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      RECIPE TITLE "Stir-Fried Rice and Chicken -- Chikin Raisu" from The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit Copyright 2000 by Hiroko Shimbo

    yieldsYields 3 to 4 servings. time ---- difficultyeasy

    Chikin raisu is a Japanese dish that is analogous to macaroni and cheese in the United States. Both are very popular, easy-to-prepare "comfort foods" that anyone can make and enjoy. Chikin raisu was created at the turn of the twentieth century as a fusion of two techniques, one a relative newcomer to Japan from France, and the other an old-timer from China. The chicken pieces are cooked with onions softened in butter, and then quickly stir-fried with cooked rice. Ketchup is then added to flavor and color the dish. Children love it.


    4 cups day-old short-grain white or brown rice
    6 tablespoons butter
    1 medium onion, minced (about 1 cup)
    About 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
    1 small carrot, minced (about 1/2 cup)
    7 ounces boned and skinned chicken breast, cut into 1-inch squares
    1/2 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
    1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas
    1/4 cup tomato ketchup
    Fresh-ground black pepper


    Since day-old rice is lumpy, quickly rinse it under cold tap water. Drain the rice well.

    Heat the wok or large skillet over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons of the butter, and, when the butter is melted, add the onion. Reduce the heat to low, and cook the onion until it is soft, about 10 minutes. While the onion cooks, add half of the salt.

    Add the carrot, and cook for 1 minute. Add the chicken, and cook until the outside is white. Add the chicken stock and the remaining salt, raise the heat to medium-high, and cook until the liquid is absorbed.

    Add the rice and green peas, turn the heat to high, and continuously stir until the rice is heated through and mixed with the chicken. Add the tomato ketchup and black pepper, and stir thoroughly.

    Serve the chikin raisu with fork and spoon, not chopsticks!

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