. Set aside.
Once the rice is cooked, add the carrots and onions to the rice with 2 tablespoons butter.
Top with the parsley and stir to combine.
In a large bowl or platter, add the rice, chicken, and peas and serve.
Leftover rice is a gateway to many amazing meals. When prepping for this recipe feel free to double the amount of rice you are cooking to use as the base for a fabulous meal sometime later in the week. It can be fried up with leftover veggies and protein, topped with a fried egg, or used in a soup or stew. The possibilities are endless.
Keywords: stir fry, chicken stir fry