Easy to make and better than takeout, this Chinese-style Chicken Fried Rice uses leftover roast chicken and cooked rice, to create a mouthwatering meal. It’s on the table in less than 30 minutes, making it an ideal recipe for busy families, who need fast, but healthy food.
One of our favourite quick and easy dinners, this tasty chicken fried rice recipe is flavoured simply with soy sauce and garlic, making it suitable for the whole family.
✔️ Why should you try it?
- Quick and easy
- A great way to use up leftover roast chicken
- Lots of scope for customising with different meat and vegetables
For a full ingredients list see the recipe card below.
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 3 Shallots, chopped
- 1 Garlic Clove, chopped
- 1 Orange Pepper, chopped
- 300g Cooked Long Grain Rice
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- 100g Frozen Peas
- 100g Smoked Sausage, chopped
- 200g Cooked Chicken
The recipe card with ingredient quantities and detailed instructions can be found at the bottom of the post
One: Prepare all of your ingredients, ready for making the chicken fried rice. Make sure you are using cooked rice and cooked chicken.
I tend to make this recipe the day after I’ve made a chicken curry, as I always have leftover rice (I’m not good at judging how much I need!), and I save some cooked chicken, before putting it in the curry sauce. Leftover roast chicken would work well too.
Two: Finely chop the shallots, garlic and pepper. If you like things a bit spicier, then add a chopped red chilli too.
Three: Stir fry the shallots, garlic and pepper in sesame oil for a few minutes on a medium high heat.
Four: Now it’s time to add the cooked rice (stir fry for a few minutes), then add the beaten egg.
Five: Keep stirring the rice and egg, until the egg is cooked through and set. You can add the soy sauce at this point.
Six: Then it’s time for the frozen peas. They wont take long to cook.
Seven: Add the cooked sliced smoked sausage and shredded cooked chicken and heat thoroughly, until everything is piping hot.
Eight: Now it’s time to serve the fried rice, with extra soy sauce if you like.
🍴 Serving suggestions
Stir fry vegetables are a great choice for serving as a side dish. Baby corn, mangetout and carrots, would all work well. Spring rolls would turn it into a proper Chinese fakeaway.
🧊 Suitable for freezing?
Yes! Leftover Chicken Fried Rice can be frozen. Spoon any leftovers into a freezer-safe container, and pop it in the freezer, until needed. Allow to defrost in the fridge, then reheat in the microwave, until piping hot.
Fried Rice is a dish of cooked rice, that has been stir-fried, and mixed with other ingredients, such as vegetables, meat, fish and egg.
White long grain rice works best for the fried rice, you can also use basmati rice. Short grain rice isn’t suitable, as it tends to stick together. Don’t forget the rice needs to be cooked already.
Using freshly cooked rice that is still hot is usually the cause of sticky and soggy fried rice. It’s best to use rice that has been cooked, cooled and stored in the fridge for 24 hours as it is drier and wont clump together.
Can I make it vegetarian?
You can make this recipe vegetarian-friendly, by omitting the chicken and smoked sausage. Use cooked quorn pieces in place of the chicken and add more vegetables such as baby corn or mushrooms.
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Chicken Fried Rice
- 1 tbsp Sesame oil
- 3 Shallots chopped
- 1 Garlic clove chopped
- 1 Orange Pepper chopped
- 300 g Cooked Rice
- 2 Eggs beaten
- 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 100 g Peas frozen
- 100 g Cooked Smoked Sausage sliced
- 200 g Cooked Chicken chopped
- In a large wok or pan, heat the sesame oil, then stir-fry the shallots, garlic and peppers for a couple of minutes.
- Add the cooked rice and stir fry for 2 minutes. Keep stirring so the rice doesn't stick to the pan.
- Add the beaten egg and fry for 2 minutes until the egg is cooked. Then add the soy sauce.
- Put the frozen peas into the rice and stir until combined (they will cook very quickly).
- Add the chopped smoked sausage and cooked chicken, and heat through until everything is piping hot.
- Serve with stir fried veggies and spring rolls for an authentic chinese takeout meal.
- Substitute 1 small onion for the 3 shallots if you prefer.
- Instead of smoked sausage, you could add cooked prawns or sliced chorizo.
- Sweetcorn could be used instead of peas, or why not use both?
- If you like your food spicy, add 1 chopped red chilli, during step 1.