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Chicken Fried Rice

Fried chicken rice
Fried chicken rice

Chicken Fried Rice is a staple in many households for its simplicity, speed, and ability to transform leftovers into a completely new and delicious meal. This 30-minute recipe is perfect for meal prep and can easily adapt to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Whether using leftover roast or rotisserie chicken and day-old rice, this dish is a tasty way to repurpose food and reduce waste.

Why Chicken Fried Rice is a Must-Try

  1. Quick and Easy: Ready in just 30 minutes, it’s a perfect weeknight meal.
  1. Versatile: Great for using leftovers like roast chicken and cooked rice.
  2. Customizable: Easily adaptable to include different proteins or vegetables.
  3. Flavorful: A delicious blend of savory, umami flavors with a hint of sesame.
Fried chicken rice
Fried chicken rice

Expert Tips for Making the Best Fried Rice

  • Use Cold Rice: For the best texture, use rice that’s been cooked and chilled.
  • High Heat Cooking: Cook quickly on high heat to avoid mushy rice and to add a slight crispiness.
  • Ingredient Prep: Have all ingredients chopped and ready before starting, as the cooking process is fast.
  • Order of Cooking: Add ingredients in stages to ensure everything cooks properly without steaming.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy this versatile dish as a main course or as a side. It pairs wonderfully with Asian-inspired dishes like stir-fries or dumplings.

Storing and Reheating

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in a skillet or microwave, adding a splash of water or soy sauce to keep the rice moist.

Fried chicken rice
Fried chicken rice

FAQs for Chicken Fried Rice

  1. Can I use brown rice instead of white rice? Absolutely! Brown rice can be a healthier alternative, just ensure it’s cooked and chilled before using.
  2. What other proteins can I use? Besides chicken, you can use ham, turkey, shrimp, or even tofu for a vegetarian option.
  3. How can I make this dish gluten-free? Use gluten-free Tamari soy sauce in place of regular soy sauce.
  4. Can I add other vegetables? Yes! Feel free to add bell peppers, broccoli, or any other veggies you like.
  5. Is it okay to cook the chicken from raw? Yes, as long as it’s fully cooked to a safe internal temperature before adding other ingredients.
  6. Can I freeze Chicken Fried Rice? Fried rice can be frozen for up to 2 months. Reheat directly from frozen, adding a bit of water to refresh the rice.

In conclusion, Chicken Fried Rice is not just a meal; it’s a quick, customizable, and delicious solution for busy evenings or when you need to clean out the fridge. It’s a dish that celebrates simplicity and flavor, making it a beloved choice for many. So, grab your skillet or wok and get ready to enjoy this delightful and easy fried rice!

Fried chicken rice

Chicken Fried Rice

"Make Chicken Fried Rice your quick, go-to meal. Ideal for meal prep and a clever way to use leftovers, especially with leftover rice!"
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken rice, Fried rice
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


Cutting Board
Large Non-stick Skillet
Measuring Spoons


  • 1 lb Chicken Thighs Boneless, Skinless, Trimmed
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 5 cups Chilled Cooked White Rice
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Extra Light Olive Oil or High Heat Cooking Oil
  • 1/4 cup Green Onion Chopped
  • 12 oz Frozen Peas and Carrots Fully Thawed
  • 1 Canned corn Optional
  • 1 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce


Prep Ingredients:

  • Trim excess fat from chicken thighs and cut into bite-size pieces.
  • Season chicken with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper.
  • Beat 4 eggs in a separate bowl.

Cook Chicken:

  • Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large non-stick skillet or wok over medium/high heat.
  • Add seasoned chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fully cooked. Transfer to a plate.

Cook Scrambled Eggs:

  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add 1 Tbsp oil to the skillet.
  • Pour in beaten eggs and stir/scramble for about a minute until cooked. Transfer to the plate with chicken.

Prepare Rice:

  • Wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel.
  • Add another 1 Tbsp oil to the skillet.
  • Spread 5 cups of rice evenly over the pan.
  • Cook without disturbing for 1-2 minutes, then stir and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until rice sizzles.

Add Seasonings:

  • Drizzle 2 Tbsp soy sauce and 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil over the rice. Stir well.

Add Vegetables and Chicken:

  • Add fully thawed vegetables (and corn if used) and mix well.
  • Add the cooked chicken and scrambled eggs back to the pan.
  • Add 1/4 cup green onions and mix well.

Finish Cooking:

  • Continue cooking until vegetables and rice are hot and rice sizzles, stirring frequently.

Adjust Seasoning:

  • Add more soy sauce and sesame oil to taste.


  • Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy your delicious chicken fried rice!


When preparing a gluten-free version of the recipe, ensure you use Tamari soy sauce or a soy sauce explicitly labeled "gluten-free" to meet dietary restrictions.

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