Chicken Fried Rice


This easy Chicken Fried Rice recipe 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.

Want to cut back on the carbs?? Try my Cauliflower Chicken Fried “Rice” Recipe.

chicken fried rice

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 this video to see exactly how to make this irresistible homemade chicken fried rice.


chicken fried rice recipe

This is a staple recipe that you’ve got to keep on hand. I love this because not only is it so easy to make and quick to throw together, but it uses basic ingredients that you likely always keep on hand. It has been a repeat recipe at my house.

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

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Chicken Fried Rice

4.75 from 20 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.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken rice, fried rice
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 518 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 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.


  • Sue: What is Sriracha? Thanks, I want to try this recipe soon! June 15, 2014 at 9:27am Reply

  • eve: I made this two days ago and it was amazing! We will never have chinese take out ever again!! My boyfriend even ate it cold the next day because he couldn’t wait to warm it up again :) May 22, 2014 at 10:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you both liked it Eve! Thanks for your feedback! May 23, 2014 at 8:53am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love fried rice, what a perfect weeknight meal option! May 10, 2014 at 5:36pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: We love dishes like this one! Always a hit! May 10, 2014 at 1:43pm Reply

  • Matt Robinson: I could literally eat this every day, Jaclyn. Chicken fried rice is my favorite go-to meal, but usually take out. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Have a great weekend! May 9, 2014 at 9:37pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your comment Matt! I hope you have a great weekend too! May 9, 2014 at 10:36pm Reply

  • Annie: Definitely a staple worth bookingmarking. My (asian) mother always added ketchup just for a bit of colouring. I really enjoy “golden” fried rice (when it becomes yellow!).

    Thanks for sharing, this looks delicious! May 9, 2014 at 9:05pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I love having staple recipes and ones that everyone can agree on – even better :) May 9, 2014 at 9:02pm Reply

  • Julia | This recipe is a great way to give flavor to sometimes boring chicken breasts or left over chicken. This looks delicious and very practical – perfect for weeknight dinners! May 9, 2014 at 8:31pm Reply

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