Easy Chicken Fried Rice

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This chicken Fried Rice dish is so yummy and one of my go-to meals to make on busy nights.

Chicken Fried Rice is a one-skillet meal that can be made with just a handful of ingredients that you probably have in your refrigerator right now. I add chicken to the dish but honestly, it would be just as delicious without it.

This is my version of fried rice and it’s also a simplified version but with all the flavor! I would have to say that I make this dish for our family of four every couple of weeks. It’s great because we usually have a bowl or two as leftovers to warm up for lunch the next day.

If you do have a little extra time, I do have one recommendation and that’s to make the rice ahead. You’ll not only have some of the prep done before dinner but the consistency of the rice much better if you make it a day ahead (even a couple of hours ahead), and let it get cold in the refrigerator. Cold rice is less likely to be sticky and has a more light and fluffy texture.

Photo of ingredients prepped and in bowls, chicken chopped, two cracked eggs, oil, soy sauce, a bowl of cooked white rice and chopped onions, scallions and a bowl of peas and carrots.

For vegetables, I use frozen peas and carrots, and diced onion. Feel free to add bean sprouts, broccoli florets, snow peas, or other veggies you have on hand. Just add cooking time accordingly if you have fresh veggies or heartier veggies like broccoli or root vegetables.

The seasonings in this dish are simple but flavorful with just onion and soy sauce. You can serve this dish with egg rolls and sweet and sour sauce.

Our family likes the Pagoda Crunchy Pork Egg Rolls and La Choy Sweet and Sour sauce. Refrigerate any leftovers because this dish tastes even better heated in the microwave the next day. Below is the recipe!

Related: Three more quick and easy meals to try… 3 Ingredient Salsa Chicken, Easy Sausage and Veggie Foil Packs & One Skillet Beef Stroganoff.

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Easy Chicken Fried Rice


Main Dish

Prep Time

25 min.

Cook/bake time

15 min.



Here's What You'll Need

A large skillet or wok


3-4 tablespoons of cooking oil (vegetable, peanut, sesame or avocado oil)
2 cups of cooked white rice (refrigerated overnight works best)
1-2 skinless chicken breast halves
2 eggs
1 small onion diced
1/2 cup frozen carrot and peas (slightly thawed)
4-5 tablespoons soy sauce more or less to taste (divided)
Chopped green onions to garnish (optional)
salt and pepper taste


1. Cook rice as directed on the package in a small sauce pan. If you have time, I recommend cooking the rice ahead and refrigerating it until cold.
2. Cook the chicken in two tablespoons of cooking oil and two tablespoons of soy sauce for about 3-4 minutes until fully cooked and internal temperature reaches165° F. Do not overcook.
Chicken pieces being cooked golden brown in oil in a skillet to make chicken fried rice.
3. Set the chicken aside in a bowl and add the onions to the same skillet. Add more oil to the pan as needed and sauté until translucent.
Diced onions being cooked in a skillet just after removing fully cooked chicken to make fried rice.
4. Add the peas and carrots to the skillet and combine them with the onions and push them to the side to cook.
5. Scramble the two eggs in a bowl and add them to the other side of the pan. Cook the eggs until light and fluffy.
Photo of egg cooking in the same skillet with the vegetables for an easy chicken fried rice recipe.
6. Add the remaining soy sauce, rice and cooked chicken back into the pan and stir everything together over low heat until combined.
7. Garnish with chopped green scallions and serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers.
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