Not So Fried Rice

Not So Fried Rice a perfect alternative to take out.  You can control the sodium and no MSG that is found in most Chinese Food.  Whip it up in a snap!

I have really been running behind this whole month! I don’t know how I was able to stay more organized during the crazy holiday months than I have been able to in January?! I mean I am behind in blogging and laundry and house work and everything! I just got caught up at work this week and let me tell you it was a scramble! I have no¬†explanation¬†for my running behindness {yes I just made up that word} Thank Heavens I have a week of vacation coming up where I plan on doing nothing but baking and blogging! Yay for time off work! So while I have been running do far behind on things I have been making super easy super quick no fuss meals lately. ¬†We love take away Chinese in this house almost as much as pasta! It’s fast, delicious and I don’t have to do anything but send the boy out to pick it up! Perfect if you ask me. ¬†One draw back? It is getting pricey! Our go to place has raised their prices and minimum order. ¬†Not so much fun anymore….. So while we all had a hankering {I think that is an awful word and preppy girls should never use it} for fried rice, I did not feel like having to order more than what we wanted to eat. ¬†So I whipped up a homemade version of this for us. ¬†I liked it better actually because I did not have to spend all my time picking out the gross peas!

Not So Fried Rice a perfect alternative to take out.  You can control the sodium and no MSG that is found in most Chinese Food.  Whip it up in a snap!

As you can see this dish is not as “brown” as what you get in take away. ¬†The reason for that is you don’t have to load it down with sodium heavy Soy Sauce when you make it at home. ¬†Also this is Not So Fried Rice as it was not doused in oil and pan fried. ¬†{See Not So Fried} This lighter and healthier version is a snap to whip up and your family will love it! I made this as a main dish but you could pair down the amounts to make it a side dish. ¬†Fried rice is best made with day old or slightly dried out rice. ¬†I did not have any rice leftovers so I just boiled my rice in the morning and left it on the counter to cool all day and get that traditional slight crunch with it. This way no Frying is¬†involved. Then I used it to make my healthy version for you. ¬†Feel free to mix up the kind of veggies that you use. ¬†I had frozen¬†broccoli¬†on hand and it is a vegetable that I can eat mixed up in things. ¬†Unlike the yucky peas that are normally served with it. I hope that when you see and taste this you won’t think anything is yucky about it but that you love it!

Not So Fried Rice a perfect alternative to take out.  You can control the sodium and no MSG that is found in most Chinese Food.  Whip it up in a snap!

So next time you have a taste for Chinese don’t waste you money or add extra calories just whip up a batch of Not So Fried Rice!

Not So Fried Rice

Not So Fried Rice


  • 1 and 1/2 cups uncooked white or brown rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 of an onion diced
  • 1 package of frozen broccoli thawed
  • 10 grilled chicken nuggets diced {not the breaded kind] or ready to use grilled chicken strips diced
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten


  • In a large stock pot add the rice and water and bring to a boil
  • reduce heat and cover pot, simmer for 15 min or till water is absorbed
  • remove from heat and lift cover and let set out for a few hours to dry the rice out
  • {for a moister dish skip this step]
  • in a saute pan saute the onions in 2 tbs vegetable oil {olive oil will change the taste]
  • toss in the Broccoli and the chicken peices and cook through till heated
  • add the onions and the broccoli to the stock post of rice and turn stove top to Medium
  • stir in the hoisin sauce, soy sauce and spices
  • make a well in the rice by pushing it out the edges where there is a hole in the middle
  • turn heat up to Medium High
  • pour in the eggs and scramble in the well
  • once cooked stir the eggs through the rice
  • serve in bowls with chop sticks

9 Comments on Not So Fried Rice

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    andi winslow says:
    February 6, 2013

    looks so yummy and sounds delicious, and a simple recipe. Andi

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    January 29, 2013

    This sounds perfect to me! I especially love the idea of using chicken nuggets! Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – hope to see you there again this week with more of your deliciousness ūüôā
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    January 24, 2013

    This looks great, I love fried rice and use to make it all the time, but lost my recipe. Thank you for finding it ūüôā
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile