What’s not to love about fried rice? It’s filling, delicious, and super simple to make. I love it as the main meal, but it is also a great side dish. Most of the components can be made ahead of time, making it a great go-to weeknight meal. For all of its simplicity, it is incredibly flavorful. You will love this quick and easy fried rice recipe!
2 ½ Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (plus more for frying eggs and baking chicken)
2 tsp. teriyaki sauce
salt to taste (and for baking chicken breast)
garlic powder (for baking chicken breast)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees for the chicken.
Cook the rice according to the package directions (The brown rice I use takes 50 minutes to cook. If you use a different type of rice, adjust the timing of other ingredients.)
While the rice is cooking, clean and chop the scallions and bake the chicken (If you are cooking rice the old fashioned way, bake the chicken about 25 minutes into the cooking process).
Rub the chicken with some olive oil, and sprinkle it with a little salt and garlic powder. Bake until cooked through. Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes before cutting.
While the chicken is resting, heat the olive oil over medium heat (the pan should be large enough to hold and mix all of the ingredients).
Once the oil is heated, add the scallions and cook for about 10 minutes until they begin to turn slightly brown. Stir often and scrape the pot if needed. While the scallions are cooking, cook the eggs (pop the yolks and fry them in a little oil). Once cooked, remove from the heat and set aside.
Carefully add the teriyaki sauce and stir. Add the cooked rice and mix well (two spoons or wooden spatulas work well for mixing from this point on). Reduce to low, and chop up your eggs and chicken into bite-sized pieces.
Add the chopped chicken and eggs to the rice, and remove from the heat. Enjoy!
#1 Bake the chicken ahead of time. Either a day or 2 ahead and store in the fridge or up to a month or more in the freezer. For best results, chop the chicken up, wrap in freezer paper, and then place in a freezer-safe container. Defrost and warm through, and it is ready to mix into the fried rice. You can cook the rice a day or two ahead of time and store in the fridge, or freeze for longer storage.
#2 Freeze left-overs in portioned freezer-safe containers. This makes great homemade frozen food. For best results, freeze without the egg mixed in.
#3 Serve with a side of green veggies for a complete meal.