Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

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This chicken fried rice has moist and tender chicken with flavorful peas and carrots and long rice cooked together. Make this unique and your own with this favorite Chinese rice!

So many varieties of fried rice can be made. These better than takeout fried rice recipes are a collage of all my favorites!

Chicken fried rice in a skillet.

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.

Get Ready to Make Some Rice:

  • Vegetable Oil: This helps with cooking the chicken and adding flavoring at the same time.
  • Soy Sauce: Chinese favorite sauce that is authentic and brings rich flavoring.
  • Chicken: Cut into small pieces and add into the skillet or wok.
  • Cooked Rice: It is best to have already cooked rice that has been cooled in a refrigerator.
  • Sesame OilBrings in a subtle and rich flavoring.
  • Onion: Small white onion chopped up.
  • Peas and Carrots: Frozen vegetables work best then leave them overnight to be thawed.
  • Soy Sauce: More of this delicious sauce! 
  • Eggs: Lightly beaten and added in the wok.
  • Green Onions: Chopped and sprinkle in for added texture, color and flavoring!

Cooking Fried Rice:

  1. Cook in a skillet: In a large skillet or wok, add vegetable oil and soy sauce. Add in the chicken and cook until lightly brown and cooked throughout. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add oil and vegetables: Pour sesame oil in the bottom. Add white onion and peas and carrots and fry until tender.
  3. Pour egg mixture: 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. Stir in remaining ingredients: 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.

The Recipe Critic Pro Tip:

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.

The process of making chicken in a wok. First cooking the chicken, then cook peas and carrots next add eggs and rice then mix together.

Tips for Making the Best Fried Rice:

Enjoy making the this fried rice using these tips to help accomplish the authentic Chinese taste. It is simple to make and comes together quickly and easily. Once you make it you will be making it over and over again!

  • Cold Rice: To make the best rice you have to plan a little bit ahead of time. Chilled cooked rice is the best way to use up left over rice as well as fried rice. Rice that is cooked and still warm does not cook well when making fried rice. It tends to turn out mushy and very sticky.
  • Make Cold Rice: If you are on a time crunch and craving fried rice simply place the warm rice on a sheet pan and stick it in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes or until cold. For an even quicker remedy, place the rice in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes long. Just enough for it to chill but not be frozen.
  • High Heat: It is best to cook on high heat to help fry and brown the rice and veggies throughly. Try not to have the rice steam in the pan or stick together too much. Stir frequently.
  • Soy Sauce: Add in extra soy sauce towards the end as you are trying the fried rice as you are cooking it. A light soy sauce is what I prefer for flavor.
Chicken fried rice in a skillet with a spoon scooping up some to show a zoom in.

Variations:

Try new things and mix it up with all these new and fun variations when making the best fried rice recipe. The best part is using up the leftover rice. Find more left overs that can be added into this chicken fried rice recipe to make it easier. Mix and match ingredients and create more delicious flavors of rice.

  • Protein: Mix up your protein with ham, shrimp, bacon or enjoy it with vegetables.
  • Oil: Instead of adding in all the oils, butter is just as great! Add in butter to create a rich, flavorful taste.
  • Rice: It is best to have cold or chilled rice for this recipe. Quinoa or long grain rice are great ways to enjoy a variety.
  • Vegetables: Create a combination of a few to several of your favorite vegetables to enhance this recipe. Broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas or water chestnuts are great vegetables to add in.
Chicken fried rice in a bowl.

More better than take out recipes!

Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

4.81 from 21 votes
Amazing chicken fried rice that is better than take out! This chicken fried rice has moist and tender chicken with flavorful peas and carrots and long rice cooked together. Make this unique and your own with this favorite Chinese rice!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 pound chicken cut into small pieces
  • 3 cups cooked rice *
  • 2 Tablespoons 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 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped green onions optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet or wok, add vegetable oil and soy sauce. Add in the chicken and cook until lightly brown and cooked throughout. Remove and set aside.
  • Pour sesame oil in the bottom. Add white onion and peas and carrots and fry until tender.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Notes

Updated on April 10, 2020
Originally Posted on March 21, 2014

Nutrition

Serves: 8

Calories200kcal (10%)Carbohydrates20g (7%)Protein9g (18%)Fat9g (14%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Cholesterol61mg (20%)Sodium301mg (13%)Potassium151mg (4%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A1774IU (35%)Vitamin C4mg (5%)Calcium23mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American
Keyword chicken fried rice, fried rice, fried rice recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have made this several times and it is always good. I also add chinese 5 spice, 1/4-1/2 tsp as it is very strong. I am going to cook everything in peanut oil next time just to see how it changes the flavour up and then sprinkle some sesame oil with chilli when plated up….

  2. 4 stars
    My family really enjoyed this recipe. I made it almost exactly as written, except I missed the part about how to cook the chicken and therefore had already cooked it in butter and olive oil. All in all, this turned out exactly like something I would buy in a restaurant, only much cheaper. Next time I plan to try using shrimp. I will definitely be making again.

    1. 5 stars
      Just made it- soooo good. Quick and easy. Loved the marinade for the chicken. I used canned carrot/peas and it turned out fine

  3. 4 stars
    When I make chicken fried rice I normally make it the Thai style. Little kick with some basil. This recipe is a little more relaxed when I’m not feeling the need for the Thai Hot version. I appreciate the recipe.

  4. This was insanely good!! My hubby and very picky 13 yo loved it, I gave the recipe to my mom and she and my dad loved it too. DEFINITELY a keeper!

  5. We love this recipe at our house! Quick and easy! We usually use leftover ham for the protein but chicken and shrimp are also fabulous with this rice!

  6. 4 stars
    Tip for the egg instead of scrambling. Make 1 or 2 omelettes separately, roll them up like a crepe, and then slice them crossways into 1cm strips. Chinese pork and bean sprouts are also a nice addition.

  7. 5 stars
    Music to a momma’s ears “Mmmmmm”. Great recipe missing a few of the ingredients but I’m sure when I make it again with all of the ingredients it will be even more tasty! Thanks for the recipe.

  8. 5 stars
    Yup. You’re right. This was much better than takeout. Even better, it was easy to make, so this recipe is now a keeper.

    Thanks for the tip about cooling the rice. It made a big difference in the texture of the dish.

  9. 5 stars
    I doubled the ingredients for a bigger batch. I had sprinkled some ground ginger, used 3 tbsp butter and some extra soy. It was wonderful!

  10. Three cups cooked rice…does that mean three cups of rice after it’s been cooked or do I cook three cups of rice?

  11. 5 stars
    My family really likes this recipe. Sometimes I substitute cauliflower rice too. Either way, delicious!

  12. 4 stars
    Really yummy recipe. A little odd it doesn’t guide you on the stove top temperature, but otherwise a great meal for when you don’t feel like cooking!

  13. 5 stars
    This was absolutely amazing. I had no sesame oil so I ground some seeds and added it to olive oil added some garlic and only used half the soy sauce. I think it’s better than take out and healthier ☺️

  14. 5 stars
    This recipe lived up to its name. It was way better than take out and super easy to make. I used shrimp instead of chicken. My whole family enjoyed. Thank you for a delicious and EASY recipe.

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