Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

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I mean really.  Who doesn’t like fried rice?  Ok maybe my six year old doesn’t because of the veggies inside, but I am pretty sure he is the only one out there.  :) For my birthday dinner with my family I chose to go to our favorite little chinese restaurant.  And it was the bomb.  But their fried rice was excellent.   But I kept thinking, I can make this just as good at home and I have been craving it ever since!

Since I learned a few awesome tricks on how to get the perfect fried rice in my recipe here, I wanted to make a big old batch for myself for lunch.  The baby was craving it that day.  But I thought, why don’t I add in some protein and make a meal out of it.  You guys.   The chicken gave it such amazing flavor!  I really couldn’t believe how good it turned out.  I promise that you can stay at home and have this better than take out chicken fried rice.  You will really be impressed with yourself. :)

5.0 from 3 reviews

Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice
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Serves: 8
 

Amazing chicken fried rice that is better than take out!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound chicken, about 2-3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 3 cups cooked rice *
  • 2 Tbs sesame oil
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2-3 Tablespoons soy sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onions (optional)

Instructions
  1. Cook and shred the chicken. I highly recommend cooking it in a slow cooker in this teryiaki sauce. (see notes below)
  2. Preheat a large skillet or wok to medium heat. Pour sesame oil in the bottom. Add white onion and peas and carrots and fry until tender.
  3. Slide the onion, peas and carrots to the side, and pour the beaten eggs onto the other side. Using a spatula, scramble the eggs. Once cooked, mix the eggs with the vegetable mix.
  4. Add the rice and chicken to the veggie and egg mixture. Pour the soy sauce on top. Stir and fry the rice and veggie mixture until heated through and combined. Add chopped green onions if desired.

* I cooked my chicken in this teriyaki sauce recipe here.  It added amazing flavor to the chicken and it just shredded apart.  Other wise, you can boil your chicken, or even cook it in a medium skillet until no longer pink.

I adapted this recipe from my fried rice recipe here

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Alyssa

Comments

  1. Jennifer says

    Ok so I am looking at this recipe and fully intend to make it this week (it’s already on the menu) but I have 1 question. A * was put next to the rice but it was a comment about cooking the chicken in the teriyaki sauce. Once the chicken is cooked am I supposed to use that same sauce and toss it with the chicken, rice and other veg/egg? Or do I only use the additional soy sauce listed?

  2. James Whittler says

    I love fried rice. Usually I get take out house combination fried rice. However, I”m definitely going to be making this delicious looking dish for me and my partner. We both love chicken in most dishes. I’m truly excited to try this recipe.

  3. Melissa says

    I made this tonight and it was so delicious! My husband loves it when I make chicken fried rice and previously I was using a seasoning packet and adding fresh veggies and meat. I am sure that had a ton of sodium! I found your recipe and decided to give it a whirl. I used a shallot instead of a white onion and absolutely added some green onion! I didn’t do the chicken teriyaki style, but I did season it and cook it up in some additional sesame oil. My husband and I thank you for the great recipe and I look forward to trying your other creations!

  4. shannon says

    Looks great, pinning it now. I clicked your firecracker chicken but it goes to sweet and sour is it the same thing?

  5. Rick says

    Just made this!! It was AWESOME!!! I’m not big on peas and carrots so I left them out – I think I’ll try some frozen corn next time. Very easy to make, and didn’t take long either. The hardest part was getting the chicken to small enough pieces, lol. Thanks for this one, it is gonna be my “Go To” fried rice recipe from now on!!!

  6. Stacy says

    This sounds yummy! I’ll definitely be trying it. I make fried rice often and found a great way to really make it flavorful. I use chicken broth instead of water to boil the rice in and I make and refrigerate the rice at least 3-4 hours before I use it for fried. It turns out delicious!!

  7. Eileen Garrido-Philp says

    I totally loved your recipe, it was simple and easy to make. I find myself making chicken fried rice all the time just because I love it so much! However, I like to experiment and try new things so I decided to replace the rice with quinoa. I have eaten quinoa many times but I didn’t think it was going to work with this dish but it did and I wanted to share my discovery. Quinoa has many health benefits and is called the “super-food or super-grain.” It’s high in protein and fiber more so than other grains. It has lots of iron and its gluten free! It’s full of vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients than other grains. Quinoa can be found anywhere–from any supermarket to a health food store–and its reasonably priced. It has a soft texture and most importantly it tastes delicious!

  8. Meghna says

    Hi Alyssa….mmm the presentation of this fried looks sooo tempting…can’t wait to make it soon….

  9. Micki says

    Just made this and it was great. My only change was I dragged the chicken in flour, salt and pepper, and pan fried. completed dish was great. Chicken was a little crunchy. Yum!

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