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Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

This easy, one-skillet chicken fried rice recipe is ready in 20 minutes and my family prefers this over takeout!

Chicken Fried Rice is one of our go-to EASY 20-minute meals.

Fried Rice is a great way to use leftovers, we’ve found that leftover rice works even better than fresh rice.

The key to easy assembly is to prep all the ingredients before you begin cooking.

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

The BEST Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

We’ve been making fried rice in our home for many years, it’s one of my husbands favorite meals.

When we first got married, we purchased an asian recipe cookbook, because neither of us had ever cooked asian food. Over the years, we’ve adapted and adjusted recipes to meet our personal taste preferences, and this chicken fried rice recipe is one that’s in regular rotation around here.

Now that the kids are older and able to help with meal preparation as well, we try to use simple & easy recipes with basic pantry ingredients. It’s a great way to teach teens how to cook, and that it’s PERFECTLY FINE to customize and swap out ingredients depending on preferences and what you have on hand!

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Tips and Tricks for cooking the EASY Chicken Fried Rice:

  • Prep ALL ingredients before you begin. Cooking goes quickly so everything needs to be ready for you to pour right into the wok.
  • We have found that we get better results when using COLD RICE, because warm rice can get gooey and sticky in the pan. If I know ahead of time that I’ll be making this, I’ll make the rice the day before and refrigerate in until time to cook. If you’re making Fried Rice spur of the moment and have to make fresh rice, go ahead and cook it, then spread it out on a cookie sheet. Loosely wrap with Saran Wrap and pop in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes (good time to prep other ingredients), then remove and proceed with the cold rice!
  • PREHEAT the wok. Add oil and only begin cooking once it is HOT.
  • Fried rice needs to be cooked quickly over HIGH HEAT. I prefer using a wok because it withstands the high heat well and the shape makes it easy to stir quickly and not spill ingredients.
  • Add ingredients one at at time. If you add everything at once, it can cause the heat in the pan to cool too much and it’s important to maintain high heat.
  • Stir with bamboo or wooden utensils.
  • Canned or Frozen peas work better for this recipe than fresh.
  • Feel free to substitute olive oil for butter or sesame.
  • Adjust the type and quantity of vegetables to personal preference.

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

How to Make Chicken Fried Rice

    • Add olive oil to a wok or pan and heat over high heat.
    • Once hot, place rice, chicken, onion, egg, peas, carrots, salt & pepper into the wok or pan.
    • Add soy sauce. 
    • Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes.
    • Serve & enjoy! 

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice Variations

CHICKEN: Can use thighs instead of chicken breasts.

Can also substitute for another protein, such as:

  • Shrimp (cook about 1 minute per side for small shrimp)
  • Ham (use about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Steak (use about 1 cup)
  • Pork (saute a of pork chop, then dice)


Can substitute  Jasmine Rice, Brown Rice, or quinoa.


Feel free to add, increase, replace, reduce, substitute, etc. other vegetables such as onion, scallions, broccoli, corn, cabbage, bean sprouts, red bell pepper, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, celery, asparagus or green beans.


You can add other seasonings such as oyster sauce, toasted sesame seeds, sherry, hot sauce, hoisin sauce, or freshly grated ginger.

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

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Yield: 2

Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Easy Chicken Fried Rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 large eggs scrambled 
  • 1 cooked boneless skinless chicken breast diced
  • 7 oz Can Peas & Carrots 
  • 4 Tbsp Soy Sauce 
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tsp pepper


  1. Add olive oil to a wok or pan and heat over high heat.
  2. Once hot, place rice, chicken, onion, egg, peas, carrots, salt & pepper into the wok or pan.
  3. Add soy sauce. 
  4. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Serve & enjoy! 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 655Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 220mgSodium: 3124mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 35g

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How to store leftover Easy Chicken Fried Rice:

Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days. You can also freeze, in an airtight container or ziplock freezer bag. To reheat, it’s easiest to just thaw in the refrigerator overnight then toss in a skillet for about 5 or 10 minutes until thoroughly heated through.

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