Easy Chicken Fried Rice

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This Easy Chicken Fried Rice with Yum Yum Sauce is better than takeout and ready just as quickly! It’s easy to make and perfect for using leftover rice. Serve as the main course or as a side to your other favorite Chinese takeout recipes.

Chicken Fried Rice in a pan

Easy Chicken Fried Rice with Yum Yum Sauce

This authentic Chicken Fried Rice is based on my favorite dish from a local hibachi restaurant. They usually serve this rice with yum yum sauce and let me tell you, it’s a match made in heaven. The rice and creamy sauce are so perfect together that it’s now the only way I like my rice!

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It turns out that making Chinese fried rice at home is incredibly easy – and I even stole a trick from my local hibachi restaurant to make the absolute BEST chicken fried rice. This is the most flavorful rice I’ve ever tried, especially with the yum yum sauce, and it’s ready in just 30 minutes!

Chicken Fried Rice on a plate

What Makes This Authentic Chicken Fried Rice?

This recipe is made just like the kind you get when you order take-out or from a hibachi restaurant.

The secret? Adding butter at the end of the recipe!

This is a trick I learned from the local hibachi restaurant. When I asked, they said the butter gives the rice the best taste. After making this with and without butter, I definitely agree!

What Is Yum Yum Sauce?

Yum Yum sauce is a creamy sauce that is served at a lot of hibachi restaurants. It’s made with mayo, ketchup, and a few other ingredients for a sweet, tangy flavor that pairs well with everything from chicken and shrimp to vegetables and rice. A drizzle of it over this chicken fried recipe really elevates the dish!

The best part is that it’s super easy to make too. Just mix the ingredients together and let it chill for an hour before using.

fried rice ingredients

Ingredient List

This chicken fried rice is made with just a handful of ingredients and it’s delicious. Even better, it’s a great way to use leftover chicken and rice!

  • Sesame oil – Used for sauteing the veggies.
  • Veggies – I used onions, carrots, and frozen peas.
  • Eggs – Scrambled and added to the rice.
  • Rice – See below for notes on what rice to use.
  • Chicken – This recipe is great for leftover chicken. Otherwise, dice up a cooked skinless chicken breast or thigh. You can add seasoning or sauce to the chicken as desired. A teriyaki marinade would go well with the rice.
  • Soy sauce – Gives the classic Chinese takeout flavor. We use low-sodium soy sauce.
  • Butter – The secret ingredient that makes this the best fried rice!
  • Salt and pepper – To taste.

What Is The Best Rice To Use For Fried Rice?

When making fried rice, the most important thing is to use rice that’s cooked and cold. Day-old, leftover rice is ideal. However, if you need to make it fresh for the fried rice, prepare it in advice and chill it in the fridge for a few hours first. In a pinch, spread it out on a baking sheet and pop it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Warm, freshly cooked rice won’t cook properly when making fried rice and will end up mushy.

You can use white rice as I did here, or brown rice.

Recipe Variations

Here are a few ways to change up your homemade fried rice.

  • Switch up the protein. Fried rice can be made with pork, bacon, shrimp, or other proteins as well. Just be sure to cook them properly before adding them to the dish.
  • Add more veggies. You can also add in more vegetables as desired or to replace the chicken for a vegetarian meal. I recommend snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, and water chestnuts. Remember that some veggies like broccoli will take longer to cook so adjust accordingly.
  • Rice alternatives. While the texture won’t be the same, you can try making this recipe with cauliflower rice or quinoa for a low carb alternative.

How to Make Chicken Fried Rice

This easy fried rice recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes!

  • Saute the veggies. Saute the onions and carrots in sesame oil until tender in a skillet. Add the peas.
  • Add the eggs. Whisk the eggs. Move the veggies to one side of the pan and pour the eggs in another. Scramble and stir into the eggs.
  • Add the other ingredients. Add the rice and chicken. Stir to combine everything. Add the soy sauce, then the butter. Stir well and top with sliced green onions (optional). Season with salt and pepper as needed .
  • Serve. Serve with a side of yum yum sauce.
Chicken Fried Rice on a plate

Tips for Success

Here are a few tips for making the best Chinese chicken fried rice.

  • Use cold rice. As noted above, this is a must to avoid mushy, sticky rice. Even if you make it the day off, be sure to give it time to chill in the fridge.
  • Use frozen veggies. Frozen veggies keep this recipe quick and easy. No need to thaw them first! Use any vegetable blend you’d like.
  • Use high heat. High heat helps to fry the fried rice and brown it a bit, giving the best texture. Be sure to stir frequently to avoid it burning.

Serving Suggestions

I always enjoy my chicken fried rice with yum yum sauce, as I do at my local hibachi restaurant. It adds such a sweet-but-tangy flavor to it that’s just completely addictive.

The great thing about homemade fried rice is that it can be enjoyed as the main course or as a side dish. I love to serve it with some of my other favorite takeout recipes, like Orange Chicken or General Tso’s Chicken, and maybe a crab rangoon egg roll or two.

Yum Yum Sauce

How to Store Leftovers

Leftover chicken fried rice will last in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can either reheat in the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop.

Can You Freeze Fried Rice?

Absolutely. Leftover fried rice actually freezes quite well! Once it has cooled completely, transfer to freezer containers or ziploc bags. Freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge and reheat in the stovetop with a bit of oil.

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Chicken Fried Rice

This Easy Chicken Fried Rice with Yum Yum Sauce is better than takeout and ready just as quickly! It's easy to make and perfect for using leftover rice. Serve as the main course or as a side to your other favorite Chinese takeout recipes.
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil or vegetable oil
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • ½ cup carrots diced
  • ½ cup frozen peas no need to thaw
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a large frying pan or wok over medium heat. Add the sesame oil, onions, and carrots; sauté until the carrots and onions are starting to become tender.
  • Add the peas to the pan and stir well.
  • In a small bowl, beat the eggs with a fork. Push the vegetable mixture to one side of the pan, then pour the eggs onto the other side of the pan. Use a spatula to scramble the eggs. Once the eggs are fully cooked, stir into the vegetables.
  • Add the rice and chicken; mix well.
  • Add the soy sauce then stir into the fried rice.
  • Add the butter and stir the rice until the butter is melted.
  • Season the fried rice with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Serve the right hot with “yum-yum sauce.”

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Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 2596mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 3324IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg


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79 comments on “Easy Chicken Fried Rice”

  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe, I make it all the time. I’m not a fan of peas so I use shelled edamame (mukimame) and I leave out the meat, as I usually serve it with homemade orange chicken. It’s just delicious. Thank you for sharing a tasty and easy recipe.

  2. On your FB post the recipe lists 1/2 cup of SOY sauce but on this page HERE you list 3 tablespoons. Actually 3 tablespoons is not enough….so what about the `1/2 cup of soy sauce?

    1. Hi Candace. I recommend starting out with three tablespoons and adding more to taste. The 1/2 cup was a typo and will be too much.

  3. 5 stars
    This was super easy to make and the flavor is just right. I used pork instead of chicken. I cut the carrots into strips instead of cubed. Ended up using 4 tbsp of soy sauce, a little black pepper and a shake or two of salt. This will be my go to recipe from now on. Thanks Jill

  4. 5 stars
    I made this last night and it was perfect! I followed the directions exactly except substituted shelled edamame for peas. The yum yum sauce was delicious and easy. Best fried rice I’ve ever made. Family’s looking forward to leftovers.

    1. Johanna shuler

      Does it matter if you use minute rice and put it in the fridge for 24 hours or should I be using a different rice? Thanks

  5. 4 stars
    First off, this was incredibly easy to make! Love that!
    I will say that 3 cups of rice is A LOT. Even using a large frying pan I had to switch to a large pot to not have rice everywhere when stirring.
    The flavors weren’t as strong as I would have liked but thinking maybe cutting the rice in half might help with that. I also didn’t use any chicken or peas.
    Super easy to put together and cleanup was a breeze. Overall I would make it again.

  6. Do Wah Diddy

    5 stars
    Cooked as suggested in recipe but … measured by eye… still came out awesome ! Was loved by my guest, and their 2 young children. Will make again !!

  7. 5 stars
    I make this all the time. My grandchildren love it with home made Naan Bread which they help cook.

  8. Sara Driggers

    5 stars
    Great recipe & easy to make! Thank you for this as it will be a new go-to on my weeknight meals!

  9. Terri Greenawalt

    I haven’t made this YET, because having T2D has me wondering if I could substitute 3 cups of cauliflower rice for the rice. Rice has more carbohydrates than I can healthily eat, but if the rices cauliflower would work this would be a great addition to my meal repertoire. Thanks!

    1. Hi Terri. While I haven’t tried cauliflower rice with this recipe, I have tried it in others. I think it work work fine!

  10. 5 stars
    This turned out amazing! I used peas and carrots from a can, though, and it was still great! May add water chestnuts in the future for added crunch!

  11. Sonia Hamilton

    5 stars
    I just made this recipe and trying it out now. It is delicious!! I think the sesame oil helped, first time i ysed it, i like the flavour.

  12. Jo Ellen Crowley

    5 stars
    Made the fried rice—added cabbage and water chestnuts, also. It was delicious. The yum yum sauce is excellent with it. All ingredients on hand, easy to make. I will use this recipe all the time.

  13. 5 stars
    OMG your boys look just like you !, You are all beautiful. I’m working on this rice dish as we speak! Thanks

  14. Love the recipe except….we had to change the amount of soy sauce from 1/2 cup to 1 to 2 Tb. Even 1/4 cup was too salty.

  15. Question here….
    If I’m making this as the main dish for 2 adults & 2 teenagers, should I double the recipe? Or just double the rice? Ooor is it enough for 4 as a meal?

    1. Hey Tiffany. I think it would be enough for 4 people as is, but I may add more chicken if using as a main dish for 4 people.

  16. 5 stars
    One of the best. I made it last night for me and my daughter and she told me to be sure I saved that recipe

  17. 5 stars
    I was looking for a recipe to use leftover chicken, this recipe came together quickly and it was tasty!

  18. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe. Love fried rice. Its easy & delicious. Thank you for sharing your great recipes with us!!

  19. Dear Jill,

    I love your recipes that I share with my family and friends and even at school.

    I wanted to thank you and keep up the good work.

    From a BIG fan of your recipes directly from Quebec.

  20. 5 stars
    Made this for lunch today. Never thought to add butter and the Yum Yum Sauce. Amazing! I made it for lunch and I’m making it for my family for dinner tonight!

  21. Hi! The recipe that is showing where the picture is is showing 1/2 cup of soy sauce and in your recipe it’s 3 tablespoons. Not sure which one to use! Help!

  22. 5 stars
    This recipe is so yummy! It takes no time at all to whip this up! I used teriyaki sauce instead of soy sauce and it turned out fantastic!

  23. 5 stars
    I had some left over white rice from our Chinese take out that was loitering in the fridge. I used canned peas carrots, and chicken as that was what I had in stock, I rinsed as much of the nastiness off the canned chicken as I could. I added water chestnuts, a dash of rice wine vinegar, and a tsp of sugar to pop the flavors and loved the outcome. 5/6 of us loved it!! Will definitely make again.

  24. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! I always substitute green onion for onion and added sesame oil. We did a veggie version and served with wonton soup. I loved the butter! May add an extra egg next time. Perfect recipe!

  25. 5 stars
    I’m 67, and I have never made Fried Rice before. I finally worked up my courage and tried it, and oh boy! I am sure glad I did! I swapped out the veggies for frozen mixed veg, because, you know, that’s what I had. We both added a little extra soy sauce and a handful of cashew pieces! Yum!

  26. 5 stars
    Great recipe and definitely will make again. Only thing I would do different next time is use a low sodium soy sauce. With that quantity of soy sauce it was a little salty. I didn’t use any protein because I was serving it with a teriyaki chicken. Had some mushrooms and through that in. Look forward next time to put shrimp or chicken in the dish. As good as any restaurant. Thank you.

  27. 5 stars
    Could/ would you please leave a recipe for the yum yum sauce you are showing? I googled and could not find one. Thank you. DJ

    1. 5 stars
      Click on the yum yum sauce above where she’s explaining her chicken fried rice recipe. It’ll take you straight to it.

  28. 5 stars
    I don’t normally like this. This is the second time I am making it in less than two weeks. Delicious way for me to use up left-overs. Thank you for sharing.

  29. 5 stars
    Made this for my husband tonight to dissuade him from from ordering out. He really liked it and was not sad that he didn’t get to order egg rolls as well! The only thing I changed was I cut the soy sauce in half.

  30. 5 stars
    I usually make fried rice once a week, but the way you make it is simply astounding especially the yummy sauce. This time I’m gonna surprise my family 😀