Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

While searching for something quick and easy to whip up for dinner a while back, I stumbled upon this recipe for chicken fried rice and decided to give it a try.

I actually didn't have any chicken handy, but the fried rice with egg was super yummy all by itself. If you like Chinese food, you'll be sure to love this recipe.

Chinese Chicken Fried Rice
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cups cooked white rice, cold
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup cooked, chopped chicken (which I, obviously didn't use)
Directions: In a small bowl, beat egg with water. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium low heat. Add egg and leave flat for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from skillet and cut into shreds. Heat oil in same skillet, add onion and saute until soft. Then add rice, soy sauce, pepper and chicken. Stir fry together for about 5 minutes. Then, stir in egg and serve hot.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Boneless Buffalo Wings

I made some boneless chicken wings a few weeks ago and have been meaning to post the recipe for a while now. So, here it is!

Boneless Buffalo Wings
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 egg
1 cup milk
3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 cup hot sauce
1 tablespoon butter
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and paprika in a large bowl. Whisk together the egg and milk in a small bowl. Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture, and then roll in the flour blend. Repeat so that each piece of chicken is double coated. Refrigerate breaded chicken for 20 minutes. Place the chicken on a sheet pan and generously coat with cooking spray. Cook in pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes. Combine hot sauce and butter in a bowl. Microwave sauce on high until melted, 20 to 30 seconds. Toss chicken in sauce to coat.

This is how I did it. If you click on the link, you'll notice that I made some slight changes to the original recipe, including baking the chicken, instead of frying it in oil. All in all, I'll absolutely be making these again. They were a big hit with the hub. Next time, to save some time, though, I think I might try breading whole chicken breasts, baking them and coating them with the sauce for boneless buffalo chicken sandwiches, instead of wings.
Two thumbs way up!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas Tradition

As I've mentioned before, the hub and I have a tradition of making Christmas ornaments for one another. We haven't gotten too crafty in previous years, but I've been on a silhouette kick lately and I thought that we could roll up our sleeves & come up with something a little different this time. I went to the craft store and picked up a few pieces of scrapbook paper that caught my eye. I also grabbed a few wooden ovals and a thicker piece of textured black paper for the actual silhouettes.

The supplies
(minus some Mod Podge, an exacto knife and a bit of ribbon).

We traced the larger ovals on the patterned paper and the smaller ovals on the solid paper with an exacto knife. We then applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the wood and carefully placed our paper cut-outs on top, making sure to smooth out any air bubbles.

We also used a thicker layer of Mod Podge to glue the small oval to the large one. A thin layer also secured the silhouette cut-outs. After everything was dry, we glued a small piece of ribbon to the back of the ornament.


To hide the ribbon and make it a little easier on the eyes, we also put a patterned paper cut-out on the back.

I know that they're not necessarily Christmas colors, but I just love them. This was a relatively easy project, although I will say that the silhouettes gave us a run for our money. Nate lucked out and got mine on his first try. But, between the two of us, we had a tougher time with his. Even so, we had a lot of fun making them together... and all for about $4!
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