Chicken in an easy curry rice recipe? Yes, you heard it right. A delicious and colorful fried rice recipe that you can devour at a simple brunch. Whether you consider this dish a chicken curry with rice or a rice curry with chicken, it’s delicious.
If you’re going low-carb, feel free to use cauliflower rice as a substitute. Check this cauliflower rice recipe to learn how to prepare this variation of curry fried rice.
Feel free to use the rice of your choice in this recipe. Long grain and brown rice would both work for this dish. However, if you are using brown rice be sure to add 2 more ounces of chicken stock to the rice cooker. Brown rice takes longer to cook than long-grain white rice.
As written, this recipe calls for peas. That’s the classic veggie used in curry rice. But, if someone in your house isn’t a fan of peas, substitute them for your favorite veggies. You may add vegetables such as broccoli, sugar snap peas, carrots, and even spinach.
This recipe calls for freshly cooked rice. If you have day-old rice, one way to cook it is to saute it with the vegetables. It creates a nice smoky flavor in the rice.
In fact, I suggest cooking the rice and chicken ahead of time. This is to make sure that the rice is well-rested and dry during the frying process. Day-old rice is perfect for this recipe. But make sure to put it in the refrigerator so it won’t spoil.
This curry rice recipe is freezer-friendly, meaning you can store it in the freezer and reheat it in the microwave. This dish can make for a tasty bag lunch for those who don’t have enough time to prepare a delicious meal every day.
Enjoying Curry Rice with Wine
Pair this dish with a crisp white wine. There’s a bit of heat in curry powder either from black pepper or chilis. So, you want a chilled and refreshing white wine to help cut through that heat.
Our top choice for a white wine is Pinot Blanc. It’s a lesser-known grape, which is always fun to try. I think trying unique wines on a typical weeknight can help spice up the evening. It can also be a nice compliment to this dish if you choose the right bottle.
This wine grape often shows pear and lemon flavors. Depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made, it can also have some smokiness. Pick a bottle with very little to no oak aging.
You can find sweet, dry, and sparkling versions of Pinot Blanc. Any of these expressions will work with this dish. Bubbles are great with spicy foods. Slightly sweet wines are also great with spicy foods. Bubbles and sugar distract you from the heat a bit. Dry white wines with good acid also help cut the heat.
Pinot Blanc can be a lower acid wine depending on where it’s grown and how old the bottle is. So, if you’re going for a still and dry Pinot Blanc, pick a young one from a cool climate. The Willamette Valley in Oregon and Alsace in northern France are both cool regions that produce wines from Pinot Blanc.
You should get a nice balance from these cool wine regions. You want a bottle where the acidity isn’t so high that it clashes with the dish. At the same time, the wine will have enough acidity to be a nice contrast. A cool climate Pinot Blanc should fit that bill.
No matter which style of Pinot Blanc you choose, you want to serve it chilled. So, serve this directly from your wine fridge or refrigerator. Around 50 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect.
There are other wines you can enjoy with this dish too. Here are our top choices for white wines:
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Pinot Blanc