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Chicken Fried Rice (VIDEO)

Chicken Fried Rice is one of our go-to EASY 30-minute meals. Fried Rice is perfect for meal prep and a genius way to use leftovers. It’s actually even better with leftover rice. Watch the video tutorial below and you’ll see how easy this is.

Fried rice recipes are well-loved in our house, from our Shrimp Fried Rice to Bacon Mango Fried Rice and even Cabbage Fried Rice! Homemade fried rice is simple to make and healthier than takeout.

chicken fried rice recipe in skillet with spoon

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Chicken Fried Rice Recipe:

Fried rice is perfect for meal prep. It comes together fast and it reheats well. It’s also a great way to use up leftovers. If you cook rice earlier in the week, make more than you will need and put it into fried rice. Leftovers never tasted so good!

meal prep container filled with chicken fried rice

Pro Tips for Making Fried Rice:

  • For best results, start with cold cooked rice. Do not use freshly cooked warm rice or it will become gooey and sticky in the pan.
  • Fried rice should be cooked quickly over high heat. Give your skillet a chance to preheat before adding ingredients and avoid the urge to stir constantly, especially when the rice is added. Allow things to crisp and brown slightly.
  • This recipe moves fast so prep all of your ingredients before firing up the stove.
  • Add ingredients in the right order. If you add everything at once, the pan will cool too quickly and steam-cook your ingredients.

Close up of chicken fried rice with chicken, rice, egg, peas and carrots

What is Fried Rice?

Fried rice is a Chinese stir fry made with rice. Scrambled eggs and veggies are usually added along with some type of protein like shrimp, chicken, or ham. It is traditionally cooked in a wok, but a large heavy non-stick skillet works just as well. Fried rice can be enjoyed as a side dish or as a main course.

Ingredients for fried rice

The Best Chicken for Stir Fry:

Adding chicken to fried rice is a great way to incorporate more lean protein. We prefer chicken thighs for chicken fried rice. The dark meat has more flavor and is more forgiving; it remains tender even when it is overcooked. It also works great with chicken tenders or chicken breasts. Just use what you have on hand.

How to Cook Rice for Fried Rice:

Leftover chilled white rice is best and is less likely to turn gummy on the skillet. If you want to cook rice for fried rice, you will need 1 1/2 cups of raw rice to make 5 cups cooked rice. We use Jasmine rice but any long grain rice will work.

  1. Thoroughly rinse rice in a colander until water runs clear – this removes extra starch.
  2. Cook according to package instructions. We put 1 1/2 cups rinsed into a medium saucepan, add 3 cups water, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 Tbsp butter. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a low simmer, cover with a lid and cook 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit 5 minutes.
  3. Spread rice into a casserole dish or baking sheet and cool to room temperature then refrigerate until chilled.

How to cook chicken fried rice in a skillet

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Chicken Fried Rice

5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Chicken Fried Rice is one of our go-to EASY 30-minute meals. Fried Rice is perfect for meal prep and a genius way to use leftovers. It's actually even better with leftover rice.
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$10
Keyword: chicken fried rice
Calories: 486 kcal
Servings: 6 people as a side

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken thighs boneless, skinless and trimmed
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp extra light olive oil or high heat cooking oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 5 cups cooked white rice chilled*
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce (or GF Tamari) or added to taste*
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil or to taste
  • 12 oz frozen peas and carrots fully thawed
  • 1/4 cup green onion chopped

Instructions

  1. Prep all ingredients before starting the stove. Trim off excess fat and cut chicken thighs into bite-size pieces. Transfer to a bowl and season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. In a separate bowl, beat together 4 eggs.

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

  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add 1 Tbsp oil then scrambled eggs and stir and scramble for a minute, breaking up the egg with your spatula. Cook just until no longer wet and immediately transfer to the plate with chicken.

  4. Use tongs to wipe skillet clean with a paper towel. Swirl in another 1 Tbsp oil then spread 5 cups rice evenly over the pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes without disturbing then stir and sauté another 1 to 2 minutes. Rice should sizzle.

  5. Drizzle 2 Tbsp soy sauce and 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil over the rice and stir well. Add fully thawed vegetables and mix well.

  6. Add cooked chicken and scrambled eggs back to the pan. Add 1/4 cup green onion and mix well. Continue to cook until veggies and rice are hot and rice sizzles, stirring frequently. Add more soy sauce and sesame oil to taste.

Recipe Notes

*1 1/2 cups of raw rice will make about 5 cups of cooked white rice. If you are making rice for this recipe, be sure to rinse the rice before cooking to remove extra starch so your fried rice doesn’t end up sticky.

**For Gluten Free, make sure to use Tamari soy sauce or a soy sauce specifically labeled "gluten-free". 

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 486 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 183mg61%
Sodium 676mg29%
Potassium 376mg11%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 5644IU113%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Rejina Khobidi
    November 29, 2019

    This is delicious and easy to make, I really like it so much Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 29, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

  • Gisele Sabourin
    November 29, 2019

    I have tried this recipe and my husband and I really liked it. It is also easy to make only half the recipe. Thank you Natasha. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 29, 2019

      You’re welcome, Gisele! Reply

  • Alex
    November 27, 2019

    Great recipe! Since it is marked gluten-free, I just wanted to point out that soy sauce unfortunately contains gluten. For this to be truly gluten-free, one would need to use special gluten-free soy sauce like Tamari. Reply

    • Natasha
      November 27, 2019

      Hi Alex, yes that is a great point! I added that note to the recipe card also to clarify. Reply

  • Vibha
    November 25, 2019

    I tried it and it is a hit.Its super easy to make. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 25, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • Laneka DeWitty
    November 21, 2019

    I tried it. I loved it! I can’t be I won’t ever have to go out for Chinese take out again Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 21, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review. Reply

    • Anna Markoglo
      November 24, 2019

      Sounds delicious ! Do I need to use cooked rice .. Reply

      • Natasha
        November 24, 2019

        Hi Anna, yes for this recipe you need to use cooked rice. Reply

  • Peggy
    November 7, 2019

    Made the recipe as said. But something was missing. Sauteed onion and garlic in butter then added it to the recipe. Added more soy sauce and a little sriracha sauce. It was so tasty. Love it! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 7, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Julie
    November 6, 2019

    Hi Natasha, I have a question about your Staub skillet. What pros and cons does it have? Is that non stick 100%? Can you sir meat ok without it sticking to a bottom?
    Can you still cook eggs in it or cook “zharenaya kartoshka”? I’m so tempted to get that skillet, but before paying $200 I need to know if it worth it. Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      November 6, 2019

      Hi Julie, any coated cast iron will not be 100% non-stick. It will still stick a little bit. I definitely could not make crepes in it and fried potatoes will stick to the bottom. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 6, 2019

      Hi Julie, we absolutely love it! They trick with any cookware that is non stick is to heat the skillet/ cookware to the temperate you plan on cooking it with. I also recommend reading reviews that come with the product on the site you’re purchasing. We have it linked in our shop on our blog also. I hope that helps. Reply

  • Jean M Quintana
    October 28, 2019

    I remember when no Chinese Restaurant put peas in their fried rice. I think the fast food Chinese take outs started this practice that started 25 to 30 years ago and I’m not a fan. They use to just use green onions. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 28, 2019

      That is interesting! Thank you for sharing that with me. Reply

  • Ana Samuel
    October 21, 2019

    We made it last night with just one adjustment: some butter in the rice. it was much loved! The sesame oil is the star of she show. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 21, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Viktoriya M
    October 14, 2019

    What brand of rice would you recommend? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 14, 2019

      Hi Viktoriya, We use Jasmine rice but any long grain rice will work. Reply

  • Cheryl
    October 14, 2019

    This receipe is fantastic and economical. Thanks for another dish my family loves. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 14, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Cheryl. Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Janice Demarest
    October 6, 2019

    I can never understand why fried rice isn’t recommended as a cheap meal. You can use any and all small amounts of leftover meats or veggies and it feeds a bunch with rice & 2 eggs. And it’s good! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 7, 2019

      That’s my favorite thing about it! Reply

  • Charlottepotter41
    October 4, 2019

    I like to use oyster sauce, toasted sesame oil, at least 3 cloves of garlic, sm. white onion. I cook my 2 eggs first with a pat of butter, plate them and set aside. Then I fry my onion and my garlic in butter and my 2 carrots I diced. I scoot it over in pan and put my cold rice in with butter if more is needed. I use froz. peas so I throw those in last. But the toasted sesame oil and oyster sauce make a big difference in taste. I add the soy sauce in last. More on my plate if needed. But I have to cook with butter, that’s how I’ve seen the Japanese cooks do it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 4, 2019

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Reply

  • Diane
    October 2, 2019

    Love your personality, your energetic smile, how you make everything simple. You’re just awesome. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 2, 2019

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Diane! Reply

  • Nata K
    October 2, 2019

    So delicious and easy to make , thank you for amazing recipe Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 2, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed that. Reply

  • Mike Daigle
    September 29, 2019

    Can I substitute cauliflower rice instead? How to prepare? Same as rice? Reply

    • Natasha
      September 29, 2019

      Hi Mike, you can substitute for a low carb version of fried rice but the method would be a little different. I suggest following instructions specifically written for cauliflower fried riceReply

  • Susan
    September 29, 2019

    I’ve been making fried rice for years. Sometimes it’s spanish or tex-mex, or asian. I always start with sateed onions, garlic, and ginger (if it’s asian) (I keep grated fresh ginger in the freezer.) Then I add my peas and carrots. I cook the rice in chicken broth and add a pinch of goya sazon for yellow color.
    I used chicken breasts cut very thin, and marinated for 15 min. with dry spices. Then you mix them with cornstarch and oil. I also add soy or teriyaki sauce and sesame oil to the rice.Then you put everything together and voila! Chinese fried rice. Reply

    • Natasha
      September 29, 2019

      Yum that sounds wonderful and thanks for sharing! What kind of spices do you use for the chicken? Reply

  • Cristina
    September 29, 2019

    Hi Natasha! This dish looks sooo good, but I have a question; I have another recipe from you, and I want to know the difference with this one. The other recipe is called Easy Chicken Fried Rice.
    Thank you so much. Blessings for you and your beautiful family!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      September 29, 2019

      Hi Cristina, we don’t have an Easy Chicken Fried Rice on our blog. You must be thinking of someone else’s recipe? We do have a really good Shrimp Fried RiceReply

      • Cristina
        September 30, 2019

        Hi Natasha, I was looking to the Easy Chicken Fried Rice, and it has your name and in brackets says Valentina’s Corner, I think I got it from a suggestion from one of your other recipes.
        For sure I am going to make your Chicken Fried Rice, I think is the best like all your other recipes, I tried lot of them and we love it. Thanks Natasha!!!! Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 30, 2019

          Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Reply

      • Shannon
        November 27, 2019

        All I have is extra virgin olive oil. Would that be okay to use? Reply

        • Natasha
          November 27, 2019

          Hi Shannon, extra virgin doesn’t work well with fried rice or stir fry because it doesn’t have a high smoke point and will burn at the heat called for in fried rice. You would be better off using an oil with a higher smoke point such as vegetable oil, canola oil or grapeseed oil, or even avocado oil. Reply

  • Maria A. Moore
    September 28, 2019

    Excellent cook, love it, a very healthy meal. Natasha greetings.Successes!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 28, 2019

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment! Reply

  • Ashley F
    September 27, 2019

    We make this all of the time! The family loves it! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 27, 2019

      Sounds like you found a family favorite! Thank you so much for sharing that with me! Reply

  • Krissy Allori
    September 27, 2019

    Loved this quick and easy recipe and my family loves it too! It will be on repeat for sure. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 27, 2019

      Quick and easy are the best! I’m so glad your family enjoyed that. Reply

      • Valerie
        September 30, 2019

        Hi, Natasha!

        One quick question. You mentioned in the video you can use chicken breast. Would 1 lb still be the correct amount? Thanks! Btw, my husband and I really love watching you!

        Have a blessed day!
        Valerie Reply

        • Natasha
          September 30, 2019

          Hi Valerie, that is correct, I would still suggest the same amount of chicken. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 30, 2019

          That’s so great Valerie! That is correct. I hope you love this recipe. Reply

      • Kailey
        October 2, 2019

        Hi Natasha! When I made this my rice got really soggy. I cooled it like suggested. Any other suggestions? Not sure what I did wrong. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          October 2, 2019

          Hi Kailey, I’d be more than happy to troubleshoot. Was anything altered in the recipe? Did you measure the rice and liquids accurately? Reply

  • Anna
    September 27, 2019

    My family loves this chicken fried rice! It’s delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 27, 2019

      That’s so awesome! Thank you for sharing that with me, Anna! Reply

  • Sarah Skaggs
    September 27, 2019

    This is SO GOOD. Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      September 27, 2019

      Thank you Sarah! I hope it becomes a new favorite for you. Reply

  • Mallory Lanz
    September 27, 2019

    This has become our new go to recipe when we need a quick meal. We usually have everything on hand. Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      September 27, 2019

      Yay!! I love it when that happens (having everything you need on hand) That is the best feeling and also why I love fried rice! 🙂 Reply

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