Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Chicken Adobo Fried Rice

If you ask my son Joel what he wants for dinner, there's a good chance he'll respond with, 'chicken and rice!' With that said, I usually oblige with some kinds of chicken and rice dish. This happens to be one of our favorites since it something I tend to make often. As a nod to the Philippine national dish of chicken adobo, this Chicken Adobo Fried Rice captures key ingredients in the cuisine. Onions, garlic, soy sauce/tamari and vinegar flavor up chicken and is sautéed with rice for a comforting dish that really hits home...


Since becoming gluten free, one of my biggest concerns about this lifestyle change was soy sauce. Soy sauce is the one condiment I cannot live without and is very much a part of my culture. Thankfully when I learned about tamari, a gluten free alternative to soy sauce, I felt so relieved. I'm a big fan of tamari and if you have yet to try it, I would highly recommend the San-J brand. They offer a great line of gluten free products including tamari as well as cooking sauces, salad dressings and even rice crackers. 

Chicken Adobo Fried Rice
original Joelen recipe

1 rotisserie chicken,
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce or GF San-J tamari
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
2-3 cups cold, cooked rice
1/4 cup sliced green onions for garnish


In a large bowl, remove the chicken from the bone and shred the chicken. Set aside and discard bones.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add oil, onions and garlic, cooking until softened.

Add chicken, soy sauce/tamari, pepper and vinegar. Allow chicken to simmer in soy sauce and vinegar mixture for 5-10 minutes in order to absorb flavor and liquid is almost reduced to 1/2 cup.

Add cold rice, crumbling it into the skillet. Fold the rice into the chicken mixture to combine. If the rice sticks, add another tablespoon of oil.

Continue to sauté until rice is warmed through and mixture is thoroughly combined.

Garnish with chopped fresh green onions before serving.