Chicken fried rice in a skillet garnished with green onion.
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Homemade Chicken Fried Rice

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Homemade Chicken Fried Rice is such an easy recipe to make. It has the best flavor and is packed with juicy and tender chicken. Complimented with peas, carrots, white rice, and the perfect blend of seasonings. This will be your go-to dish when you are craving Chinese rice.

Close up of chicken fried rice in a white bowl with a pair of chopsticks in it.

If you love getting Chinese take-out as much as I do. You are going to love this restaurant quality chicken fried rice recipe. It has all the amazing flavors that you would expect, but it is homemade and fresh out of your kitchen. So ditch the take-out this week and enjoy this delicious family meal.

Chicken Fried Rice Ingredients

  • Chicken Breasts: Use skinless and boneless chicken breast and cut up into bit size pieces.
  • Soy Sauce: An authentic Chinese sauce that adds so much flavor to the dish. I prefer to use low sodium soy sauce.
  • Vegetable Oil: Used to cook the chicken and you can substitute with your favorite cooking oil.
  • Long Grain White Rice: This is a great way to use up some leftover rice.
  • Yellow Onion: I prefer the sweet flavor of the yellow onion. But you can use any onion that you like.
  • Garlic: Fresh mince garlic always is the best. But as a little time saver you can use this Minced Garlic in a jar.
  • Ground Black Pepper: Adds so much flavor to the dish and can be adjusted to your liking.
  • Peas and Carrots: I prefer to use dice frozen peas and carrots, but you can use fresh if you like.
  • Eggs: Make sure to just lightly beat the eggs and not over cook them.
  • Green Onion: Adds the perfect amount of flavor and adds a beautiful color when serving.
All the ingredients needed to make chicken fried rice.

How To Make Chicken Fried Rice

  • In a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, add vegetable oil and minced garlic. Saute for 1 minute stirring occasionally. Then, add 1 1/2 tbsp of soy sauce, black pepper, and cubed chicken. Stir occasionally and cook for 4-5 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned and cooked through. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same pan or wok, add sesame oil and heat up. Then, add onion, peas, and carrots and saute for 3-4 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  • In the same pan move cooked vegetables to one side of the pan. Then, add lightly beaten eggs on the other side. With a spatula, scramble the eggs until they are still slightly runny. Then combine eggs with the cooked vegetables and stir and continue to cook until eggs are completely cooked.
  • Add cooked rice, cooked chicken, and soy sauce to the pan. Stir until completely combined and the chicken is reheated. Turn off heat, add sliced green onion and stir until combined.
  • Serve while hot. Enjoy!

Ways To Change It Up

What of the great things about this simple Chinese dish. Is that you can change up the ingredients to customize it to your taste. Here are a few fun ideas to make it the best-fried rice recipe.

  • The Meat: One of the easiest ways to change it up is by changing the meat. Some of the more traditional meats to add are ham, beef, and shrimp. But you can also make this a vegetarian dish and take out the protein and replace it with kimchi, vegetables, or pineapple.
  • The Rice: My favorite way to make this recipe is with long-grain white rice. But if you are looking for a healthier option you can substitute brown rice or quinoa.
  • Vegetables: Add more of your favorite vegetables to create a bowl of more robust rice. Some popular options are baby corn, snap peas, broccoli, red pepper, mushrooms, and water chestnuts.
Overhead look at the best-fried rice in a bowl and skillet.

Tips For The Best Fried Rice

  • Don’t over cook it: This is one of those dishes that tastes so much better when the vegetables have a little bit of crunch to them.
  • Use Cold Rice: Cook the rice ahead of time and let it completely cool down. This is a great recipe to use up leftover rice.
Chicken fried rice in a skillet garnished with green onion.

Chicken Fried Rice

Homemade Chicken Fried Rice is such an easy recipe to make. It has the best flavor and is packed with juicy and tender chicken. Complimented with peas, carrots, white rice, and the perfect blend of seasonings. This will be your go-to dish when you are craving Chinese rice
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 5
Calories 257 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into ½ pieces)
  • 3 cups long grain white rice (cooked)
  • 1 small yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • cups frozen peas and carrots (thawed)
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup green onions (thinly sliced diagonally)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, add vegetable oil and minced garlic. Saute for 1 minute stirring occasionally. Then, add 1 1/2 tbsp of soy sauce, black pepper, and cubed chicken. Stir occasionally and cook for 4-5 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned and cooked through. Remove and set aside
  • In the same pan or wok, add sesame oil and heat up. Then, add onion, peas, and carrots and saute for 3-4 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  • In the same pan move cooked vegetables to one side of the pan. Then, add lightly beaten eggs on the other side. With a spatula, scramble the eggs until they are still slightly runny. Then combine eggs with the cooked vegetables and stir and continue to cook until eggs are completely cooked.
  • Add cooked rice, cooked chicken, and soy sauce to the pan. Stir until completely combined and the chicken is reheated. Turn off heat, add sliced green onion and stir until combined.
  • Serve while hot. Enjoy!

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 35.6gProtein: 19.6gSaturated Fat: 0.8gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 396mgPotassium: 185mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 3.1gVitamin D: 4µgCalcium: 37mgIron: 3mg
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27 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Such an easy and simple recipe. We love this fried rice. Makes a quick meal.

  2. 5 stars
    I love a good fried rice recipe, and this one is a true classic. I love how easy this is to make too! Will definitely be on my regular rotation for weeknight meals. Thank you so much for the recipe 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I love fried rice because I basically can throw in anything I want. This is one of my favorite foods to order out ever. Looks amazing, totally trying this at home 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I always try to use peas and carrots when I make rice at home. They all just go so well together! Excited to try your recipe now 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Adding this to my dinner line up for the week; this will pair perfectly with my veggie stir fry! Yum!

  6. 5 stars
    Can’t go wrong with fried rice!! It is always my go-to weeknight recipe, and yours looks perfect. Bookmarked to make later, thanks for the recipe 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing! I find takeout pretty inconsistent, so it’s great to have a simple homemade recipe on hand!

  8. This fried rice looks so tasty and easy to make, saving to make soon!

  9. Andrea Metlika

    5 stars
    This is so easy to make and a great meal for a busy weeknight.

  10. 5 stars
    This chicken fried rice is so easy to make! It’s simply delicious and way better than take-out!

  11. 5 stars
    I love all the options with this recipe for meat and rice options!

  12. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe. It turned out really well. I’m excited to have it again.

  13. 5 stars
    A perfect weeknight meal for the family…homemade takeout is a favorite of ours and this looks delish!

  14. 5 stars
    Looks delicious! I never know what to do with all the rice when I get takeout, so I’ll definitely try this next time!

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