Easy Chicken Fried Rice


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I love this recipe for easy chicken fried rice. It’s so full of flavor, just like restaurant style fried rice. In just a few minutes, you get this awesome meal that the whole family will love–even quicker than ordering take-out!

chicken fried rice on a white plate with black chopsticks on a brown table

For the most part, my kids are willing to eat a fairly wide variety of food, but sometimes they’re a bit picky–and chicken fried rice is one of those things that they just don’t like if it doesn’t taste like it came from a restaurant.

But, I am not ordering out every time I get the urge. I just found the best combination of rice, chicken and spices to make a fried rice recipe we’ll all love. Let’s get cookin’!

black chopsticks holding some chicken fried rice above chicken fried rice on a white plate on a brown table

What You Need to Make Easy Chicken Fried Rice

There’s really not as much to making chicken fried rice as you might think. It’s a super simple recipe that I’ve been known to make for myself for lunch when the kids were at school.

Here’s what you need:

  • To make the rice:
    • 4 cups water
    • 2 cups uncooked Jasmine rice
  • To make the chicken fried rice:
    • 1 skinned and cubed chicken breast (can substitute 1 can of chicken, if necessary)
    • Cooked rice
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup sliced bell pepper (I like to use red and yellow for fun)
    • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
    • 1 cup snow pea pods
    • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
    • 1/2 cup diced tomato
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1 cup mushroom
    • 2 tbsp butter or stir fry oil
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce
    • 1 tbsp minced garlic
    • 1 tsp coarse ground sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
all of the ingredients needed to make chicken fried rice, the vegetables are on cutting boards, rice is in a white bowl, chicken is in a glass bowl, soy sauce is in a bottle

How to Make Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Step 1

The day before, combine your water for boiling the rice and your dried rice in a medium saucepan over high heat.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, then remove from the heat. You can make your rice the same day, but I find that the day-old rice just makes a better fried rice dish.

If you do make your rice on the same day, I recommend letting the rice cook for a bit longer on the stove, about 25 minutes, to help dry out the rice a little more.

Step 2

Place stir fry oil (or butter), chicken, onion and garlic in a large pan over high heat.

oil, chicken, onion and garlic cooking in a skillet

Step 3

When the chicken starts to turn white and the onions get soft, add bell pepper, carrot, salt and pepper, green onion and allow this all to cook until the bell pepper is soft.

oil, chicken, onion, peppers, carrots and garlic cooking in a skillet

Step 4

Add the mushrooms, diced tomato, snow pea pods and egg. Stir until the egg is cooked.

oil, chicken, onion, peppers, carrots, mushrooms, diced tomato, snow pea pods, egg and garlic cooking in a skillet

Step 5

Add the rice and stir sparingly until mixed. Allow the rice mixture to cook for 7 minutes, stirring sparingly.

oil, chicken, onion, peppers, carrots, mushrooms, diced tomato, snow pea pods, egg, rice and garlic cooking in a skillet

Step 6

Add soy sauce and teriyaki sauce, then stir sparingly until the rice is browned, about another 2-3 minutes, before enjoying.

soy sauce being added to chicken fried rice cooking in a skillet

More Easy Chicken Recipes You’ll Love

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If you love this easy chicken recipe, but you’re not quite ready to bust out your cutting board, just pin this to your favorite easy salad ideas board on Pinterest so you can find it quick later!

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Yield: 4 Servings Chicken Fried Rice

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

This easy chicken fried rice is so flavorful and filling, it's better then take-out! So many veggies, too, it's a treat to eat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

To make the rice:

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups uncooked Jasmine rice

To make the chicken fried rice:

  • 1 skinned and cubed chicken breast (can substitute 1 can of chicken, if necessary)
  • Cooked rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sliced bell pepper (I like to use red and yellow for fun)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup snow pea pods
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup mushroom
  • 2 tbsp butter or stir fry oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp coarse ground sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by making the rice on the day before, by combining your water for boiling the rice and your dried rice in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, then remove from the heat. You can make your rice the same day, but I find that the day-old rice just makes a better fried rice dish. If you do make your rice on the same day, I recommend letting the rice cook for a bit longer on the stove, about 25 minutes, to help dry out the rice a little more.
  2. Place stir fry oil (or butter), chicken, onion and garlic in a large pan over high heat.
  3. When the chicken starts to turn white and the onions get soft, add bell pepper, carrot, salt and pepper, green onion and allow this all to cook until the bell pepper is soft.
  4. Add the mushrooms, diced tomato, snow pea pods and egg. Stir until the egg is cooked.
  5. Add the rice and stir sparingly until mixed. Allow the rice mixture to cook for 7 minutes, stirring sparingly.
  6. Add soy sauce and teriyaki sauce, then stir sparingly until the rice is browned, about another 2-3 minutes, before enjoying.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 480Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 2072mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 27g

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