I haven’t made Guava Chicken in for-ever !!
Mostly because, I couldn’t get the frozen Guava Juice Concentrate any longer.
On our last trip through Las Vegas I found the International Market, YAY!!
So let’s go!
Wow, I had to think about this one. I did not know that there was such a thing as Hawaiian-Style Fried Rice and I have yet to find Guava Chicken anywhere but Hawaii.
I don’t have a recipe, really, I just MAKE IT.
Guava Chicken is something I learned from my SIL (DH’s sister). Every time that we all went to the beach for the day, she would bring Guava Chicken and Fried Rice. My BIL would grill the meat on his little hibachi and there’d be other goodies to nibble on after Body Surfing for the afternoon (I shouldn’t go there, it makes me homesick). To me, that’s Beach Food.
So years later, here we are In The Middle Of The Desert and I NEED to have little pieces of home every so often.
Hawaiian-Style Guava Chicken
1 12oz. can Guava Nectar Concentrate
(if you can find the brands from Hawaii, that’s best, but Goya will do)
1 Garlic clove, crushed
1/2 C. Oyster Sauce
1/2 C. lightly packed Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Soy Sauce (I prefer low sodium Aloha Brand)
1/2 C. Ketchup
1/4 tsp. Chinese Five Spice
5 lbs. Chicken thighs (we buy boneless-skinless)
Combine all ingredients and allow to marinade for at least 24 hours, the longer the better. Grill (or bake or broil, I like the charred bits, it’s more like going to the beach) until the meat is completely done, an internal temperature of 165º on an insta-read thermometer
Hawaiian-Style Fried Rice
this ain’t rocket science! it’s all just leftovers…
start off with steamed White Rice that’s leftover for maybe 2-3 days in the `fridge to dry out
add whatever ‘Goodies’ you like:
scrambled Eggs or that Omelet you didn’t finish
Breakfast Meat (we use Linguica or Portuguese sausage), chopped**
Spam, yup, that’s right Hawaii’s favorite meat!**
IF you must, frozen Peas and Carrots
Soy Sauce (we prefer Aloha Brand)
Toasted Sesame Seeds to make it all pretty at the end
Preheat a large fry pan, or Wok if you have it, with some neutral oil like canola.
Once you see wisps of smoke coming off the pan, you gotta move fast
Throw in the rice, stir it around until it’s hot
Add in your Goodies, stir again
Pour in enough Soy Sauce to just color the rice, barely
Stir; cover and cook for a few minutes
Dish it up with a drizzle of Sesame Oil and some Sesame Seeds, maybe some more
chopped Green Onions too
**Tip – the Spam and the Linguica really make it, or some Teriyaki Chicken, SIL uses Turkey Hotdogs and Bacon**