Takeout Style Chicken Fried Rice (Video)

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 7 reviews

Asian food recipes Chicken Main Dishes One Pan Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Chicken Fried Rice is a hearty and savory dinner option for the whole family! Follow this recipe for a homemade version of your favorite Chinese takeout!

This dish is so good that I intentionally cook more rice than what we intend to consume so that I will have some leftovers for this dish. It pairs well with anything! Eat it along with our favorite dishes like Sweet and Sour Shrimp, Instant Pot Mongolian Beef, and Hunan Beef!

Easy Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

Chicken Fried Rice is a great way to cook leftover rice. You get to elevate the plain side dish into something more hearty, complete with protein and veggies, and more savory. It looks so festive and appetizing!

It is a complete meal on its own, but I like to pair it with my other dishes especially those that are fried or grilled.

I like how this could be versatile with the protein and all. In this dish, the healthier option, white meat is included. But if you want ham or bacon, then, you use that for an equally tasty dish.

Even kids love it! And I find it an effective way to introduce the veggies because they taste so good in this dish that the kids are no longer bothered by them.

The best part is that this is so easy to make! It will take you less than 30 minutes for this!

How to make Chicken Fried Rice

  1. Brown the meat: Add some oil to a skillet, then, add in the bits of white meat. Cook the meat for a few minutes until golden brown. Remove the pieces of meat while retaining the oil in the skillet.
  2. Sauté: Add the sesame oil and sauté the garlic. Add in the veggies and cook until they soften.
  3. Cook the egg: Once cooked, gather the veggies on one side, and add the uncooked eggs to the other. Scramble the eggs.
  4. Combine: Add the rest of the ingredients as well as the meat that was prepared earlier. Cook for a couple more minutes until everything is warm.

What type of rice is best to use for Chicken Fried Rice?

You may use brown or white rice, but any medium to long-grain white rice will work. Short-grain ones tend to be stickier. For this dish, we want something that is not mushy and not clumped together.

So, if you are planning to have some leftovers for stir-frying the next day, limit the amount of water and make sure to thoroughly wash off excess starch at the start.

The Basmati variant is a perfect candidate, though you can also use Jasmine. But the real trick here is to chill the cooked rice so that it dries out at least a day before being used.

What oil is best for Chicken Fried Rice?

Sesame oil adds flavor to this dish, but it has a low smoke point, so you need to add a compliment. Any vegetable oil that has a high smoke point, like canola or peanut oil, will be a good addition.

How to Store:

You can either put this in the fridge or in the freezer. Make sure though that it has cooled completely before storing and do so within 2 hours of being exposed.

  • Refrigerate: Keep it in an airtight container and refrigerate for 5 days.
  • Freeze: Put this in freeze-proof containers. Reheat and consume within 4 months.

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Recipe Tips:

  • This dish pairs well with egg rolls, dumplings, and spring rolls. Roasted veggies and meat entrees also go well with this.
  • You may also cook thighs as they are more flavorful. You can even use rotisserie or any leftover meat for this.
  • If what you only have is freshly cooked grains, then, what you can do is to spread them out on a baking sheet and allow them to dry out. After a while, they will be ready for stir-frying.

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5 from 7 reviews

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice is a hearty and savory dinner option for the whole family! Follow this recipe for a homemade version of your favorite Chinese takeout!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 20 mins



Nutrition information

1 Calories: 406 Carbohydrates: 43 Protein: 25 Fat: 14 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 130 Sodium: 479 Potassium: 542 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 569 Vitamin C: 19 Calcium: 47 Iron: 2
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Brianne Tursi Manz

Our family loves fried rice. This will be a hit with them. A great recipe for a relaxed night at home.


Bonnie G

I love fried rice! This looks like it tastes really good! I can't wait to try your recipe.


Amber Myers

We love our fried rice! I'll have to make this for dinner. It's always a winner when I do.


Amber Nelson

This is one of my favorite foods! Chicken fried rice is so amazing! I will try this recipe.


Sarah Bailey

Ok now this sounds like it would be absolutely delicious - I love the fact you do take out style yourself at home!



One of my favorite recipes from my childhood is Chicken Fried Rice. My mom made the best fried rice. Much like your recipe. What memories that brought back and now I want fried rice.


Terri Steffes

I am thinking my daughter would like this recipe. She's learning to cook and this is one of her favorite meals. I can see her making this herself.



That recipe looks really tasty! I'm just wondering if one doesn't eat chicken can you put something else instead?


You can use tofu, or fish, such as shrimp. Also, feel free to make it vegetarian, and use only veggies, such as broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, etc.


Cathy Mini

This is really a perfect breakfast for kids that for sure they will love it.



My family loves chicken fried rice. I'm glad I saw this recipe. Now I can make it myself. They're going to love it!



My kids really like fried rice, we'll have to make this recipe soon.



This take out style chicken fried rice looks yum. Who can resist this. I can eat everyday. Since it is homemade it is more flavorful than any takeout.



That looks so good! My mom used to serve me some fried rice every morning for breakfast :)


Amy H

I love going out and getting Fried Rice! I didn't even think to make it at home - we just typically have white rice.



Absolutely loved this. Especially now that we can't get take out at our favorite take out place . We were able to bring a great dish to the table that we all loved. Thank you for sharing.


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