Chinese Fried Rice with Chicken

This chinese fried rice recipe with chicken is better than takeout!  You don’t need to order out anymore after tasting this dish!
The Best Chinese Fried Rice with Chicken.  Great Asian dish and better than takeout!

Chinese Fried Rice…something I’ve been wanting to make well for a long time now.  Mr. Wishes and I are big fried rice fans.  It’s one of our favorite things to eat anytime we are dining at an Asian restaurant.  I don’t even care so much about any of the other food…as long as the fried rice is good then I’m happy! We don’t eat at Chinese food restaurants often nor do we order Chinese take-out on a regular basis, so it was absolutely necessary for me to make a “just as good as take-out” fried rice recipe so that I can enjoy it anytime, anyday!  This came out perfect – not too greasy, not too salty, and full of flavor.

I know that people have different views on what traditional or authentic Chinese fried rice is and should be, but this is my own take on it and the way I prefer it.  You can adapt it to your liking!  This was so easy to make, very enjoyable, tasty, and there was not a scrap left!  I recommend it to anyone craving some good Chinese fried rice.  It’s also a great way to use up leftover rice and/or chicken!

Chinese Fried Rice with Chicken
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Serves: 4
This chinese fried rice recipe with chicken is better than takeout! You don’t need to order out anymore after tasting this dish!
  • 1 cup diced yellow or white onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 5 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 drops soy sauce
  • 3 drops sesame oil
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken, chopped
  • ½ cup diced carrot
  • ½ cup peas
  • 4 cups cold, cooked rice
  • 4 green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 4-5 tablespoons soy sauce
  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in wok OR deep skillet; add chopped onions and stir-fry until onions turn a nice brown color, about 8-10 minutes; add in garlic and saute with onions for a couple of minutes (until fragrant).
  2. Remove from wok/skillet.
  3. Allow wok/skillet to cool slightly.
  4. Mix egg with 3 drops of soy and 3 drops of sesame oil; set aside.
  5. Add 1 tbsp oil to wok, swirling to coat surfaces; add egg mixture; swirl egg until egg sets against wok/skillet; when egg is set, flip egg and cook other side briefly; remove from wok/skillet, and chop into small pieces.
  6. Heat 2 tbsp oil in wok/skillet; add chicken to wok/skillet, along with carrots, peas, and cooked onion and garlic; stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  7. Add rice and green onions tossing to mix well; stir-fry for 3 minutes.
  8. Add 4-5 tbsp of soy sauce (add more or less to your liking, just make sure all rice is coated) and then add chopped egg to rice mixture and fold in; stir-fry for 1 minute more; serve hot.
Serve with additional soy sauce on the side.
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38 Responses to “Chinese Fried Rice with Chicken”

  1. Sarah
    February 19, 2014 at 12:25 AM #

    Ah fried rice, a staple in my meal rotation. Love cooking extra rice and then using that 1 or 2 day old rice to make fried rice! Another trick I learned is if you have to make it fresh to use that night put it into the freezer until you are ready to use it. Helps to dry it out so that the consistency is right in the fried rice. No one wants mushy rice!!!

    • February 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM #

      That’s such a good tip! I’m gonna try that next time! Day old rice is also good for arancini 🙂

  2. February 19, 2014 at 7:22 AM #

    Fried rice is a favorite in our house, whether it’s take out or at home! This looks so yummy!

    • February 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM #

      Thank you Marie! It’s our fave too 🙂

  3. February 19, 2014 at 8:33 AM #

    Looks and sounds terrific! I don’t why I never made it at home til fairly recently either (and I’m Chinese!). I love adding a dash of curry powder to mine. : )

    • February 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM #

      Curry powder sounds like a great addition! I might try that next time!

  4. February 19, 2014 at 8:35 AM #

    Fried rice is obviously in the meal rotation at our house. Sometimes we make extra rice for stir fries just so we can eat fried rice the next day! Looks great!

    • February 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM #

      Great idea!! Thanks Eva!

  5. February 19, 2014 at 12:43 PM #

    I am so in love with fried rice… and THIS recipe. My boys could really care less what is in it, too. Just as long as it’s fried rice. Isn’t that funny?! We don’t go out to Chinese restaurants… period. We just love it here at home. Going to have to make this one up…you’ve just seriously inspired me to make this for the boys’ lunch today. Thank you!!

    • February 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM #

      I’m glad I inspired you!! Enjoy!

  6. February 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM #

    This looks awesome! I love fried rice but rarely make it myself because, well, I’m lazy like that. =P Yours looks like it turned out so amazing. YUM!

  7. February 19, 2014 at 4:21 PM #

    I have always wanted to make fried rice at home! This looks delicious and the recipe sounds so easy to make! Thanks!!

    • February 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM #

      Thanks! I hope you like it Cindy!!

  8. February 19, 2014 at 4:42 PM #

    Fried rice is such good stuff! And there are so many different ways to flavor it (and make it, really). This is wonderful — thanks.

  9. February 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM #

    Oh man, I am a fried rice fiend! I love it and dream of it constantly. This homemade version sounds like a great way to control what goes inside so I can make it healthierish and thus, eat more 😀

    • February 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM #

      I love the way you think!!

  10. February 19, 2014 at 5:24 PM #

    Looks delicious Ashley! Peas and carrots are always my favorite things to add to fried rice. 🙂

    • February 19, 2014 at 5:47 PM #

      I love how versatile it is- you can really add any veggies!

  11. February 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM #

    I love fried rice, Ashley! Your take is just the way I like it.

    • February 19, 2014 at 8:49 PM #

      Aww thanks, Marcie!

  12. February 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM #

    I tried to make fried rice before and it came out horrible. 🙁 Yours looks so so good and I’ll have to give your recipe a try. 🙂

  13. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    February 19, 2014 at 8:21 PM #

    I tried making fried rice and it came out horrible. 🙁 Yours looks so so good and I have to give your recipe a try. 🙂

    • February 19, 2014 at 8:49 PM #

      I’ve made some failures before too! Lol

  14. February 19, 2014 at 8:47 PM #

    I love fried rice! Lovely dish Ashley I am so happy you enjoyed making it! 🙂

    • February 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM #

      Thanks Shundara!

  15. February 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM #

    I might seriously have to make this with the leftover chicken from last night’s dinner. I have been wanting to order Chinese food for weeks, but I’m trying to hold out until after the baby arrives and I REALLY don’t feel like cooking. 😉 This could tide me over until then!

  16. February 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM #

    Love this fried rice it looks so yummy and has a great versatility too.
    So next time I prepare it according to your recipe, for sure it will be a success 🙂

  17. February 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM #

    I love fried rice! I feel like it’s such a good clean out the fridge meal too! This version looks so good!!

  18. February 20, 2014 at 4:05 PM #

    I have always wanted to make fried rice at home too. I also really want to try fried quinoa. I’m a quinoa freak! You make this sound very easy, so I can’t wait to try it!

  19. February 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM #

    We’re the same way. We love chicken fried rice in fact sometimes when they have one of the stands at the grocery store for carry out I pick up a box. It’s so bad for you but sure does taste good. I’ve never attempted to make it for fear we would be eating it all the time. Oh well I guess I might as well try yours. Now my hubby will be requesting it all the time. 🙂

  20. February 20, 2014 at 11:38 PM #

    You can’t go wrong with fried rice! One of my favorite dishes 🙂

  21. February 21, 2014 at 12:04 AM #

    I can’t believe I’ve never made fried rice before! I will definitely try this when I have leftover rice to use.

  22. February 21, 2014 at 12:23 AM #

    Love flavored rice – simple to make and so delicious. Just perfect comfort food!

  23. February 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM #

    This looks delicious! I love making fried rice! …and Chinese food in general. Thanks for sharing!

  24. February 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM #

    I love Fried Rice and I’ve never made it – so thanks for the recipe!

  25. February 23, 2014 at 1:19 AM #

    I’m always looking for a good fried rice recipe. I’m afraid the secret to great restaurant rice is tons of oil, so I’m always on the lookout for authentic recipes that are a bit lighter. I’m excited to give this one a try!

  26. February 24, 2014 at 11:46 AM #

    I’ve been wanting to try fried rice for a long time now too!! Yours turned out so well – it looks absolutely delicious!

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