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Chicken Fried Rice

I love to make chicken at the beginning of the week and then turn it into fast dishes for quick week night meals on the run. This chicken fried rice recipe is a snap to put together.

This is a budget friendly healthy dinner that I have been making for years. 

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $19.52 as of June 2022.

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

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. 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. 
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the pan along with the diced onion, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. 
  3. Cook the onions for 3-4 minutes then add the garlic and gingerroot for 1 minute.
  4. Add 1 cup of frozen vegetables and cook for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are heated through.
  5. Add the cold rice and cook for 2 – 3 minutes
  6. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes
  7. Add the soy sauce then stir to combine.
  8. Top the mixture with the eggs. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Menu 1 – Family of 4

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