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Low Carb Healthy Chicken Fried Rice

  • Paleo
  • Gluten Free
  • Keto
  • Cook Time20 Minutes
  • Serves4-6
  • Difficultyeasy
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Who doesn't love Chinese takeout? It's the perfect solution after a busy night! But if you're low carb, it's usually off-limits. Well, not tonight! Enjoy low-carb, healthy chicken fried rice (that takes no time to whip up).

Don't miss this delicious recipe if you're ready for a takeout fake-out. Fried rice is a classic made better with It's Skinny rice at only 9 calories per bag!

A Less Traditional Take on a Very Traditional Chinese Dish

Fried rice has been a Chinese classic for hundreds of years (literally—about 1500 years!) The exact origins of this dish are a mystery, but it’s been used as an ideal method to use up protein, fish, and leftover rice for years and years.

In classic fried rice dishes, older, dryer leftover rice is used (2–3-day old rice). The ingredients are often cooked separately and then brought together at the end, so the flavors stay strong. The protein in most fried rice dishes varies. Some call for pork, shrimp, tofu, or our favorite—chicken!

Ginger, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil give this dish that authentic takeout flavor. The egg adds protein and texture, and peas, onion, and carrots are the classic veggie choice. Of course, you could also use bits of pepper, cabbage, mushrooms, or other leftover veggies.

In some versions, cooks add sugar, MSG, and other flavorings, but we keep this dish classic and healthy using whole, recognizable ingredients.

About It’s Skinny Low Carb Rice

Being rice-based, fried rice is usually high in carbs. White rice is starchy, and the dish is often high in calories, making it a definite indulgence. With our low-carb, healthy chicken fried rice, you can get all your favorite takeout flavors any time—without derailing your diet.

You may be familiar with It’s Skinny pasta--our 9-calorie shirataki noodles are a popular, easy-to-use pasta alternative. But did you know that we also make It’s Skinny rice?! With the same calorie count and no carbs, It's Skinny rice is an excellent option for any of your favorite rice-based dishes.

Other rice alternatives are rarely low carb. Brown rice, quinoa, and other grains might be healthier than plain white rice, but they still contain carbohydrates and calories. Not to mention the texture is rarely right—most rice alternatives are quite chewy and even hard. Some healthier white rice alternatives also contain gluten.

Cauliflower rice is a popular low-carb rice option, and it can work well in some dishes. Unfortunately, it can be a significant mess to create, and if the cooking process is off, you end up with mushy, gloppy cauliflower puree (which doesn't really fulfill those rice cravings).

It’s Skinny rice is naturally gluten-free! Our rice is easy to work with—simply open the bag, drain, and add it to your favorite dish. What's better is that It's Skinny takes on the surrounding flavors of the dish. It pairs perfectly with the other ingredients in this healthy chicken fried rice recipe and won't overpower the dish.

Unlike classic rice, you don’t need a rice cooker to make It’s Skinny rice. There’s no need to boil the perfect amount of water, rinse or soak the rice. We’ve all had a failed rice attempt before—you rinse, measure, boil, simmer, stir, fluff, and it still turns out hard, gluey, or not-quite-right. With It’s Skinny, you’ll have amazing, fool-proof rice that’s low-maintenance and easy for any cook.

Buy It’s Skinny pasta on Amazon, where you can choose a convenient four-pack. There are several varieties-- spaghetti, angel hair, fettuccine, and of course, rice. Once you try it, you’ll be shocked at this 9-calorie pasta and rice alternative.

What is It’s Skinny Rice Made From?

9 calorie rice may sound impossible to believe. But thanks to a miracle ingredient called konjac, this magical rice is a reality.

What’s konjac, you ask? Konjac is a funny-looking little root vegetable that’s native to Asia. In fact, folks in Asia have been using this ingredient in medicine and cooking for centuries (probably since the invention of fried rice). It’s used in many different dishes.

Konjac root is fibrous. The plant itself is an herb with a beautiful lily-like flower. But for our purposes, the real beauty of konjac is the root. Texturally, the konjac root is like a yam or a turnip. When properly prepared, it makes easy, low-calorie, low-carb, gluten-free noodles.

You may have heard people talk about miracle noodles or shirataki noodles—these all come from the konjac plant. The difference with It’s Skinny noodles is that a little bit of oat flour in our formula helps our konjac noodles have the texture of traditional pasta and rice.

You can enjoy It’s Skinny in any noodle or rice dish. It’s perfect for weeknights when you don’t have major time for meal prep. It’s Skinny won’t weigh you down or leave you feeling stuffed, tired, and sluggish. Instead, you'll feel satisfied and full (and free of carb-guilt).

So the next time you're craving takeout (or a big bowl of pasta), reach for It's Skinny! It's the 9-calorie solution to dinner.

Healthy Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

Ready to do a takeout fake out? Grab the It’s Skinny pasta and a few yummy ingredients, and you'll enjoy this high protein, satisfying Chinese takeout dish in no time. Lightly scrambling the eggs first helps them hold their texture before they join the rest of the ingredients in this dish (it's one of the secrets to perfect fried rice).

Note: There are 4-6 servings in this healthy chicken fried rice recipe. It makes great leftovers, and it's perfect for sharing with friends. So pass on the excitement of this delicious dish (with only 9-calories per bag of It’s Skinny rice)!

Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 small chopped white onion
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger (optional)
  • 1 pound of chicken breasts or thighs, diced
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen peas
  • ½ cup diced fresh carrots
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 packages of It’s Skinny Rice
  • 2 lightly scrambled eggs
  • 2 bunches of fresh scallions chopped

Directions

1
Add vegetable oil, soy sauce, onion, garlic, ginger, and chicken to a large skillet or wok on medium heat. Cook for approximately 4-5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
2
Add the peas, carrots, It’s Skinny rice, and sesame oil to the skillet. Mix well. Add the lightly scrambled eggs using a spatula. Finish scrambling the eggs and mix the ingredients well until eggs are completely cooked.
3
Season the healthy chicken fried rice with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve!
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