Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice


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 10 reviews

Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice
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Serves: 8

Amazing chicken fried rice that is better than take out!
  • 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)

  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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  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?

    • says

      It looks like the * for the rice is referring to using rice that has been prepared a day ahead. That bit of info was found one another one of her recipes.

  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!

  10. says

    Just wanted to share that we have made this several times now and our whole family of six just loves it. My four girls always participate with prep work so it’s become a very fun family meal. Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. Kim says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was great! My husband loved it as well and said it should go in to our dinner rotation for sure. Thanks for the great and easy recipe!

  12. says

    I tried this last night. Very easy and delicious. I used brown rice, which took a little longer to cook, but it was worth the wait. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Judee says

    Wow, I made this fried rice tonight but without the chicken and it was delicious!! My daughter who never says anything is good actually said how good it was. It was very easy to make can’t wait to make again.

  14. MThriller says

    Been dying to try my own fried rice.Ok i used this recipe, i cheated as i didnt have time to cook the chicken as i was starving …ookay i bought those already roasted full chicken from stop n shop ..BJs carries them as well. Pain point is you have to tear the meat off the chicken frame.
    But all in all easy recipe yummy , and i have some food for work and rest of week.

  15. says

    I just fell in love with this recipe, just by looking at it!!! Thank you for sharing:) I will try to make it soon at my home with help of my mom and sis. Five stars!!!

  16. says

    Oh, Alyssa!!! I have a feeling that i have two kids who would clean their plates if I put this in front of them!!! I am going to try it in my rice cooker.

  17. Tiffany says

    Just made this with the teriyaki chicken( I did not add any additional soy sauce I just used the sauce from the crock pot) and it was delicious!! I will be trying more recipes from this site.

  18. Angie says

    This is my first recipe from this website and my husband was floored at how good it tasted – much better than takeout! I can’t wait to try more of Alyssa’s recipes.

  19. Ryan says


    Your time for this recipe seems a bit off. If the name of the dish is “chicken fried rice” then the recipe should include the time to make the chicken, right? I notice your suggested method for cooking chicken takes 4-5 hrs in a slow cooker.. so, that is a bit more than the 40 minutes listed on the recipe.


    • Bryant says

      If you excluded the slow cooker method of cooking the rice it really is 40min or less. I used my WOK to cook the chicken pieces but you could even use a cast iron grill on your stovetop or even your outdoor grill (weather permitting). My assumption is that the author used a slow cooker to save time by putting on the chicken before work or while running errands. This makes it easy to just throw the rest together for a quick dinner.

  20. Mariely says

    Thank you so very much for posting this fabulous recipe!!!!!! Everyone in my family loved it. It truly is way better than takeout even my kids said so :)

  21. Dianca says

    made this last night it turned out great. I baked the chicken with garlic and teriyaki sauce, then shredded it. I doubled it and it was barely enough! will definitely make it again.

  22. Kenny says

    My secret ingredient. On top of the soy sauce, take a pinch or two of chinese 5 spice and put it into the fried rice about the same time you mix in soy sauce.

    It is a small extra that makes a huge difference in the end.

  23. aleksandra says

    wow this looks so good. I WILL MAKE THIS FOR SUPPER TONIGHT!!!

    i’m excited. i’ve always bought fried rice. today i will try to make it on my own.

  24. Ruby Ohnstad says

    I had left over chicken I used it. The fried rice was dry and didn’t hsve much flavor. What could I use for more flavor?

  25. Karen says

    This is a great recipe. It is on the “keep” list for my family. My son wants it on the lunch box rotation :)
    I used leftover rotisserie chicken that I had in fridge. It worked well and used up leftovers :)
    I’m sure if I make the chicken specifically for fried rice, it will even be better.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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