Chicken and Asparagus Fried Rice

We were having longganisa for lunch but I was worried about the leftover roast chicken going to waste. The thing is, the leftover chicken could have only fed one person and there were four people for lunch today. So I made good use of the chicken by stretching it. The meat from half a chicken breast was all the meat that this asparagus fried rice needed.

Heat the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan. Pour in the beaten eggs and cook until just set but still wet at the center. Scoop out with a spatula and transfer to a chopping board. In the remaining oil, add the chopped chicken and cut asparagus. Cook over high heat, stirring, for about 30 seconds (asparagus cooks fast, and the chicken is already cooked and just needs to be reheated).

Add the rice. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the rice is heated through. Meanwhile, roll the cooked eggs and slice finely. Turn off the heat, and add the eggs and garlic. Toss to distribute evenly.

Stuffed Zucchini

Last Friday, the girls had chicken burgers for their packed school lunches. I used the leftover chicken burger mix to cook these baked stuffed zucchini. One thing I like about zucchinis is how little preparation they require. They don’t have to be peeled, for starters. And stuffing them is a breeze because even uncooked the flesh is soft enough to scoop out with a spoon. All the zucchini needs is a flavorful filling and topping and about 12 minutes of baking. Cut the zucchinis in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scoop out the flesh, leaving only half an inch thick of flesh next to the skins to allow the zucchini halves to hold their shape. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Chop the scooped-out zucchini flesh.

Mix the ground chicken, chopped onion, minced garlic, herb, and chopped zucchini flesh. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and fill the cavity of each zucchini half with one portion. Bake in a preheated 375oF oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with grated cheese (or spread the tops with Cheez Whiz), and return to the oven for about 30 seconds or just until the cheese melts.