Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl

Here's the quintessence of Japanese home cooking: an aromatic, protein-rich broth served over rice. Admittedly, Japanese cooking leans heavily on sugar—for a less traditional taste, you could reduce or even omit the sugar.

Servings: 4

Total Time: 20 minutes

Active Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced

Directions:

1. Prepare instant brown rice according to package directions.

2. Pour broth into a heavy medium saucepan, along with sugar, soy sauce and mirin. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low.

3. Stir egg whites and whole egg in a small bowl until just mixed. Add chicken to the simmering broth. Gently pour in the egg mixture, without stirring. Sprinkle scallions on top. When the egg starts to firm up, after about 3 minutes, stir it with chopsticks or a knife. (The chicken will be cooked by now.) Divide the rice among 4 deep soup bowls and top with the chicken mixture.



Nutrition Information: Per serving: 262 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 87 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrate; 21 g protein; 2 g fiber; 395 mg sodium.

Tip: Mirin is a low-alcohol rice wine essential to Japanese cooking. Look for it in your supermarket with the Asian or gourmet ingredients. An equal portion of sherry or white wine with a pinch of sugar may be substituted for mirin.


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Recipe and photo courtesy of EatingWell.com

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