Thai Chicken & Pineapple Purple Fried Rice

Thai Chicken & Pineapple Purple Fried rice by KeelyMarie.com

 

What in the world…purple rice?  PINEAPPLE purple fried rice. Are my recipes getting too weird for you guys? I hope not, because this is seriously one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever cooked. SO ADDICTING. Thai fried rice is really different from traditional soy sauce seasoned fried rice and it’s a refreshing switch up. You don’t need to use purple rice, but if you can find it in your store then definitely DO.

I loaded this dish with veggies, chicken, and good stuff. Think carrots, scallions, edamame, bean sprouts, peanuts, basil, jalapeño, and pineapple. Then, to top it off, you use coconut milk and fish sauce for even more flavor. Oh…and purple rice. Make this dish now! I beg you.

How was your weekend? I spent mine with family (Mom and sister are in town) out and about around South Beach drinking mojitos and eating lots of great food. Hope you had a fabulous weekend as well.

 

Thai Chicken & Pineapple Purple Fried Rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 5-6

Ingredients

  1. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. 1/2 cup slice scallions, greens included
  3. 2 carrots (or a cup of baby carrots), diced small
  4. 2 cups bean sprouts
  5. 3/4 cup frozen edamame beans
  6. 12 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast, diced small
  7. 1 1/2 cups pineapple, diced small
  8. 1 tablespoon, minced garlic
  9. 3-4 cups cooked rice (I used Thai Purple Sticky Rice), cooked ahead of time and chill if time allows
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 1/2 cup coconut milk, add more to taste
  12. 2 tablespoons nam pla (fish sauce), add more to taste
  13. salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, to taste
  14. 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  15. 1/2 cup fresh basil, thai if you can find it
  16. 1 or more small fresh hot green chiles, I used 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced tiny
  17. lime wedges

Instructions

Put 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over high heat. When it’s hot, add the scallions, carrot, edamame, and bean sprouts and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften and begin to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Lower the heat if the mixture starts to burn. Transfer the vegetables to a bowl with a slotted spoon.

Add another tablespoon of the oil to the pan, followed by the chicken pieces. Season with a few pinches of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, over high heat until the chicken is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the pineapple and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Combine the chicken vegetables and remove from the heat.

In a separate (Large pan) put the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the skillet on high heat, followed by the garlic. About 15 seconds later, begin to add the rice, a bit at a time, breaking up any clumps with your fingers and stirring it into the oil. When all the rice is added, make a well in its center and break the eggs into it; scramble it a bit, then incorporate it into the rice.

Return the chicken and vegetables to the rice pan and stir to integrate. Add the coconut milk and cook, stirring, until most of the liquid has boiled off, just a minute or so. Add the fish sauce, then taste and season with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and stir in the peanuts, basil, and chiles/jalapeno. Serve with the lime wedges.

Notes

adapted from The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman using the recipe "Spicy Fried Rice with Bean Sprouts, Chicken, and Peanuts" page 322

http://keelymarie.com/2013/06/09/thai-chicken-pineapple-purple-fried-rice/

Head over to the Food Matters Project blog to see what recipes the other members cooked up, inspired by Mark Bittman’s Spicy Fried Rice recipe from the Food Matters Cookbook. It was my week hosting so I picked this recipe, so happy it was a winner! Can’t wait to make it again. (The leftover went fast)

Thai Chicken & Pineapple Purple Fried Rice by KeelyMarie at http://www.keelymarie.com

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Tonight’s Dinner ::: Simple Shrimp & Scallop Stir Fry


Usually we are too busy on week nights for any kind of extravagant meal {though I have been known to have dinner ready as late as 10:30 because I just had to make something fabulous}.

I just got back late last night from a work trip in Montreal. It was starting to cool off and it felt great to escape the Miami heat a bit. Since there wasn’t much time to cook this is what I whipped up.

This simple stir-fry is quick and easy. You can choose to marinate the shrimp and scallops for a few hours, but you really don’t have to.  It’s made with the same sauce I used here. We made Red Quinoa instead of white or brown rice for the side.

Shrimp Stir Fry     serves 3-4

  • 1 lb peeled and de-veined shrimp
  • 1- 1/2 lbs scallops depending on the size
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 1 can of water chestnuts
  • 2 scallions sliced
  • assorted bell peppers {I used 1 of the minis in yellow, orange, and red}
  • a few handfuls of snap peas- {snap and pull off the  string running along the top of the pod from base to tip}
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 4 tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup water

Whisk all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Marinate the shrimp and scallops in the sauce for 2-3 hours or as long as you are able. 

Heat a stir fry pan on medium-high heat. Sauté veggies in olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Add shrimp, scallops, and sauce and sauté uncovered until cooked to your preference. I cook it about 10 more minutes {until the sauce reduces, but the shrimp and scallops are not overcooked}. 


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