Monday, May 2, 2011

Pineapple Curry Fried Rice

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Rice to try in my home. The product was provided to me at no cost, but my opinions are my own.

Pineapple in savory dishes are always a surprise to me, so when I wanted to use up a can of pineapple that was hanging out in my pantry, I almost forgot to look for main dishes instead of desserts. I'm glad this recipe popped up in my ingredient search!

I used Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Rice for the cooked rice, and I liked the idea of getting more whole grain in a meal like this, but I didn't notice a difference between this rice and normal white rice. No one in my family even questioned it.

When we sat down to eat, my husband said "Now this is what I'm talkin' about!" so it was a hit with the grownups. We thought it tasted pretty similar to a rice curry dish we used to get a from a Thai restaurant we lived closer to back in our "married, no kids, eatin' out all weekend" days. The leftovers the next day were just as good!

Pineapple Curry Fried Rice
recipe adapted from

1 tablespoon curry powder
2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound boneless chicken meat, cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups of your favorite fried rice vegetables, chopped to the size of peas (I used a combo of onion, carrots, & celery)
3 cups white rice, cooked (great from the freezer!)
1 cup frozen peas
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained, juice reserved
Salt, to taste

Mix together curry powder, fish sauce, pineapple juice, and soy sauce in a small bowl.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers, and cook and stir the chicken until the pieces are about halfway cooked, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and fresh veggies and cook for 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked and veggies have softened. Stir in the cooked rice, frozen peas, pineapple chunks, and curry mixture, and cook and stir until the fried rice is hot, 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt, if needed.

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