Quick and Easy Chicken Fried Rice

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How to make the most delicious homemade chicken fried rice. Quick and easy stir fry dinner recipe that’s so much better than takeout!

bowl of chicken fried rice with eggs and vegetables

My family loves Asian food, especially Chinese food and Thai food. Though I’m not sure chicken fried rice is truly authentic, it’s one of my favorite things to get when we go out to eat or order take-out.

I love everything about it, from all of the delicious flavors to the vegetables, the scrambled eggs, and the soy sauce… It’s really delicious!

It’s taken us a long time to really learn how to make a good fried rice recipe. Dan purchased a really nice wok awhile back, and ever since, he’s really experimented with different foods and come up with some delicious dishes!

This chicken fried rice recipe is one of those dishes he likes to make, and man, he’s so good at it. This is HIS recipe, through and through.

Lower carb option: Cauliflower Chicken Fried Rice

We have a few tricks for getting the rice to fall right off your fork and not leave any clumps. And we also cook both the rice and the chicken ahead of time.

In fact, sometimes we just cook extra when prepping another meal and save it back for something like this. It’s a handy way to save a little time.

bowl and wok with homemade chicken fried rice

Sometimes we’ll make a double batch, just so we can make up a batch of chicken fried rice spring rolls to go with dinner.

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If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the delicious chicken fried rice recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

What Is Chicken Fried Rice?

Chicken fried rice is a stir fry dish cooked on high heat in a skillet or wok.

stir frying chicken fried rice with a metal spatula in a large wok

It’s made with ingredients like chicken and rice, of course, along with eggs, onions, peas, carrots, other vegetables, sesame oil, and soy sauce.

What Kind of Rice Should I Use?

I recommend using a long grain rice, since short grain rice will tend to be softer and will most definitely clump together when cooked. We used Jasmine rice for this recipe, and it worked really well.

stir frying rice into chicken fried rice recipe in large wok with metal spatula

Now another tip for getting your rice to literally fall right off the fork (or the spatula/spoon while frying), is to cook it ahead of time and chill it.

We usually cook ours in our Instant Pot, and then we’ll spread it all out on a cookie sheet, cover it, and stick it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill. If we haven’t made it up ahead of time, we’ve even been known to stick it in the freezer for a shorter amount of time.

Chilling it really helps with getting the rice to fry without all the clumpy, goopy mess that rice can sometimes turn into.

Tips for How to Make Chicken Fried Rice

  • Cook both the chicken and the rice ahead of time. And again, chill the rice before frying (see reasons above).
  • You can either shred or chop the chicken, totally your preference, though I prefer shredded.
  • It’s important to heat the sesame oil in the wok first before adding anything in. You’re going to cook fried rice on a medium high heat (depending on your stove), and it’s going to be a super quick process, so make sure that all of your ingredients are ready before you ever turn on the heat.
  • While we don’t parboil our vegetables beforehand, you may prefer to parboil the peas and carrots, so they’re not as crisp, and Food Fanatic has great tutorials for how to parboil. Personally, I love the hint of crispness they give with the rice.
stir frying vegetables into hot sesame oil in large wok
  • Once your sesame oil is heated and all of your ingredients are ready to go, you’ll throw the vegetables, onion, and garlic in together and cook ’til tender, all the while stirring.
  • Make a well in the center of your mixture, and scramble the eggs together with the vegetables.
scrambling eggs with vegetables in large wok for chicken fried rice recipe
  • Then add in the chicken and stir together.
stirring chicken into chicken fried rice mixture in large wok
  • Mix the rice into the ingredients.
  • And finally, pour in the soy sauce, stirring everything and mixing it all together really well.
stirring chicken fried rice together in large wok with large wok spatula

Making chicken fried rice is a super quick process once you have all of your ingredients ready to go. And it tastes so much better than takeout.

Alternative Ways to Make Fried Rice

There are so many ways you can switch up this recipe and make it different every single time. The easiest way to switch it up is to use different meats or vegetables.

For example…

  • Beef – Use leftover beef roast, stew meat, or steak.
  • Pork – Use leftover pork chops or pork roast.
  • Shrimp
  • Fish – I could see making fried rice with grilled fish fillets, maybe trout or maybe even grilled salmon. Or for an easier route, try canned tuna or salmon.
  • Roasted Turkey – would work just as well as chicken.
  • Tofu
fork with bite of easy chicken fried rice over big bowl of rice

Or you can even switch up the veggies…

  • Stir in or sprinkle in a generous helping of chopped green onions.
  • Use a pack of stir fry veggies from the freezer section. Think sugarsnap peas, broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts, etc.
  • Add diced or sliced peppers in for even more delicious flavors.
bowl of delicious chicken fried rice, homemade with eggs and vegetables

Can You Freeze Chicken Fried Rice?

Yes, you can. Just place it in a sealed container or cover it well, and it should keep for about 6 months.

This makes it easy to prep ahead of time, freeze, and reheat for dinner.

More Homemade Chinese Recipes:

Asian Chicken Salad Wonton Cups

close up look of homemade chicken fried rice in a blue patterned bowl

Kitchen Tools You’ll Need to Make This Recipe:

Wok

Wok Spatula – This comes in really handy for stirring and scraping the wok as you toss the ingredients while cooking.

Ninja Food Chopper Express or Cutting Board and Chef’s Knife

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Quick and Easy Chicken Fried Rice

How to make the most delicious homemade chicken fried rice. Quick and easy stir fry dinner recipe that’s so much better than takeout!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Dinner, Main Dish
Keyword chicken fried rice, chicken fried rice recipe, easy chicken fried rice, how to make chicken fried rice
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 496 kcal
Author Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Jasmine rice cooked and chilled
  • 1/2 pound skinless chicken breasts cooked and shredded
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup peas and carrots frozen
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Heat the sesame oil in a large wok on medium high heat.*

  2. Add the veggies, onion, and garlic to the wok, and cook ’til somewhat tender but still slightly crisp, maybe 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Make a well in the middle of the veggies, and scramble the eggs into the veggies.

  4. Stir the chicken into the mixture.

  5. Then add the rice and stir it into the mixture, mixing everything together really well.

  6. Add the soy sauce and stir fry everything together.

  7. When everything has been heated thoroughly, it’s ready to serve and enjoy. 

Recipe Notes

*Make sure all of your ingredients are ready to go before you heat the sesame oil. It will be a super quick cook time, so it’s important to have everything ready to go.

Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Chicken Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 634mg 26%
Potassium 364mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 79g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 46.6%
Vitamin C 5.7%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was originally written in March 2016. It was updated and republished with more photos and tips in January 2019.

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deliciously easy chicken fried rice recipe in a blue bowl

22 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Chicken Fried Rice”

  1. I’m new to this site, so I’m missing the Spring Roll part of this recipe..? Lol…I’m not seeing the instructions for rolling the prepared rice in (?) And what it’s cooked in, at what temperature for how long?
    I am laughing at my “non-tech” abilities because I’m sure it must be linked here…somewhere??? ? Want to help me find that part of the recipe….Please?

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