Chinese chicken fried rice

Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken fried rice is an excellent Chinese comfort food which can be served either as a main dish or side dish.

It is believed that the origin of fried rice (Chao Fan) was in the city of Yangzhou in eastern Jiangsu province. But today it has become very popular everywhere. Yangchow (Yangzhou) Fried Rice is still the standard by which all other Chinese fried rice dishes are judged.

Chinese Chicken Fried Rice is a great alternative to steamed or plain rice. Very simple to make yet wonderful in taste. It is made from steamed rice stir-fried in a wok with sauce, vegetables, egg and chicken.

You would  also love more Chinese recipes – Mix Chicken Hakka Noodles, Chili Chicken, Ginger Prawns, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Chinese Chicken Sizzler


  • Cooked rice: 4 cups
  • Chicken: 100 gm (cut into thin strips)
  • Chopped beans: 1 cup
  • Chopped carrots:  1 cup
  • Green peas:  1/2 cup
  • Chopped spring onions:  1 cup
  • Chopped garlic: 8-10
  • Eggs: 2 (more if desired)
  • Chilli garlic sauce: 1 tbsp
  • Dark soya sauce:  2 tbsp
  • Oyster sauce: 1 tbsp
  • Aginomoto or MSG (Mono sodium glutamate): 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • White pepper powder: 1 tsp
  • Oil: 7 tbsp


  • Apply little oil in your hand and rub the rice between your fingers to remove clumps. Keep it aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok. Fry the chicken pieces until they turn to golden brown. Transfer in a bowl.
  • Heat another 4 tbsp oil again. Sauté onions and then garlic for 2-3 minutes until they turn to slightly golden brown.
  • Add chopped beans, carrots and peas .Cook  until they are soft. Don’t overcook them.
  • Beat an egg slightly.
  • Push up the cooked vegetables to one side of the wok and add the beaten egg.
  • Scramble the egg and then mix up with rest of the vegetables.
  • Add chicken pieces and combine thoroughly.
  • Also add Chili garlic sauce, dark soya sauce and oyster sauce.
  • Now add cooked rice and stir fry for 3-4 minutes over medium-high flame. Cook it fast.
  • Add little salt (if required), pepper, MSG and spring onion. Mix it well.
  • Chicken fried rice is ready to serve.
  • Garnish with strips of egg.


  • It is suggested to use cold, left-over rice (1 day or 2 days old)  because it does not contain any moisture and reduces the highly chances of getting wet and mushy fried rice. If you can’t wait – spread the freshly cooked rice on a plate or baking sheet and keep it in the air to remove moisture. Then refrigerate the rice for few hours before cooking.
  •  Another important note is to use long grain rice (Basmati or Jasmine) as it comes out fluffier and less sticky that other types of rice.
  • Make sure that the rice is not overcooked.
  • You can use any vegetables of your choice.

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8 Responses to Chinese Chicken Fried Rice

  1. Sonia Thomas July 2, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    This is such an easy recipe. I love love fried rice. 🙂

  2. lia April 19, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    good reciepe, is oyster sauce mandatory ..
    anyhow hands up for your effort ….

  3. Gorden Russell June 27, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    I found the video for this recipe of yours at YouTube, made a bunch of comments, then found the address for web site.

    So now I have copied and pasted it all over to a Word document and saved it to hard disk and a couple of flash drives for backup.

    • sharmila July 17, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

      Hello Gorden Russell. yes I’ve seen ur comments and I’m very glad to know that you loved my recipe.. Thanks for watching and visiting my website..

  4. Nini August 1, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    Very nice,good job!i like yor recipes and also try many recipes,
    Result ,excellent.

  5. Rebecca. September 28, 2016 at 4:36 pm #

    Hello! I am looking forward to making this. What kind of oil did you use? I only have olive oil, vegetable oil and Sesame oil on hand. Which should I use?

    Thank you!


    • sharmila September 29, 2016 at 8:48 am #

      sesame oil will work good..

  6. Bridget July 13, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

    absolutely delicious

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