This Easy Chicken Fried Rice recipe is going to rock your world. The basmati rice with chicken and veggies is a combination you will make over and over! Once you try this fried rice, you’ll never want to get takeout from a restaurant again.
Chicken fried rice recipe
I tried this recipe at a Women’s Retreat I went to a few months ago. One of my best friends, Luda, made this and I was HOOKED! I’ve made it so many time since then. She had her chicken marinated, it was so juicy and flavorful. I cannot wait for you to try this recipe as well. #PrepareToBeAmazed
What protein can I use?
Either chicken breast or chicken thighs are my favorite meats to use for fried rice. However, I’ve used shrimp, beef and pork in place of the chicken. Cooking time will slightly vary depending on the choice of protein.
Fried rice recipe
I love ordering fried rice at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant. For some reason, I’ve never made it at home. After trying this recipe, I don’t care for restaurant fried rice anymore. Homemade is better and much cheaper. The secret to the best-fried rice recipe is basmati rice and sesame oil. Sesame oil gives the fried rice this unique and unexpected flavor. There! Secret’s out.
Once I tried basmati rice when making fried rice, my love for fried rice grew to a whole new level. I never expected the texture of the rice can change the outcome results so much. Introducing your new favorite fried rice recipe! #You’reWelcome
What is basmati rice?
There are many classifications for rice. Basmati rice is a thin long grain white rice. It is typically grown in India. However, the taste is just incomparable and so different than our American long-grain white rice. Like our rice, it doesn’t stick and performs wonderfully in fried rice recipes. You want to purchase good quality basmati rice. The package I get comes in cloth packaging.
Basmati rice has a fluffy, light and delicate taste and a unique aroma.
Can I use regular white rice?
Yes, you definitely can substitute for regular white long-grain rice if you cannot find basmati rice.
Easy chicken fried rice recipe
What I love most about this recipe is how quick it is to make it. By the time the rice bakes, you can saute the chicken, vegetables and prepare the sauce. Then just combine everything and dinner is ready.
This is a great recipe to prep in the morning if you like to prep food. Cook the rice, saute the chicken, vegetable and prepare rice. Then, when you’re ready to make dinner, mix everything and fry. So quick and easy.
How to make fried rice?
- Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
- For best results when making fried rice, use rice that’s a day old. However, when pinched for time, I’ve let my rice cool completely and it worked just fine.
- If you’ll be making the rice the day before, you can also cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and marinade them. Lightly season the chicken with salt and pepper, add 1 tsp mayo + 1/2 tsp olive oil. Combine, cover and refrigerate.
- Either grate carrots or use a julienne slicer. Chop the onion finely. Mince garlic.
- Combine ingredients for the sauce.
- Saute chicken, vegetables and fry the egg. Add the sauce, cooked rice and dinner is ready!! #Winner
Can I substitute the vegetables?
Yes, you can substitute for your favorite vegetables. Sautéed mushrooms, corn, sweet peas, red peppers, green beans, broccoli or cauliflower are all great additions or substitutions.
Try these other rice recipes:
- Uzbek Plov– Uzbekistan inspired baked rice pilaf.
- Oven Baked Rice with Vegetables– The easiest rice you can make. Best of all – it’s baked!
- Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole– Cremy and delicious rice casserole.
This Easy Chicken Fried Rice recipe is going to rock your world. The basmati rice accompanied with chicken and veggies is a combination you will make over and over!
- 1 ½ cup basmati rice, uncooked
- 3 cups water
- 1 lb chicken
- 2 carrots
- 2 eggs
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp oil
- 2 Tbsp butter
- green onion, to taste
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 3 Tbsp water
In a casserole dish combine the rice and 3 cups water. Cook at 400F for 25-30 minutes (rice is ready when fluffy). Fluff rice, set aside to cool.
In a skillet with 1 tsp oil cook the chicken until golden and fully cooked. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
Remove the chicken from pan. Add 1 Tbsp butter with the carrots. Sauté over medium heat until fully cooked. Remove carrots (add to chicken).
Add 1 Tbsp butter and scramble the eggs, stirring as needed.
Add the chicken and carrots back to the skillet with garlic, stir to incorporate.
Add rice and stir.
In a small bowl, combine ingredients for the sauce. Pour sauce into skillet. Add green onion. Fry another 2-3 minutes, stirring as needed.
Note: You can add additional soy sauce if desired.