Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice– A famous Chinese cuisine that is best for happy occasions; the umami and nuanced flavor feel filling and more appetizing. You can whip up this treat with common Asian ingredients that are easily available in your pantry. 

chicken fried rice

If you’re feeling exhausted from trying various spicy rice like Biryani or Pilaf, try this Chicken Fried Rice recipe that you can make in under 30 minutes. 

I’m Asian, and I live in Pakistan, where people remain hungry for spicy recipes. However, this Chinese rice cuisine is the only rice recipe that has been liked by every individual in our family. Because of the nuanced and salty taste, it feel appetizing, hearty and filling. 

So, if you’re feeling ravenous for rice recipes, this chicken fried rice is only a dump-and-go recipe that can quench your hunger. 

fried rice

Why This Chicken Fried Rice Recipe Will Win Your Heart?

  • A Delicious Treat: Without any spices, you can elevate the taste of this Chicken Fried Rice and earn complainants from your guests. The fluffy rice, organic taste of capsicum, and aroma of soy sauce make this recipe more appetizing. 
  • Easy To Make: Unlike other pilaf recipes, this recipe requires fewer ingredients. Plus, it’s a time-saving recipe and easily comes out. So, if guests drop by during lunch or dinner, you can instantly whip up and serve this Chinese rice recipe.
  • Nutritious: Without a doubt, this fried rice recipe is more nutritious than any other pilaf recipe. No spices mean it’s best for the elderly; even kids love it and lick their plates after eating this rice. The chicken gives high protein, and rice is a great source for getting high-quality carbs.


ingredients of chicken fried rice

Rice: Basmati rice works best for the recipe, and If you’re living in Asia, you must be aware of it. Alternatively, any long, white, and aromatic rice is suitable. 

Chicken: Shredded chicken looks great on the final dish of fried rice. However, If you’re running short on time, go with the small chunks of chicken. Keep in mind that only boneless chicken is ideal for this recipe.

Vegetables: Typically, we use carrots, cabbage, green onions, and capsicum in chicken fried rice. You can swap the veggies according to your preference. I’ve seen people using mushrooms and broccoli in this Chinese rice, so you have the freedom to choose the vegetables.

Garlic: Garlic is super essential to build an aromatic and robust taste. I’m using a paste of garlic; you can either get help from a mortar & pestle or use a food processor for the paste. 

Sugar: To have a sweet taste and complement the savory taste, I’m using a dash of sugar. 

Sauces & Spices: The thing that I like the most about this recipe is the simplicity of the ingredients. When it comes to spices, you just need black pepper, vinegar, soy sauce and salt.

Let’s Make The Chicken Fried Rice

  1. Boil The Rice:Start by boiling the rice in a separate skillet or wok. Add 2 glasses of water and one tablespoon salt for a taste. It took me around 20 minutes to cook basmati rice. In your case, the time may vary depending on the type of rice, flame intensity, and other factors. However, to achieve the desired fluffiness in the rice, avoid overcooking.
boil the rice
  1. Fry The Chicken:In another non-stick pan, heat the oil, and gently sauté the garlic paste until lightly golden. Now add the chicken along with a pinch of salt for taste. Fry it for 2 minutes. 
saute the garlic paste
fry the chicken
  1. Add Carrots: Carrots are typically hard and take longer to cook. That’s why I’m first frying them with chicken. Add thinly sliced carrots and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on a medium flame. 
adding carrots
  1. Include Other Veggies: Toss all the other vegetables, including cabbage and capsicum, and sauté them for a minute. 
adding all veggies
  1. Add Sauces: Now add the soy sauce and vinegar. Then, toss the black pepper, salt and sugar, and fry for 2 minutes on a medium flame.  
adding soy sauce
adding sugar
  1. Beat The Egg: Whisk the egg in a mixing bowl with salt and black pepper, and fry the egg in a separate pan. You can also toss the scrambled egg over the veggies table to save pot. However, I fry the egg in a separate pan and break it into pieces with a fork. Now blend this cooked egg with vegetables.
whisk the egg
  1. Add The Rice: Finally, add the rice and gently mix it with the vegetable medley. Garnish with green onions and serve it.  

Nabeela Pro Tips

  • Use Peas & Cauliflower: If you want more healthy chicken fried rice, just throw the peas and cauliflower straight from your refrigerator. 
  • Ginger & Garlic: I heavily relied on garlic and ginger for most of my Asian recipes. You must use garlic and ginger to infuse aromatic essence into the rice. You can’t just make the entire flavor from soy sauce; that’s why I also used garlic paste for an extra savory touch. 
  • Stirring Is The Key: For this recipe, you need a lot of gentle stirring. So don’t run away from your kitchen, and keep standing with your stove and stir the chicken and vegetables.
  • Must Use Capsicums: if you want a slightly different taste, use the capsicum. This will infuse a mildly sweet flavor, improve the texture, and make your rice more savory.
chicken fried rice recipe


Fried rice is freezer-friendly, and you can store this recipe for at least 3 days in your refrigerator. When reheating, transfer to the oven or reheat over the stovetop. Make sure it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure it’s safe to eat.

Yes, you can use meat instead of chicken. However, it takes longer to depose the meat. So before adding meat to the skillet, first boil it in a pressure cooker. Further, you can also use shrimp or ham instead of chicken.

Yes, leftover rice works perfectly well for a chicken fried rice recipe. Leftover rice is usually dry and easily makes a fluffy texture, which is a prime trait of the recipe. 

After boiling the rice, make sure to drain out all the moisture. Or you can refrigerate rice to make them dry and fluffy. Also, be sure to use the right amount of sauce to avoid extra moisture. Never cover the lid and let the moisture evaporate to prevent a soggy texture. 

How To Serve Fried Chicken Rice?

Fried chicken rice is a substantial meal, so I prefer to serve it alone. But if you want to go out of the way and make your table more special, go with some salads like cucumber salad or chickpea peas salad. 

Last time, I decided to use some minced mixed pickles with this Chinese dish, and it made my bites much more savory.

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chicken fried rice

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice– A famous Chinese cuisine that is best for happy occasions; the umami and nuanced flavor feel filling and more appetizing. You can whip up this treat with common Asian ingredients that are easily available in your pantry. 
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine asian
Servings 4


  • 500 g Basmati Rice
  • 400 g Chicken
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Bowl cabbage
  • 1/2 Bowl green onion
  • 1/2 Bowl bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce 
  • 1/2 tbsp White vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Black pepper
  • Salt (Adjustable)
  • 1 tbsp Sugar


  • Start by boiling rice in a separate skillet or wok with 2 glasses of water and a tablespoon of salt for flavor. To ensure fluffy rice, avoid overcooking.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan; sauté garlic paste until lightly golden. Add chicken with a pinch of salt, and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the carrots and fry them with chicken for 3 to 4 minutes on a medium heat.
  • Add remaining vegetables like cabbage and capsicum, and sauté for a minute.
  • Add soy sauce and white vinegar, then toss in black pepper, salt, and sugar. Fry for 2 minutes over medium heat.
  • Whisk eggs with salt and black pepper in a mixing bowl, then fry in a separate pan. Now, blend the cooked egg with the vegetables. 
  • Lastly, add the rice and gently mix it with the vegetable mixture. Garnish with green onions and serve.
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