Indian · Indo-Chinese · Non-Vegetarian

Chicken Triple Schezwan Fried Rice

I’m a huge fan of Indo-Chinese food. Period. I love the spiciness of Schezwan sauce and a subtle hint of garlic flavored rice. I get both in this wonderful Triple Schezwan Fried Rice recipe.

The name says ‘triple’ because it consists of 3 fundamental components, rice, noodles, and chicken gravy. You could take any one component out and it would still taste great, imagine what it would taste like with all three! Well, now you don’t have to imagine.

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Serves: 2
Cooking time:  1 hr

Ingredients

Fried Rice with Noodles
3 cups cooked basmati rice (approximately 1½ cup uncooked)
75 gms noodles (Hakka or Egg Noodles), (makes approximately 1 cups boiled noodles)
1 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
¹/3 cup scallions (spring onions), finely chopped, with the greens
¹/3 cup cabbage, shredded
¼ cup carrots, peeled and julienne
¹/3 cup schezwan sauce
3 tbsp + 3 tsp oil
Salt, to taste

Chicken Schezwan Gravy
1 chicken breast, cut in small cubes
2 tsp garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger, peeled and finely chopped
3½ tbsp schezwan sauce
1 tbsp scallions (spring onions), finely chopped, with the greens
¼ cup cabbage, shredded
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp tomato ketchup
1 pinch black pepper powder
1 pinch sugar
1 tbsp oil
3½ tbsp cornflour (corn starch)
Salt, to taste

Crispy Fried Noodles
75 gms noodles (Hakka or Egg Noodles), (makes approximately 1 cups boiled noodles)
2 tsp oil, for boiling and tossing
¼ tsp salt
1½ tbsp cornflour
Oil, for frying

Scallions greens (spring onions greens), chopped

Preparation

Fried Rice with Noodles
1.  Cook basmati rice with 1 tsp oil and ½ tsp salt. Keep aside.
2.  Boil 3 cups of water in a large pot on medium heat. Add noodles, 1 tsp oil and ¼ tsp salt to it. Turn occasionally in between and boil until the noodles are completely cooked (approximately 4-5 mins). Turn off heat.
3. Transfer the noodles to a colander and drain water. Pour cold water over the boiled noodles. Then transfer the noodles into a deep plate and add 1 tsp oil to it. Toss the noodles together. Keep aside.
4.  Chop all veggies and keep it ready.
5.  Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok on high heat until it begins to smoke a bit.
6.  Add finely chopped garlic, spring onions, cabbage and carrots and saute for 2 mins.
7.  Then add schezwan sauce and mix everything together.
8.  Add cooked rice, boiled noodles, 1 tbsp water and salt to the wok. Toss gently and saute on high heat for another minute. Keep aside.

Chicken Schezwan Gravy
1.  Dissolve cornflour in 1 cup water and keep aside.
2.  Heat oil in a pan on high heat till it begins to smoke a bit.
3.  Add finely chopped garlic, ginger and saute on high for a few seconds.
4.  Add chicken cubes, spring onions and cabbage and saute on high for another minute. Then add schezwan sauce and mix everything together.
5.  Add soy sauce, tomato ketchup, black pepper, sugar, salt and corn flour mixture. Mix everything together.
6.  Add 1½ cups water to the pan, mix well and let it simmer on medium heat until gravy thickens. Then turn off heat.

How to make Crispy Fried Noodles

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1.  Crush the crispy noodles into pieces.

Place fried rice in a serving plate and make a well in the center. Pour hot gravy in the center, and spread fried noodles and chopped spring onions. Serve hot.

spoonful O’ tips

1.  Cooking rice with oil makes it fluffy and non-sticky. Make sure cooked rice is dry and loose, and not soggy. If you think the rice is soggy, spread it out on a plate and let it air dry. The drier the rice, the easier it is to toss and  coat with sauce.
2.  While cooking, noodles must be completely submerged in boiling water so that they cook evenly.
3.  The time required to cook different types of noodles may vary. So be careful, overcooking noodles might turn them mushy. Noodles to be fried must be 80% cooked and noodles to add to the rice must be cooked completely.
4.  Pouring cold water over the boiled noodles stops them from cooking further.
5.  Tossing cooked noodles in oil stops noodles from sticking together.
6.  All-purpose flour (maida) can be used as a substitute for cornflour in the gravy.
7. The same recipe can be made by replacing chicken with paneer to make a Veg Triple Schezwan Fried Rice.

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