Easy Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

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.

Easy chicken fried rice in a bowl.

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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.

Simple chicken fried rice recipe with rice, chicken, eggs, carrots, and green onions.

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.

Fried rice recipe in a bowl with green onion.

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.

Step by step photo for fried recipe.

Try these other rice recipes:

Chicken with fried rice in a dish.

5 from 6 votes
Easy Chicken Fried Rice
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins

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! 

Servings: 6 people
Calories: 424 kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner
  • 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
  1. 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.

  2. In a skillet with 1 tsp oil cook the chicken until golden and fully cooked. Lightly season with salt and pepper.

  3. Remove the chicken from pan. Add 1 Tbsp butter with the carrots. Sauté over medium heat until fully cooked. Remove carrots (add to chicken).

  4. Add 1 Tbsp butter and scramble the eggs, stirring as needed.

  5. Add the chicken and carrots back to the skillet with garlic, stir to incorporate.

  6. Add rice and stir.

  7. In a small bowl, combine ingredients for the sauce. Pour sauce into skillet. Add green onion. Fry another 2-3 minutes, stirring as needed. 

Recipe Notes

Note: You can add additional soy sauce if desired. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Chicken Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 850mg 35%
Potassium 314mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 74%
Vitamin C 3.5%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 9.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Show 20 Comments
  • Tina 01/01/2019, 9:51 pm

    Tried this over the weekend! By far the best fried rice I’ve had. I never had it with basmati rice and it was perfect. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Valentina's Corner 01/01/2019, 10:27 pm

      That’s awesome, Tina! Thanks so much for sharing. I must agree. The secret to the best chicken fried rice is the basmati rice, SOO good!

  • Jennifer 12/19/2018, 10:48 pm

    I made this rice for my family tonight and they all loved it! So good!!

    • Valentina's Corner 12/20/2018, 11:53 am

      So glad your family enjoyed the recipe, Jennifer! I love easy dinners like this fried rice with chicken. Not only is it filling but so good. 🙂

  • Jennifer 12/19/2018, 10:47 pm

    I made this rice for dinner tonight and my family loved it! SOOO AMAZING!!!

    • Valentina's Corner 12/19/2018, 11:05 pm

      The best kinds of recipes are those the whole family approves of. 🙂 So glad your whole family loved this fried rice recipe. Makes me so happy.

  • Toria 12/19/2018, 8:06 am

    This rice is such a great recipe! Love it:)

    • Valentina's Corner 12/19/2018, 10:02 am

      I love how easy it is to prepare the fried rice. With the chicken you have yourself a whole meal. 🙂

  • Joanne whittaker 08/28/2018, 7:09 pm

    I’m curious as to how this is meant to be a keto recipe, when keto clearly states no rice or carrots?

    • Valentina's Corner 08/29/2018, 1:20 pm

      Hi, Joanna. 🙂 I’m not sure where you go the idea that this was a keto recipe. We don’t have that listed anywhere?

  • Victoria 07/14/2018, 5:18 pm

    Hello! I’m looking forward to trying this dish. My daughter loves chicken fried rice I know she will be excited to try it. One question. In the instructions it reads “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.” Does this mean you bake it?

    • admin 07/17/2018, 3:28 pm

      I’m so sorry for the confusing wording, I’ll fix that as soon as I’ll get home. Yes, you bake it 20-30 minutes and it’s ready when water has evaporated and rice fluffy. 🙂 Thank you for visiting, Victoria. I hope you love the recipe as much as I did.

  • Catherine 07/08/2018, 3:51 pm

    Egg allergy. Substitute or omit altogether? Sounds like a great recipe.

    • admin 07/10/2018, 11:47 pm

      You can just leave it out completely, Catherine. Enjoy and thank you for visiting our online home. 🙂

  • Toria 06/15/2018, 8:49 pm

    Absolulety amazing fried rice recipe!

    • admin 06/15/2018, 9:12 pm

      Thanks, Toria. I just love how easy and quick it is to throw together. The perfect recipe for busy evenings. 🙂

  • Alina 06/06/2018, 8:19 pm

    Hi Valentina,
    This rice is delicious! It’s a perfect side for an Asian main dish 🙂 I did notice that you don’t mention where to put in the garlic, maybe you can clarify? Thanks for the recipe, it’s going on our regular routine!

    • admin 06/08/2018, 11:38 pm

      Thanks so much for catching that, Alinka! The post is updated. 🙂 We actually just had this for dinner yesterday with a large salad. 🙂

  • Tanya 05/01/2018, 11:33 am

    Thank you Valentina for such a delicious recipe! Just have a question, do you think cauliflower rice might work in this recipe? I was looking for fried cauliflower rice recipe but hasn’t find any good ones yet!Thank you! ♡

    • admin 05/03/2018, 12:49 am

      Tanyush, thanks so much. 🙂 I love where you are going, I think this is a great recipe for cauliflower rice. I am actually going to try it, thanks for the wonderful idea. <3

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