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Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken fried rice recipe is full of vegetables and flavor. It is a easy fix if you have shredded chicken that needs to be used up.

Chicken Fried Rice is a budget friendly healthy dinner that I have been making for years. I have also made this recipe with leftover pork and just vegetables. You can use instant rice but I prefer to cook long grain rice before hand and leave it in the refrigerator for a quick meal. 

I first found this recipe in my Taste of Home Light and Tasty 2006 Annual Recipe Cookbook.

Cost Per Serving is about $4.88 as of May 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $19.52.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $11.48.

  • Cost per serving reduces to about $2.87.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1 ~ 1/4 cup

Equipment needed: 1 deep skillet and prep bowls 

Total time: 20~30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $8.04 as of June 2022

  • 1 pound butter $3.58
  • olive oil $2.88
  • soy sauce $1.58


Total: $11.48 as of June 2022

  • 1 - onion $0.65
  • 1 - bulb of garlic $0.51
  • 1 - small piece fresh gingerroot $0.50
  • 1 - large chicken breast $6.93
  • 1 - bag brown or white rice $0.76
  • 1/2 dozen eggs $1.13
  • 1 - bag frozen vegetables 12 oz $1.00

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Heat pan with 1/2 teaspoon of butter then add the eggs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Keep moving the eggs around the pan until they are scrambled then remove from the pan on a plate. Set aside. 
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the pan along with the diced onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. 
  4. Cook the onions for 3-4 minutes then add the garlic and gingerroot for 1 minute.
  5. Add 1 cup of frozen vegetables and cook for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are heated through.
  6. Add the cold rice and cook for 2 – 3 minutes
  7. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes
  8. Add the soy sauce then stir to combine.
  9. Top the mixture with the eggs. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $100 – Menu 1

Side Options

Side Salad

Fresh Fruit

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