Chicken Fried Rice


Chicken Fried Rice is one of the best weeknight dinners around! It’s a homemade version of my favorite take-out classic. We all had that ham fried rice growing up but move over ham because the chicken variation is 100 times better!

The whole family will love this protein packed, hearty chicken and brown rice combo.

An overhead shot of chicken fried rice on a white plate with chop sticks

Chicken Fried Rice

This chicken fried rice will easily become one of your go-to dinners! It’s easy, it calls for basic ingredients, it’s hearty and filling and it’s perfectly flavorful.


Plus it’s quick to make and clean up is a breeze. My kind of dinner!

Ingredients for This Recipe

  • Brown rice
  • Chicken breasts
  • Sesame oil and canola oil
  • Frozen peas and carrots blend
  • Green onions
  • Garlic
  • Eggs
  • Low-sodium soy sauce

How to Make Chicken Fried Rice

  • First cook chicken in a little oil in wok or skillet.
  • Saute veggies (peas, carrots, onions, garlic) the move to the side of pan.
  • Add in eggs and scramble and cook.
  • Return chicken to skillet along with some cooked rice then season with soy sauce. Told you it was easy!

Watch the Video and See How Easy it Is (1 Min)!

A close up of chicken fried rice in a skillet

It’s a Healthier Option

It’s like Chinese take-out but it’s made healthy with the use of brown rice and chicken in place of the traditional white rice and ham.

Another great thing about this is it’s a meal the entire family can agree on, my husband and I both loved it and my kids will polish theirs off. It’s also so convenient how it s a meal all in one.

Save this recipe and be sure to try it soon, you’re going to love it!

Can I Make it with Cauliflower Rice?

I actually have a delicious Cauliflower Chicken Fried “Rice” recipe HERE for a lower carb option.

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Chicken Fried Rice

4.8 from 25 votes

An easy flavorful fried rice that's made with brown rice and lean chicken breast instead of white rice and ham. A recipe everyone can agree on! Hearty and so satisfying. It make great leftovers too.

Servings: 3 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 cups cooked long-grain brown rice (preferably left over rice. White is fine too)
  • 3/4 lb bonelss skinless chicken breasts , diced into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil , divided
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil , divided
  • 1 1/3 cups frozen peas and carrots blend
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Sriracha , for serving (optional)


  1. In a large non-stick wok or skillet, heat 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil and 1 1/2 tsp of the canola oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add chicken pieces, season lightly with salt and pepper and saute until cooked through, about 5 - 6 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.
  2. Return skillet to medium-high heat, add remaining 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil and 1 1/2 tsp canola oil. Add peas and carrots blend and green onions and saute 1 minute, then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Push veggies to edges of pan, add eggs in center and cook and scramble.
  3. Return chicken to skillet along with rice. Add in soy sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with Sriracha to taste if desired.
  4. Recipe Source: adapted with slight changes from Rachel Schultz
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 518 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 181mg 60%
Sodium 767mg 32%
Potassium 726mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 1g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 124.4%
Vitamin C 13.6%
Calcium 7.1%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chicken Fried Rice
Calories: 518 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Hotchocolateymilk: This recipe is AWESOME. I’m an annoyingly picky eater so I’m elated when I find a recipe I enjoy that’s also filled with vegetables and protein. I realize she has a veggie fried rice on here somewhere, but I don’t always have as much time or money to spend on extra prep and ingredients. Has anyone made this recipe without chicken? Would I just omit the first step and use only the second half of the oil used after the chicken is cooked? February 3, 2019 at 7:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I’d just do as you stated, then you likely won’t need as much of the soy. February 7, 2019 at 3:06pm Reply

  • Linda H.: This has become a go-to staple meal in our household! So yummy, and quick and easy too! Thanks for a delicious, healthy recipe! February 1, 2019 at 7:03pm Reply

  • bobbie: chicken fried rice recipe is so easy and sounds very delicious this is my first time trying to accomplish this one so wish me luck. November 10, 2018 at 3:56am Reply

  • Julie: My entire family of picky eaters loves this! Easy week night meal and huge hit! October 6, 2018 at 6:12pm Reply

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