Easy Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

PinSaveJUMP to RECIPE

This post may contain affiliate links.

Easy Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice — One-skillet, ready in 20 minutes, and you’ll never want takeout again after tasting how good homemade is!! Way more flavor, not greasy, and loads of juicy chicken!!

Easy Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice - One-skillet, ready in 20 minutes, and you'll never want takeout again after tasting how good homemade is!! Way more flavor, not greasy, and loads of juicy chicken!!

Easiest Chinese Fried Rice Recipe

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make fried rice, this recipe will help you in no time. I’m not sure why but I have very few rice dishes on my site.

Time to change that with this easy, one-skillet recipe that’s ready in 20 minutes and better than takeout. You’ll never be tempted again to eat rice from a flimsy white takeout container after trying homemade.

The chicken is moist and juicy and there are green onions, garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce for layers of flavor.

My favorites are the bits of scrambled eggs. Fried rice just isn’t fried rice without those coveted bits of eggs that I go searching for and devour those little treasures first.

It’s such an easy and healthy weeknight dinner you can whip up in no time and the leftovers are great for lunches! 

Easy Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice - One-skillet, ready in 20 minutes, and you'll never want takeout again after tasting how good homemade is!! Way more flavor, not greasy, and loads of juicy chicken!!

What’s in Chicken Fried Rice? 

For this Chinese chicken fried rice recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Oil (both sesame and vegetable) 
  • Chicken breasts 
  • Frozen peas and carrots 
  • Green onions 
  • Garlic
  • Eggs
  • Cooked rice
  • Low-sodium soy sauce

How to Make Fried Rice

To make this chicken fried rice recipe, you’ll first add the oils and diced chicken to a large skillet. Cook the chicken over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until no longer pink inside. Remove the chicken to a plate while you stir-fry the veggies. 

To the same skillet, add the peas, carrots, and green onions. Once softened, add the garlic. 

Push the veggies to one side of the skillet, and scramble the eggs on the other side. Add the chicken back to the pan, followed by the rice. Drizzle everything with soy sauce and cook until everything is heated through. 

Easy Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice - One-skillet, ready in 20 minutes, and you'll never want takeout again after tasting how good homemade is!! Way more flavor, not greasy, and loads of juicy chicken!!

Can I Add Different Veggies? 

Of course! Stir-fried rice is a great clean out the fridge meal. Just note that different veggies have different cook times, so you may need to adjust the recipe slightly. 

Easy Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice — One-skillet, ready in 20 minutes, and you'll never want takeout again after tasting how good homemade is!! Way more flavor, not greasy, and loads of juicy chicken!!

Tips for Making Homemade Fried Rice

To save time if you don’t have leftover rice on hand or don’t want to cook a batch, use two pouches of ready-to-serve rice. Works like a charm. 

If cooking the rice yourself, I highly recommend making it the day before or adding slightly less water than you normally would. You want the rice to be a little dry so it soaks up the soy sauce (but not crunchy, though!). 

I don’t even bother thawing the frozen peas and carrot blend that’s mixed into the rice. You can add the veggies straight to the skillet! 

Easy Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice — One-skillet, ready in 20 minutes, and you'll never want takeout again after tasting how good homemade is!! Way more flavor, not greasy, and loads of juicy chicken!!

Pin This Recipe

Yield: 6

Easy Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

Easy Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

This easy, one-skillet recipe is ready in 20 minutes and better than takeout. You’ll never be tempted again to eat rice from a flimsy white takeout container after trying homemade.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 to 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas and diced carrots blend (I don’t thaw and use straight from the freezer)
  • 3 green onions, trimmed and sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 cups cooked rice (I use white, long-grain or brown may be substituted. To save time use two 8.8-ounce pouches cooked and ready-to-serve rice)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • salt and pepper, optional and to taste

Instructions

    1. To a large non-stick skillet or wok, add the oils, chicken, and cook over medium-high heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, flipping intermittently so all sides cook evenly. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts and sizes of pieces.
    2. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon (allow oils and cooking juices from chicken to remain in skillet) and place chicken on a plate; set aside.
    3. Add the peas, carrots, green onions, and cook for about 2 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften, stir intermittently.
    4. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stir intermittently.
    5. Push vegetables to one side of the skillet, add the eggs to the other side, and cook to scramble, stirring as necessary.
    6. Add the chicken, rice, evenly drizzle with soy sauce, optional salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until chicken is reheated through.

Notes

Recipe is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Reheat gently as desired.

Adapted from Rachel Schultz, Cooking Classy, Iowa Girl Eats.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 157mgSodium: 525mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 33g

More Easy Asian Recipes:

ALL OF MY ASIAN RECIPES! 

15-Minute Sheet Pan Chicken Fried Rice – Easy HEALTHIER “fried rice” that’s actually baked and not fried!! Full of authentic flavor and ready faster than you can call for takeout!!

15-Minute Sheet Pan Chicken Fried Rice - Easy HEALTHIER "fried rice" that's actually baked and not fried!! Full of authentic flavor and ready faster than you can call for takeout!! Perfect for busy weeknights and a family FAVORITE!!

Pineapple Fried Rice – A Hawaiian-inspired shrimp fried rice recipe that’s EASY, ready in minutes, and has so much authentic flavor!! A family favorite that’s better-than-takeout!!

Shrimp Fried Rice — There’s garlic, ginger, green onions, sesame oil, and soy sauce for layers of flavor while peas, carrots, corn, and bits of egg add texture! 

Skinny Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry — Even people who don’t like cauliflower will be amazed at how authentic and DELICIOUS this SKINNY version of chicken fried rice tastes!

Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Rice — Chicken, rice, pineapple, and red peppers cook together in one pan for an EASY weeknight dinner that tastes like you’re in Hawaii!

Mongolian Beef Bowls – These EASY Chinese-inspired Mongolian beef bowls are ready in just 10 minutes!! Loaded with rich savory flavor, crisp-tender vegetables, and served over rice!

15-Minute Hawaiian Sheet Pan Shrimp — Juicy pineapple, tender shrimp, and rice with a touch of heat and tons of tropical FLAVOR!! Made on ONE sheet pan, ready so FAST, and perfect for busy weeknights!! 

About the Author

Welcome to AverieCooks! Here you’ll find fast and easy recipes that taste amazing and are geared for real life. Nothing fussy or complicated, just awesome tasting dishes everyone loves!

Get the latest recipes via email!

Leave a Comment

Please note: I have only made the recipe as written, and cannot give advice or predict what will happen if you change something. If you have a question regarding changing, altering, or making substitutions to the recipe, please check out the FAQ page for more info.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments

  1. Absolutely delicious and super easy! Comes out perfect every time and I’ve made this a lot! I think maybe I’ll try the sheet pan way next time but it will be hard to change since this one is perfect. Thank you!!

    Rating: 5
  2. This was so delicious, my husband and daughter loved it! so quick, easy and healthy. I had frozen leftover white rice in the freezer, defrosted it and added to this dish. will be making this again, especially for a weeknight quick dinner.

    Rating: 5
    1. I’m glad you all loved this and will make it again especially when you need a quick weeknight dinner!

  3. I just made this. My husband is getting home late tonight… I ate SO much of this rice, because I could not stop myself; that I had to make another batch within an hour to make sure there was enought for him. I typically make him 2 meals- one for now, one for lunch tomorrow. I guarantee he  is going to ask me to have this in the fridge at all times. He loves leftover Chinese. Eats the rice for days. This was so delicious. I have never posted a comment on a recipe. Delicious. Can’t believe I made it 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I’m glad it was so good you had to make another batch quickly for your husband before he got home! And that’s great you know this will become a staple in your home! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, too!

  4. My family loved this recipe. Chicken fried rice is my 16yo’s favorite takeout dish. He told me that this was way better than the restaurants. Thank you!!!!!!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I’m glad that it’s your sons favorite and way better than any restaurant!

  5. Great recipe, made it today for a quick lunch. I used evoo instead of the canola oil and left out the onions.My 2 year old grandson couldn’t get enough of it.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad this turned out great for you for a quick lunch with your grandson!

  6. First time making it and it turned out ok! 4 cups seems like a lot of rice though, is it really 4 cups? It ended up making plenty leftovers so that’s good. Maybe next time I’ll try 2 cups since I was the only one eating. And I can definitely do better at cooking the chicken. 😂😂 it didn’t turn out super tasty but I like the idea of it cooking in sesame oil. Thanks!!

    Rating: 4
    1. Yes for one person, 4 cups is a lot and you can always halve the recipe or just have leftovers for the next day.

  7. Easy, fast, and cheap to make and tastes delicious! My husband and I love it and the kids eat it without any fussing. Make this about twice a month.

    Rating: 5
      1. Absolutely the best, I have tried! My family loves your recipe!! I make it all of the time. Thank you for sharing with us!

        Rating: 5
      2. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it’s the best you’ve tried and your family’s favorite!

  8. This was so delicious. I got everything prepped beforehand and it came together in a short time. I put a few meals in the freezer for the times I don’t feel like cooking. Thanks for another great recipe!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this was delicious and best of all you have some freezer meals waiting for you for a rainy day, the best gift to yourself!

  9. WOW made the fried rice it was the BOMB! Perfect saved to our favorites and I will share with our on line Facebook cooking group thank you for a excellent recipe

    Rating: 5
  10. The best Chicken Fried rice I’ve ever made! Thanks for taking the time to share with the world,!Delicious 😋

    Rating: 5
  11. Instead of peas / frozen veg . I use fresh asparagus,carrots,broccoli, and snow peas ! Otherwise followed directions. Love it … easy and good. 

    Rating: 5
    1. It really depends if you’re making it as a side, as the main, how big of appetites you’re feeding, etc. so it’s hard to really put an exact gram or cup measurement on a “serving” since that can vary. Sometimes you want a lot! Sometimes you want a couple bites.

      I would guess a cup and a half to two cups, give or take, as a main.

  12. I’ve made this a few times now, and it’s quickly becoming one of my go to meals. Yum!!! I did make one change after the first time making it, in that I didn’t use the frozen veggies directly from the freezer. Instead, I put them in a strainer and ran them under cool water for about 30 seconds. I find that this gives them a better texture. Also, for the next time I make this, I might throw my chicken in a marinate first.

    Rating: 4
  13. Much like the Fried Rice I enjoyed in SE Asia. I think I ate my fill. love it to this day.

    Rating: 5
  14. I needed a quick, easy meal, and had a bunch of leftover rice, so I went searching and found this. It will be added to our regular rotation. Since there’s only two if us, we had leftovers for lunch the next day and I’m happy to report they were just as tasty as if I’d made them fresh for lunch. So, so good!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you enjoyed the recipe and that it will go into your regular rotation!

  15. Just made this for my family and added diced Shallots and it was fantastic. Highly recommend

    Rating: 5
  16. I along with my three children are celiacs and it is a perfect simple dinner when you are not in the mood to fuss. This was so quick and incredibly good! In fact the entire list of recipes look great for gluten free people.

    Rating: 5
  17. I usually don’t leave a lot of reviews online, but after making this, I had to say how absolutely AMAZING it is! I absolutely loathe cooking – making dinner every day is the name of my existence – but this was so easy and phenomenally delicious! And it’s totally customizable by changing up the veggies. I used peas and carrots, typical for chicken fried rice, but I also added frozen corn… I feel green beans or mushrooms would work well too, something to try next time. And I love that since I’m making it, I have total control of the sodium content – add just enough soy sauce to make it flavourful without getting the salt overload you’d get from a restaurant. This is going to be my new favourite meal to make.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that this is going to be your new fave meal to make and yes indeed, great to be able to customize it, and control the salt level for sure!

  18. My family really enjoyed this recipe. I made it almost exactly as written, I will definitely be making again. Thank you for your recipe!

    Rating: 5
  19. I made this last night for my 5-person family. I used Kroger-brand pure sesame oil and Kikkomen less-sodium soy sauce in this recipe. I actually made a double batch, thinking we’d have plenty of leftovers for the next day but NOPE! Every grain of rice gone save a small container I had to hide so I’d have lunch at work. This turned out every bit as good as advertised, super easy, and dead cheap to make. It’s a new family favorite!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this was such a hit and that even a double batch disappeared super fast! Glad you agree it’s super easy and cheap to make, too!

  20. I’ve made this about 5 times now and it’s a big time hit for the whole family. My husband AND my 6 year old always got back for seconds! It’s super good and takes me maybe 30-40 minutes max from start to finish (and I don’t use instant rice.) 

    Rating: 5
  21. So good! I needed an easy dinner to add to my rotation and this was it! Followed recipe exactly. My whole family loved it!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad this was so good that you’re adding it to your dinner rotation!

  22. This recipie is easy, quick to prepare, and absolutely delicious! Add snow peas, carrots, or your favorite veggies. I substituted low sodum/organic tamari.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad to hear that you have been adding your favorite veggies and also that tamari is working well, too!

  23. I found your recipe in June. I tried it and it came out delicious. I have made it a few times now. In July  for my daughter’s 28th birthday, I made two trays for an outdoor gathering with her friends and the rice was a total hit. Thank you for such easy and great recipe

    Rating: 5
  24. I love this recipe. I doubled the recipe and it only took 1hr to make. Didn’t have onions but this still slapped harder than my ex. Thanks!! 💕💕💃

    Rating: 5
  25. Delicious!!! I added celery and onion to the veggies, a little ginger then mixed in some oyster sauce along with the soy sauce!!! 

    Rating: 4
  26. I have made this recipe a few times and it has been popular and completely finished off each time it was made. My son told me he would be skipping dinner yesterday until he heard that I was making this.The recipe is quite versatile. I usually cut up leftover chicken in to bags in my freezer to make in other recipes. I have replaced the 1st step of the recipe with this and it still turns out amazing. I also don’t generally have green onions so substitute either a regular or sweet onion instead and it has also turned out awesome. I used leftover parboiled white rice last time I made it and this time used leftover basmati rice and it again turned out awesome to the last bite.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this recipe has been a keeper for you with a variety of variations. That’s the beauty of fried rice, you can really vary it up quite a bit with great results!

  27. i did’nt think you could use sesame oil to fry with ,,,,I always thought it to be to delicate of an oil and that it should be added at the end of the recipe for fried rice to season it once the pan is removed from the heat ….try it some time Thanks for your recipes

    1. I really don’t listen to that advice personally although I have read the same thing many times over the years. I just add the oils together at the beginning and it’s just fine for me. Although maybe a chemist would disagree, in reality it works just fine for me.

  28. I sincerely want to make this rice but am using the Lose It app to drop a few pounds and need to know the calorie count. Are you able to give us the calories, per cup, for this recipe? Thank you.

  29. Been making this recipe for quite a while. Simply love it. Easy and not many ingredients. Perfect for me.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you’ve been making it for a few years and that it never fails!

  30. I made this for dinner tonight. I did fry the rice (brown rice) after I cooked it, otherwise followed your recipe. It’s delicious! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  31. Great recipe , I didn’t have soy sauce or green onions so instead I used purple onions and Worcestershire sauce and it still turned out great ! 5 stars !

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it turned out great and you were able to make due with what you had on hand.

  32. Having guests over in a couple days; do you know if this is gluten free? Forgive my ignorance.Made this last week for my family and it was yummy and easy! Hits the spot when you’re craving Chinese food.Substitutions were slight because I had these on hand:Veggie mix (carrots, peas, corn, beans), olive oil, regular soy sauce, and instant brown rice.Thank you!

    Rating: 5
    1. It would be GF if you use GF soy sauce which you would probably need to order on Amazon, not commonly stocked in grocery stores. However, ask the person you’re cooking this for is regular soy sauce is ok for them, since it may be, and that would be the only item that has trace gluten in it.

  33. This is the gold standard of Chicken Fried Rice recipes, I regularly make it once or twice a month.

    Rating: 5
  34. I added another egg, added sweet corn kernels, and substituted brown rice. It was amazing! Definitely better than take out!! Will make again.

    Rating: 5
  35. Amazing!  This was my first time making anything like this and it was so easy. I added bacon as well. Will make again. 

    Rating: 5
  36. I do the same basic recipe for years, except I use some thinly sliced fresh or pickled ginger in the mix. I also marinade my chicken first in soysauce and sesame oil and a little five-spice.

  37. I’ve been craving chicken fried rice but staying at home has made it impossible to get take out.  I’m not a cook and have rarely tried to make much more than breakfast and PBJ’s. But…This recipe was super easy and it tastes amazing. I’ve tried it a couple times now and can’t believe how easy and good it is!  The only problem is that my wife keeps asking me when I’m gonna make it again. Thank you!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and glad you got resourceful and made your own fried rice and that it’s been a bit hit at your house!

  38. Made this tonight and used chicken, spam and egg as my proteins. It was excellent!! Thank you

    Rating: 5
  39. I make this recipe all the time. Sometimes I won’t include all the ingredients, but if you have most of them then it turns out great. I’ll say I normally end up using more soy sauce than suggested.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and glad this is a favorite for you that you make often!

  40. This was the most amazing Fried Rice I have ever made. It only took me 10 minutes to make ( with already cooked rice ) and my family of 6 devoured it! I have very picky eaters! Really really impressed!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and glad this was picky eater approved and the most amazing fried rice you’ve made!

  41. This recipe is delicious!! I just made it and am taking it to my daughter’s for dinner. I know they will love it too. It is not complicated to make and doesn’t take that long to make. Great to make if you have left over rice from another dinner too. That would cut down some time too, Thanks for posting this recipe. I will definitely make it again.

    Rating: 4
  42. Followed this recipe and it turned out great. No next time I’m going to try shrimp.

    Rating: 5
  43. Big hit it my family. I ditch the peas and use water chestnuts (personal preference).  Sometimes add bean sprouts. Leftovers last less than 24 hours in my house.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it’s a big hit with your family! I love water chestnuts so would welcome them in this dish!

  44. A crowd pleaser! My boyfriend is pretty picky and he really liked this! My sister tells me it’s her new favorite dinner I’ve made. Thank you for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  45. I just made this recipe and it is delicious! I used my giant wok so the only step I did differently was placed the cooked veggies in another bowl while I cooked the eggs in the wok. I just dumped them back in after my eggs were soft scrambled, gave it a quick mix, and continued with the recipe. The picky eater (me and son) and the eat everything (daughter and husband) all loved it! Will be making this again!

    Rating: 5
  46. This recipe came out perfectly and was so easy to make as long as you prep beforehand. The only things I deviated from was the garlic and veggies as I only had some minced garlic on hand and my veg mix contained peas, carrots, green beans and corn. It still came out super delicious and my husband loved it. This rice is a keeper!

    Rating: 5
  47. WOW. The fried rice turned up perfect. Cooking the chicken first and then cooking the rest of the ingredients in the same oil made a difference. Thanks for those step by step guide. I can’t thank enough….Please keep sharing your gifts !!!

    Rating: 5
  48. Thank you for sharing this recipe, I’ve made it a couple times now and it never fails. My husband loves Fried Rice and this recipe is the one, again, Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  49. I made the recipe. I would add salt to the ride or chicken when cooking or use regular soy soy 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and many people feel there is enough salt in the soy sauce but of course, always season to your own taste preferences.

    1. Are you sure you only put 2 tbsp? I don’t think that’s ‘wayyyy too much’ given how much food is absorbing it, but we all have different tastes.

  50. Plain instructions for rice never turned out how I wanted. Dropped my ego, found this recipe and am so delighted! I find food to be such a delectable, important part of life when we have delicious, memorable dishes such as this! Thank you, Averie!

    Rating: 5
  51. No need for chinese take out! This is as good or better as what you’d get in that little paper container. Love, love, love it!

    1. Thank you Mary and I am glad you loved this and think it’s as good or better than what they put in those little paper containers!

  52. I made this the other night, and it was the best fried rice I ever tasted.I don’t think you can go back to take out, once to try this. I didn’t add the salt ,and used low sodium soy sauce, and only used 2 TBS.Thanks for posting a delicious recipe😃

    Rating: 5
  53. Made this last night and it was a HUGE hit! So impressed with it that I will be using this website as my go-to when I want something different. 

    Rating: 5
  54. After cooking and removing chicken as described, add cold pre-cooked rice to remaining oils in pan. Flatten into single layer and Do. Not. Stir. When bottom of rice is golden/brown, flip and fry other side. Then follow recipe w veggies, eggs, final mix w soy sauce. This is chicken FRIED rice. I use Presto 14” by 9” electric skillet w high sides at 375*. 

  55. Easy and delicious. The sesame oil is so important for an authentic flavour. I usually make one pan with chicken, and a second pan with tofu for my vegetarian daughter. The leftovers are great, too!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this was easy and delicious! I agree about the sesame oil for the authenticity. Wonderful of you to make it with tofu, too, for your vegetarian daughter!

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it turned out amazing! One skillet/wok is always my fave kind of recipe!

  56. 1st time making chicken fried rice and it was wonderful and a hit with my whole family! Perfect way to use the last chicken breast in the bag and to try something new during this time of cooking at home a lot!

    Rating: 5
  57. My first time making chicken fried rice and it was a total hit with the family and so easy!! Will def make it again!

    Rating: 5
  58. Thanks for the recipe it was delicious now I need a good recipe for beef and broccoli and can leave the takeout in the dust.

    Rating: 5
  59. I made this last night! I feel liberated from the $10 per order for take out fried rice! It was easy, delicious and will be on our menu for years to come! I’m going to need to try it with riced cauliflower as I am diabetic but sometimes you just gotta have the real thing!! This is definitely my go to recipe!! When my family is all together again I’ll make itFor the whole clan! Lots of thumbs up!

    Rating: 5
  60. Good recipe but fresh cooked rice will not work. I actually waited 3 hours after I cooked my rice to make this recipe. Also would recommend stir frying the rice with butter prior to adding it to the veggies.

    1. I make it all the time with fresh cooked rice and others do too. It does work. Maybe it’s not ‘as perfect’ as if you wait a bit but sometimes there just isn’t the time to wait.

      I have never added butter to the rice in this dish. Everyone has their own method for doing things though of course.

      1. You are right Averie. It does work, just not as well as if it was cooked the day before. I guess I was setting the bar really high considering all the 5 star ratings. For a quick meal it works well. I would recommend it and it had a great flavor. Would be happy to amend my rating if there is a way to do so.

  61. Delicious!!! I added an additional 3 TBSP’s of soy sauce though. Anyway, thank you so much for posting this tasty dinner. My husband and 3 boys loved it.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it was delicious! With soy sauce, yes, always add to your liking and to how things look, i.e if they’re a little dry or it just needs more, always go with your gut instinct on that, good call.

  62. Used Tofu & fresh veggies & it was delicious!!! Looking forward to trying other recipes! Thank you!! 😊

    Rating: 5
  63. Made this tonight for my Husband’s birthday dinner!! Delicious and our bowls were empty!! Can’t wait to add some shrimp next time!

    Rating: 5
  64. Made it tonight! Excellent! Substituted broccoli and fresh carrots for frozen peas/carrots. Definitely a hit!

    Rating: 5
      1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it turned out excellently for you!

      2. Just had it with my husband and 2 teenagers and they loved it thank goodness I can make something everyone eat.

        Rating: 5
      3. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this is a family-approved meal! Love it when everyone can agree!

  65. Delicious! Used peanut oil instead of sesame because it’s what I had on hand. This will definitely be added to our dinner rotation! Thanks for a quick and tasty recipe!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it came out great and that you’re adding it to your dinner rotation!

  66. Thanks for the basics. I substituted leeks for onions and added mushrooms. Children came over and ate it all. Thumbs up

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you were able to improv with it and make it your own and that the kids enjoyed it!

  67. Have made this several times now and it’s healthy and easy. It’s become a standard in my weeknight dinner rotation. I’m planning on trying it with shrimp next.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you’ve made this several times and that it’s in your weeknight dinner rotation!

      LMK how you like the shrimp version!

  68. Good recipe name. This is fantastic. Third time making it in a week. I’m quadrupling the recipe this time! Thanks Averie, can’t wait to try out some of your other recipes – that is if I can force myself to stop making this one!

    Rating: 5
    1. Glad you love it and are making it for the third time this week and that you’re quadrupling it this time!

  69. Perfect recipe! Added just a smidge of ginger! Wish I could’ve done shrimp and mushrooms, but the husband is allergic to mushrooms and not a shrimp fan. Water chestnuts would be nice, too! Thank you for making tonight easy! I used two baggies of boil in bag white rice.

    Rating: 5
  70. Chicken Fried Rice is delicious! Used pre-cooked chicken, so needed only 1.5 Tbsp oil for stir frying. Everyone loved it!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it was delicious and everyone loved it and worked well with pre-cooked chicken!

  71. All I have to say is…THE BEST!! I have 3 teenagers that are starving when they get home from school, they actually text me to ask for this rice for when they get home!!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this is the BEST for your 3 teens and that they ask for this when they get home from school! I can only imagine how much food you go through with 3 teens in the house at once :)

  72. I made it, kinda, with the stuff in my fridge at the end of the month. I used flavoured rice, tossed a bit of Chicken soup stock in when I cooked it. Added a bit of powdered ginger and used a dash or two of chinese five spice. Regular onions, and no eggs because I hate the things. :)I have a problem with recipes, they never get made as directed (unless it’s baking…). Very nice base recipe. I”ll be making something like it again. Thanks.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad this is a great jumping off place for you and that you know your way around the kitchen well enough to improvise and experiment with what you have on hand.

  73. I have tried an innumerable about of chicken fried rice recipes and this one is BY FAR my favorite. Simple and easy to make but OUT OF THIS WORLD DELICIOUS! Thanks for the new staple meal :)

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad you loved it and it’s BY FAR your favorite and out of this world delish AND your new meal staple!!

    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad it was delish and you’re going to make it again this week!

  74. I have made this following your recipe several time. Delicious and relatively fast! I plan to try it with shrimp in the future. Thanks for a great family pleasing recipe!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad it was a hit and you’re going to try it with shrimp next!

  75. Fantastic! Can’t to try it with different meats and fish and veggies! I only had one tbsp of sesame oil so used peanut oil for the second tbsp. Also, next time I will use a skillet rather than my wok. It made it difficult to scoot the veggies over to fry/scramble the eggs. I used tamari sauce since we eat gluten free. Also used brown rice. So delicious. I made it ahead of time for dinner and my husband and I are devouring it for lunch!

    Rating: 5
  76. I’ve made this several times now, I have a picky 3 year old and she always asked for seconds. Do you know how rare that is?! To save time I cook the rice in the instant pot! Thanks for a great recipe.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that this is the rare recipe that your 3 year old asks for seconds for!

  77. I didn’t use the frozen pies and carrots I chopped up some peppers and a small chilli and a couple of mushrooms and threw that in, I have to say it was one of the best chicken egg fried rice I’ve ever had. Even though I changed the recipe a little

    Rating: 5
  78. I have made this several times and it’s great and simple! I use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and it’s still wonderful!

    Rating: 5
  79. Made the chicken fried rice last night for dinner. Wonderful recipe, easy and delicious..I added cut up shrimp..this is a KEEPER!!

    Rating: 5
  80. I was sitting on my sofa with no idea what to make for dinner when I saw your email for the chicken fried rice, it seemed easy enough for a non cooker like myself so I tried it with hubby, it was easy enough and delicious. Family loved it, I will add it to the rotation. Thank you

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad the email came at the right time and that you’ll be putting this into your rotation!

  81. loved it, added a little white whine vinegar to give it a bit of a tangy taste, great recipe.

    Rating: 5
  82. My new go to fried rice recipe, also great as a vegetarian option! Just omit the chicken, it’s still very tasty!

    Rating: 5
  83. This was my first time making chicken fried rice. I certainly picked the right recipe to try! EVERYONE loved it!~even the picky eater!!

    Rating: 5
  84. I tried this recipe for my family and they absolutely loved it .. My sister came over had some and took seconds home . We had no leftovers..thanks for the recipe

    Rating: 5
  85. Hi Averie Terrific recipe. My family loved it and it was simple, quick, healthy and easy to use substitutions. I could go on and on. It’s not easy to find recipes that are just right on so many levels & this was spot-on. Thank you for our new favorite. ps this is the first recipe I’ve commented on…ever. Really.🙂

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad it was delicious and thanks for taking to comment for the first time ever!

  86. Just made this for the family tonight…love it!The only thing wrong is that I need a Wok!!!!I made this in a very large iron skillet and the taste is fantastic but not big enough…thank you so much for a lovely recipe that we will definitely be trying again😍

    Rating: 5
  87. I needed a quick, cheap, decently healthy recipe that my kids would eat during the week when I don’t have a lot of time to cook. This worked out beautifully. All three of them loved it and asked if we could have it again tomorrow.

    Rating: 5
  88. I needed a quick, cheap, decently healthy recipe that my kids would eat during the week when I don’t have a lot of time to cook. This worked out beautifully. All three of them loved it and asked if we could have it again tomorrow.

  89. New family favorite! I added a bag of riced cauliflower, a small can of mini corn, and a tsp of ginger paste to the original recipe on my second time making it. Family loves both so it’s nice to know I have options, depending on my available time! Super yummy! Thanks!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad the baby corn, riced cauli, and ginger paste were great additions! They sound tasty and glad your family loves the recipe both ways!

  90. I’m excited to try this tonight and as we all know it’s best to use day old rice so it won’t get mushy on you sadly I have none prepared, but my question is because I’ve never used the premade packets of rice do I need to microwave it first and then add it to the pan as directed or add it to the pan straight from the packaging? I’ve never tasted nor cooked with cooked rice in the packets so I don’t know what I’m working with.

  91. I want to make this tomorrow but just want to check is the sesame oil normal or toasted? Also I only want to make two portions so should I just halve the ingredients. Thanks

    1. toasted

      yes halve if that’s what you want – but just make the full recipe is my suggestion and freeze the leftovers because it freezes great

  92. Title says it all. Absolutely amazing. Tried multiple recipes but this is the superior one.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you feel my recipe is superior to the others recipes you’ve tried!

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it’s the best for you and you’ve made it multiple times already!

  93. I made this yesterday and we had no leftovers! Everyone loved it and requested it again today. The only changes I made: added 4 TBS of coconut amino’s plus 1 TBS of reg soy sauce and subbed jasmine rice for white. It’s AMAZING! I doubt we’ll have leftovers again! Great simple delicious recipe!

    Rating: 5
  94. The whole family loves this recipe!!!! We added a bit more chicken to bolster it up for our “military boys”, but perfect for a hearty dinner!!!!

    Rating: 5
  95. Awesome recipe, added to the regular rotation list.I use fish sauce (1 Tablespoon) and omit the salt. Also easy to modify with whatever frozen veggies and leftover chicken I have on hand.Thanks!

    Rating: 5
  96. “Recipe is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Reheat gently as desired.”No way this would last for 5 days let along 4 months in my house! 🤣😂 boyfriend came home and ate up the remaining portion (about two normal sized helpings). Made it the second night in a row. So delicious!!!!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you made it two nights in a row and that leftovers go fast!

  97. I made this tonight and enjoyed it so much better than a Chinese takeout! I am going back for seconds. Please season your chicken (I used salt) while it’s cooking. It really helps!

    Rating: 5
    1. I would read the yield on the type of rice you’re using but usually it about doubles in volume.

  98. My husband said this was the best fried rice he’d ever tasted! We subbed BBQ chicken for ordinary chicken, which we thought gave it a nice smokiness.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad this was the best fried rice your husband has ever had! I’m sure the BBQ chicken was tasty!

  99. This recipe is amazing. I am definitely not a cook…but the directions were so easy to follow and the end result was fantastic!!Leftovers…um…there were none. It was that good!!Thanks for the recipe!!!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad this was so good that you didn’t have leftovers!

  100. Excellent recipe, very classic and easy to modify to suit your personal tastes. I do fresh cooked jasmine rice, and add teriyaki and hoisin. Going for something maybe a little closer to tepanyaki. I’ll definitely be looking into some of the modifications other commenters have mentioned. This works great as a weekly meal prep item and keeps extremely well in Tupperware in the fridge. IMO, like many one – pot recipes, this actually improves with a little time for the flavors to mingle.

    Rating: 5
    1. This is seriously the best recipe! I love a lot of egg and after I cooked the chicken… I ripped them into smaller pieces how I like it. Only advice is have everything prepped and ready to go … I didn’t and I’m a single mom so I’m sure I overcooked it as my 3 year old was trying to throw more rice in the pan but it still came out delicious!

      Rating: 5
      1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you loved the recipe and glad it all came out delicious in the end (yes having everything prepped and ready helps a lot)!

  101. This was absolutely delicious! My husband loves fried rice and he said this is definitely better than takeout! I did up the soy sauce and added white onion instead of green onion because that’s what I had.

    Rating: 5
  102. So delicious! Next time I’m thinking I’ll add more chicken and use just a little less oil, but I’ll definitely make this again!

    Rating: 5
    1. I have never tried that but probably it will ‘work’ theoretically but not sure how the flavors will meld together.

  103. Best and favorite recipe! My picky 6 year old and my picky mother have asked for this recipe about a dozen times since I first made it. Thank you for such an easy and tasty meal!

    Rating: 5
  104. Came out delicous! I didn’t have carrots so I used corn peas andgreen beans, the corn gives it a nice sweet bite. ,never made fried rice before, it’s easy and came out bomb!!!

    Rating: 4
  105. I have made this recipe,very good,I added some Chinese five spice,and more soy. Very easy and tasty.Thank you.

  106. If I don’t have leftover rice I make a fresh batch and put in the freezer for about an hour or so. It changes the rice just enough to make it to the leftover stage. I like to add a little fish sauce to the chicken but you have to be careful not to add to much.

  107. I made this awhile ago, and it was the best chicken fried rice I have ever had. I added extra egg because that’s my favorite part! My boyfriend also loved it. I’ll be adding it to our regular meals from now on!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it was the best chicken fried rice you’ve ever had and that it will be part of your rotation!

  108. Amazing recipe! I’m going to start making this ALL the time. Best fried rice recipe I’ve ever made! The only small thing I changed was adding 1/2 a diced yellow onion to the veggies.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  109. Love the recipe. It came out waaayyy better than I expected. Thank you for making me a Chinese chef in my kids eyes lol.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad it came out wayyy beter than expected and that you’re a Chinese chef to your kids now :)

  110. Wow! This was great. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been really busy lately and have been feeding my kids frozen foods (everyone clasp your pearls!) and they love chicken fried rice. Well it’s expensive and I’m sure loaded with a bunch of stuff they don’t need. This was so easy. I used Jasmine Success Rice and followed the recipe exactly-even investing in some sesame oil. So glad I did because my son remarked that the kitchen smelled like a Chinese restaurant – which was a good sign I was headed for success. This turned out so great and everyone had seconds. Thank you for a great recipe- definitely a keeper here.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that this is a keeper and the Chinese restaurant comment from your son is perfect :)

  111. Easy prep, I took it a bit further than the recipe called for though. A triple portion, I used a medley – with red and yellow peppers, wax and green beans, broccoli, baby corn, and carrots.Instead of day old rice or pouched rice, you can also make fresh rice – slightly firm, drain and then put on a cookie sheet tossed in the freezer for about 20 minutes, and microwave for 3 after removal. This will quickly dry them out enough so that the grains don’t stick together!I also cooked a chopped clove of garlic in the chicken ahead of the other ingredients. Teriyaki sauce over the top and a splash of Ponzu,and I left my roommates astounded and my date satisfied ;)

    Rating: 5
  112. I live alone, so I cut this recipe in half and made a few minor adjustments, adding more egg, a bit more soy, and cooked my rice in chicken broth instead of water for extra flavor. This made a super delicious meal with a few portions left over, which I froze.

    Rating: 5
    1. It would really depend on the appetites of the people you are serving it to. It could range from maybe 4 to 8 people depending on the people, what else you may or may not be serving it with, etc.

  113. You-put the name of the little slices of the green vegetables as onions green oinions which they aren’t but it tasted delicious

    Rating: 5
  114. I just made this and wanted you to know how much we enjoyed it! I used two pouches of quick cooking brown rice and had most of a whole rotisserie chicken which I cut into cubes. In addition to the green onion I added a diced white onion. This made a very delicious dinner and I agree; much better than take–out!! Thanks for an easy, yummy recipe!

    Rating: 5
  115. So here’s what you need to do for this. Be generous adding some chili garlic sauce, and some soy sauce. Let it cook at med high undisturbed so it maybe gets crunchy on the bottom. Then put it in the bowl, and dump a scrambled raw egg in immediately.

  116. I made the chicken fried rice without the soy sauce; instead I used the chicken fried rice season package

    Rating: 5
  117. This recipe was absolutely delicious! It made a ton of food and i’m looking forward to having it at work the next few days. Thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  118. I made this recipe months ago. Family loved it and I’m making it tonight. Wouldn’t change a thing. It’s delicious!!

  119. Great recipe! Really is better than take-out! Made this tonight again. One of my hubby’s favorite recipes! Easy and delicious!

    1. Thanks for LMK that it’s one of your hubby’s faves and that you agree it really is better than takeout!

  120. Love this recipe and have experimented with it. It’s not as quick but I marinade chicken for a couple hours in soy sauce, bit of fish sauce and sesame oil, tbsn of grated ginger. I also add ginger along with the garlic in pan and unsalted cashews crushed up a bit. Yum!

  121. I don’t know if I messed this up but is it suppose to take like the restaurant version or more healthy? Also, my rice didn’t come out brown. Maybe more soy sauce?

    1. I think both – similar to a restaurant version AND healthier since it’s not drowning in oil. If your rice wasn’t brown then yes probably adding more soy sauce is necessary. All ingredients, etc. vary so always add to taste.

  122. I made this recipe today I was so very busy all day making cookies for Christmas this recipe was so easy and it truly was better than any chicken fried rice takeout. Thanks so much

    1. So glad this recipe came in handy after a long baking day and that you think it’s better than any takeout!

    1. There is a big NUTRITION INFORMATION bubble underneath the recipe area. Keep in mind, it’s a computer generated program, it’s an approximation, not an exact science.

  123. Another winner – thanks. I actually used pork because it was what I had defrosted. Followed everything else and it was wonderful . I was hoping for leftovers for lunch, but we ate it all ?

  124. Thanks for the recipe. It was my first time ever making fried rice. Had to improvise ran out if soy… so Worcestershire sauce it was.. also added some chili powder and peppers for a bit of spice. Came out pretty darn good if I do say say myself as well the girlfriend liked it. Thanks.

    1. On the top left corner of all photos, there is a red Pinterest button, just click that on the photo you wish to save.

  125. My sister and mom gave this recipe a nine out of ten! It was quite the hit!! The chicken part of the recipe was amazing–it tasted just like how it is in restaurant, but with high quality breast chicken! Yum yum!
    To make it a bit healthier than the restaurant version, I used reduced sodium soy sauce, organic unrefined sesame oil, and organic brown basmati rice.

    I also added green onion to the recipe, and in the future, I might add bean sprouts and mushrooms!

    Thanks a lot for the recipe!

  126. Can you use fresh carrots and dice them and still use frozen peas? And also is a 10 inch nonstick skillet fine for this fried rice?

    1. I simmered fresh, diced carrots for 3-5 minutes, al dente. Removed from heat, added the frozen peas (corn?) to thaw and partially cook them. Meanwhile, continued main dish. Drained peas and carrots. Added to main dish per recipe. Worked perfectly. Veggies were firm and not mushy. Note, I used leftover corn on the cob instead of frozen corn, yum!

  127. I tried this recipe today and it turned out amazing!! Even my mom loved it and she is not very easy to please! Instead of the frozen peas and carrots I used frozen mixed vegetables and I added a little bit of sriracha at the end because it adds that kick. All in all, the rice were delicious and didn’t take more than 30 minutes to make.

      1. I’m sure you could weave it into the recipe although I haven’t personally tried.

  128. I made this and it was good and pretty easy. I don’t like microwave rice and always make mine in a rice cooker. Unfortunately, I mis-read the recipe. I measured 4 cups of uncooked Jasmine rice, cooked it in the rice cooker, and added it all to the other ingredients. Since rice swells up when cooked, I had too much rice. It was still good, just too much rice in proportion to the other ingredients. Totally my own fault!

    1. It doesn’t have the same smoke point as canola or veg oil and I would use those if possible.

  129. Do I use both parts of the green onion? Top and bottom? I’m new to cooking and I’m not sure what to do.

  130. This was an awesome quick answer to take-out and way better. Cook/prep took me 1/2 hour. I added traditional mixed froze veggies (corn, string bean, peas, carrots) and used 1/2 brown rice 1/2 jasmine. Note – when I do this again (and I will!) I would microwave the pre-cooked rice in the pouch per instructions first and then put in wok. I also added some pickled ginger and mixed it in at the end. Delicious. (We may make a longer version and marinate the chicken first) But this was a great, quick dinner for three with a leftovers portion. Love it!

  131. Just made this tonight and it was delicious! The only thing I did different was to add a chopped onion to the pan with the chicken. The sesame oil was a great addition, and the frozen peas and carrots a great time saver. I think this cost about $5-$6 to make, so this was a wonderful, cheap, healthy meal that tasted better than takeout and fed all three of us easily. Thanks much!

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you! And yes, love it when you can make an inexpensive meal that tastes better than takeout and is healthier!

  132. Love this meal – the chicken looks so tender & the broccoli, vibrant and delicious – YUM! Wanted to pop by from #FoodieFriDIY and thank you for linking up & also let you know I’m featuring your lovely recipe on the link up this week!

  133. This meal is definatly better than a take out. I made this dish tonight,exactly as recommended.,and it was really tasty.There is enough to feed the 50o. excellent,this is something new I have learnt today.Thank you Averie.

  134. Fried rice is one of my go to meals…  it’s so easy and tastes amazing!  I love the addition of sesame oil, it adds so much flavor!

    1. This is that fried rice I was telling you about last week :) And yes, sesame oil is the bomb!

  135. I hardly ever make rice because Jordan won’t eat it…but I need to make an exception. I love rice, and this sounds fantastic!

    1. Isn’t it weird what kids will and won’t eat. Skylar really wasn’t the biggest rice fan either until a few years ago. She still loves pasta way more but she’s okay with rice. Whew.

  136. Chicken fried rice is always my favorite thing to get from a Chinese restaurant. Yours looks so, so, so much better. I can’t wait to try it! :)

  137. I’ve never gotten fried rice because I’ve never really liked rice.  But I’ve been super into cauliflower rice lately, so I may have to try something liek this.  Super easy!

  138. Homemade fried rice is soooo much better than takeout since you actually get to see the ingredients that go into it! I actually made some last night but didn’t think to use frozen peas and carrots. What a great idea! Will definitely try it next time!

  139. I think I’ve made fried rice about 2 times in the past decade but this inspires me! I like the addition of sesame oil and scallions in yours. And yes, those little bits of egg are the best! I’m putting this on my radar for later in the week because it looks like a big batch. I do the majority of my cooking on the weekend and really count on leftovers to get through the next week.

    1. I love to batch cook too, Paula. Recipes like this that I can use as a hearty side or easy lunch are my favorite kinds. Seeing containers in my fridge all packaged up and ready to go for the week makes me excited :)

    2. This really came together quickly last night and I have leftovers in the fridge and freezer. I like this kind of full meal in a skillet recipe (I added some broccoli also). The sesame oil and scallions were as yummy as I thought and I know this is healthier than take out!

      1. Love that you added broccoli to this (my favorite!) and glad it was yummy and agreed, healthier than takeout!

      2. This was a big hit in my house! I’m thinking of trying it with ground chicken next time. I saw you put some in the freezer. How was it once it was thawed and reheated? I’m currently 5 and a half months pregnant and looking to batch cook and freeze some healthier options that I know my 4 year old will also eat once baby comes.

      3. It’s fine after you thaw/reheat. Glad you enjoyed it and will try it again!

  140. It looks way better than takeout! :) I love a quick go-to for a weeknight dinner and rice is always a win and such a filling dish. I’m all over this recipe for sure! Thanks girl!

      1. You can cook! I love you ideas. I add a bit of rice vineger to my fired rice. I think it wakes up the flavors of the dish. Do you think this is a mistake? I miss the coast and enjoy your cooking inspirations. Plus rocking pineapple shirt where can I get one for my wife?

      2. Tshirt from Nordstroms a year or so ago. Thanks for the compliments on my cooking. I love adding vinegar to just about anything I can. It definitely wakes up the flavors and brightens things up. If you enjoy the flavor, go for it!