This chicken fried rice is a great comfort food recipe to make with leftover rice. It's an easy one pot Chinese inspired meal that's super tasty too!
If you eat as many curries and stir fries as we do in our house then there is always some leftover rice. If I want to make this simple stir fry then I make sure to cook extra rice the day before as it works much better if the rice is cold and dry.
This chicken fried rice is inspired by a recipe by Ching-He Huang, who is one of my favourite Chinese food writers. I love her book Chinese Food Made Easy and this recipe is adapted from one of the recipes in that book. I used peppers instead of Chinese mushrooms and I also didn't use any Shaoshing rice wine. Instead I used a teaspoon of white wine vinegar along with a teaspoon of sugar to balance out the sharpness of the vinegar. I'm not sure what Ching-He would have made of it but it seemed to work.
The best thing about this chicken fried rice!
On of the things I love about this fried rice is the dry roasted peanuts. They are certainly one of the most addictive of nuts. As well as tasting great, they really flavour the rice too. They also accentuate the toasted flavour of the sesame oil. It's one of those dishes that however much I eat, I always wish I'd filled my plate even more!
What kind of rice do you use for fried rice?
I think this fried rice with chicken works best with Chinese jasmine rice but if you don't have that then any rice except pudding rice will work. I often use basmati rice as that's the kind that we tend to use the most and I often make this the day after making a curry.
Can you reheat this Chicken Fried Rice?
Normally I love meals where I can save the leftovers and reheat them the next day. However, because this is made with leftover rice, I wouldn't advise reheating it again.
Is leftover rice dangerous?
You have to be careful with leftover rice so make sure the rice you use has been stored in the fridge. Don't use rice that has been left at room temperature for too long as there is a risk of food poisoning.
Can you adapt this Chicken Fried Rice Recipe?
As I said, I've adapted this recipe from Chinese Food Made Easy and you can easily adapt it further. You can vary the vegetables for example. How about using spring greens or baby sweetcorn?
I know the chicken is one of the main ingredients but you can leave it out for a vegetarian version or replace it with tofu. Alternatively you could use pork.
If you don't have dry roasted peanuts you could use cashew nuts instead. To get a toasty flavour then cook them gently in a dry frying pan to brown them slightly before adding to the stir fry.
Chicken Fried Rice Recipe
Chicken Fried Rice
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp ginger freshly grated
- 1 onion finely diced
- 1 peppers sliced into strips then halved
- 1 green chilli pepper finely sliced
- 225 g skinless chicken breasts diced into small pieces
- 1 tsp vinegar or 1 tbsp shaoxing rice wine and omit the sugar
- 1 tsp five spice powder
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- 50 g dry roasted peanuts
- 300 g cooked jasmine rice
- 3-4 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1-2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- Pinch ground white or black pepper
- 1 spring onions finely sliced
- Heat the oil in a wok. Add the ginger, onion, chilli pepper and peppers and cook for about a minute.
- Add the chicken and cook for a minute or two, then add the vinegar followed by the five-spice powder. As the chicken starts to turn white, add the dark soy sauce and sugar.
- Add the peanuts and then the rice, mix well and stir-fry for 1 min.
- Season with the light soy sauce, sesame oil and pepper to taste. Finally, stir in the spring onion.
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