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Easiest Fried Rice


I love great Chinese takeout, and fried rice is always a must get! This dish is my homemade version with all of the flavors you would expect from a fried rice dish. Chicken Fried Rice is so easy to make at home, so ditch the takeout this week and give this homemade version a try – you’ll love it!

You can use any leftover protein (beef, chicken, pork, shrimp) with this recipe. I love using leftover rotisserie chicken or smoked pulled pork.

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Leftover Chicken Fried Rice

  • Author: spinman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Chinese


Fried Rice is a quick and simple dinner you can make any night of the week. This stir fry dish is ready in just 30 minutes.


  • 2 Cups cooked white rice (Jasmine or Basmati)
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon canola or vegetable oil divided
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast (if you have leftover chicken, beef or pork you can use it)
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 medium carrot peeled & diced (optional)
  • 3 scallions thinly sliced diagonally
  • 2 medium cloves garlic minced
  • 3 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen baby peas (optional)
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten


  1. Cook the rice according to package directions – after cooking, pour it on a plate and set aside to cool completely. Once the rice has cooled completely, break it up with your hands into individual grains.
  2. Heat 1-tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet (or wok), over high heat, until smoking. Add the rice, cook and stir 3-4 minutes or until the rice just begins to turn a little darker. Transfer the rice to a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Turn heat to medium, heat 1-tablespoon of oil and place the chicken breast in the skillet. Cook 3 minutes on each side. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board, cut into very thin slices and then cut the slices into thirds. (If your using leftover meat, simply warm it up and move the step 4)
  4. Heat 1-tablespoon oil in the skillet and add the diced onion, carrot, scallions and garlic. Cook, stirring continuously, 2-3 minutes or until carrots are just lightly tender and onions are translucent.
  5. Add the rice and peas and stir to combine.
  6. Add the cooked chicken, soy sauce, sesame oil stir and cook another 2 minutes.
  7. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Push the chicken rice mixture to the sides of the skillet and add 1-teaspoon oil to the middle of the skillet.
  9. Add the lightly beaten eggs and season with salt & pepper. Scramble the eggs and stir to combine with the chicken/rice mixture.
  10. Cook, stirring continuously, 3-4 minutes, to give time for the flavors to meld.
  11. Serve immediately and…
  12. Enjoy!

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