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Easy Chicken Fried Rice

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Restaurant Style Chicken Fried Rice is the ultimate meal to whip up at home.

Skip ordering takeout and make this easy chicken fried rice right in your kitchen. Get the tender rice, perfect blend of veggies, and a little secret ingredient to toss in that adds a nice amount of flavor.

white plate of chicken fried rice

Chicken Fried Rice

The next time you’re debating ordering carryout, check your fridge. If you have leftover rice and chicken, you’re well on your way to this easy chicken fried rice.

You can make homemade fried rice that tastes just as good as your favorite restaurant. 

I make stir fry at least once a week, usually with leftover veggies we have but this fried rice is a great way to use up cooked rice and/or chicken.

If you’re tired of chicken, try this one pot shrimp fried rice.

ingredients laid out to make fried rice

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Ingredients

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

  • Cooked Chicken 
  • Leftover Rice
  • Onion 
  • Carrot 
  • Frozen Peas
  • Soy Sauce 
  • Sesame Oil
  • Butter 
  • Salt And Pepper
plated fried rice with skillet in background

Which kind of rice should I use?

Jasmine rice is typically used but I used white rice for this recipe.

For the best results, you want to make sure that you use leftover cold rice. Fresh rice will not give you the right texture.

Is it safe to eat leftover rice?

As long as you follow the safety guidelines from the USDA, leftover rice is fine.

  • Don’t leave cooked rice sitting out for more than an hour before eating it or moving it to the fridge.
  • When reheating it, make sure it hits 165° F.
  • Toss any leftovers after 3-4 days.

Read more about leftovers and food safety on the USDA website.

Which oil is best for making fried rice?

You will find that sesame oil offers a very unique flavor that matches the restaurant version.

If you don’t have sesame oil, canola oil or even vegetable oil will work as well. 

closeup of chicken fried rice in skillet

Can I use leftover rotisserie chicken for fried rice?

Absolutely! If you have rotisserie chicken on hand or even frozen chicken you batched cooked ahead of time, go right ahead. I love cutting a corner and just tossing in pre-cooked chicken. It tastes just as good and is quick! 

The only thing is to make sure that your chicken is not overly seasoned, as that can affect the flavor of the dish if it is heavily seasoned. 

What is the secret ingredient to making the best chicken fried rice?

Butter. Call me crazy but butter is going to really add a richness and depth to your rice. This is what many Japanese steakhouses use to give it that crave-worthy flavor that always leaves you wanting more. 

Butter will also help things brown up nicely so you get a rich color and flavor to the dish. 

You are more than welcome to toss in extra vegetables if you want to add more flavor variation into this recipe. I tend to use these veggies (onions, carrots, & peas) unless I am cleaning out the produce drawer and have extras to throw in. 

How to make homemade chicken fried rice

  1. STEP ONE: Saute diced onion and carrots in sesame oil until tender.
  2. STEP TWO: Add in the frozen peas and stir.
  3. STEP THREE: Whisk together the eggs, push the veggies aside, and pour into the pan to scramble them. Once scrambled, mix together.
  4. STEP FOUR: Add in the cooked chicken and rice and stir.
process shots of making fried rice in a skillet
  1. STEP FIVE: Add in the soy sauce and secret ingredient – butter! Stir until melted and fully incorporated. Taste and add any salt & pepper, if needed.
homemade fried rice in skillet

What to serve with chicken fried rice

You can truly whip up this chicken fried rice and pair it with any of your favorite side dishes. 

Need more easy chicken dishes? Try these:

fried rice on plate with title text
white plate of chicken fried rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Restaurant Style Chicken Fried Rice is the ultimate meal to whip up at home. Skip ordering takeout and make this easy chicken fried rice at home. Get the tender rice, perfect blend of veggies, and a little secret ingredient to toss in that adds a nice amount of flavor.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Servings 4 servings
Calories 739 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • ½ cup carrots diced
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups white rice cooked
  • 2 cups chicken cooked
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon butter cubed into small pieces
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sesame oil, onions, and carrots. Saute until carrots & onions are tender.
  • Add the peas to the pan and stir.
  • To a small bowl, add the eggs and whisk together with a fork.
  • Push the veggies to one side of the skillet and pour the eggs on the other side. Use a spatula to scramble them. Once fully cooked, stir into the veggie mixture to evenly distribute.
  • Add the cooked rice and chicken and stir. Mix well.
  • Add the soy sauce and stir to distribute.
  • Add the butter and stir until melted and distributed.
  • Season with salt & pepper, if needed.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Start with leftover cooked white rice.
Use fairly bland cooked chicken (like a rotisserie chicken) for the best results.
If you’re short on time and don’t want to dice vegetables, you can use a frozen veggie blend.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 739kcalCarbohydrates: 119gProtein: 23gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 133mgSodium: 1724mgPotassium: 436mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3090IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. Ronald Jamison says

    I love to cook

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