This easy fried rice recipe is so easy to make and will save you money on the Chinese takeout! It cooks up pretty quick and can easily be customized!
I love making one-pot dinners (my family's favorite is my Chicken Caprese recipe, by we can't live on that alone!) because it makes clean-up so stinkin' easy and this chicken fried recipe is so delicious and fun to make!
This is a perfect one-pot meal, and you can easily adjust it to suit your tastes! You can add or leave out any vegetables you like, and the same goes for the meat. You can easily swap out the chicken for some shrimp, beef or pork (obviously, you would have to adjust the cooking times based on what protein you are using).
And of course if you wanted to make it vegetarian, you could just leave the meat out completely or add some tofu. Even better, without the meat it turns in to a great side dish for my Bang Bang Shrimp recipe!
You'll definitely want to use cold rice for this (leftover rice is perfect). Hot rice still has too much moisture, and it's nearly impossible to get that "fried" rice texture. I usually make mine the day before, because I like it very cold and dry. If you don't have time to do that, you can make your rice and then spread it on a baking sheet to cool and dry out in the refrigerator, which will take 2-3 hours.
My #1 tip for making fried rice is to have everything prepped and ready to go. Once you start adding ingredients to the pan, this goes very quick! To make this even quicker, you could even buy a frozen vegetable blend and skip the chopping.
I used one large chicken breast, which was about 1.5 cups of meat. If yours are small, you may need two.
Sesame oil has a very strong flavor so if you have never used it before, you might want to start with a half a teaspoon and work your way up. It also shouldn't be heated too much and is actually more of a flavoring than a cooking oil.
Adding a little butter is a trick I learned years ago after noticing that they always fry the rice in butter at our favorite Japanese steakhouse. It may make this easy fried rice recipe a little less authentic, but it certainly makes it taste better!
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