Easy Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Rice: 4 cups cooked long-grain white rice (preferably day-old for the best texture)
  • Chicken: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs, diced
  • Oil: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • Aromatics: 1 medium yellow onion, diced, 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Vegetables: 1 cup frozen peas and carrots mix
  • Eggs: 3 large eggs, beaten
  • Sauce: 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Optional: Salt and pepper to taste, sliced green onions for garnish

Instructions:

  • Prep the rice: The best fried rice is made with cold, day-old rice. This helps the grains separate and prevents it from becoming mushy. If you don’t have leftover rice, cook it the day before or in the morning and refrigerate it.
  • Cook the chicken: Season the diced chicken with a bit of salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • Scramble the eggs: In the same skillet, add a splash more oil if needed. Pour in the beaten eggs and scramble until just set. Remove the eggs and set them aside with the chicken.
  • Sauté the vegetables: Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Add the diced onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the frozen peas and carrots and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  • Combine everything: Return the chicken and eggs to the skillet. Add the cooked rice, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Stir-fry over high heat, constantly tossing, until the rice is heated through and all ingredients are well combined, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Taste and serve: Taste the chicken fried rice and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve immediately.

Tips:

  • Customize it: Add other vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, or mushrooms. Swap or add some cooked shrimp or pork to mix things up.
  • For extra flavor: A pinch of ground ginger or a small drizzle of oyster sauce adds another layer of deliciousness.
  • Make it ahead: You can prepare the chicken, vegetables, and eggs in advance. Store them in separate containers in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, quickly stir-fry everything together.

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