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This fried chicken rice will CHANGE YOUR LIFE! All you need is a piece of fried chicken from your favorite take-out joint!!

Fried chicken rice

Yes, that is a piece of fried chicken drumstick in a pot of rice, and yes, I am about to tell you about the most flavorful rice experience you’ll ever have: fried chicken rice.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3. You save a piece of take-out fried chicken drumstick (we used BonChon) and cook it with rice in the rice cooker.


This fried chicken rice will CHANGE YOUR LIFE! All you need is a piece of fried chicken from your favorite take-out joint!!

You put the fried chicken drumstick into the uncooked rice and water, add a little soy sauce, cook the rice as you normally would and the finished product is probably one of the best rice you will ever have.

The flavors of the fried chicken get infused in with the rice while it cooks and this is where using dark meat is best. The chicken doesn’t dry out. It falls off the bone and you chop it up and mix it in the with cooked rice.

This fried chicken rice will CHANGE YOUR LIFE! All you need is a piece of fried chicken from your favorite take-out joint!!

Apparently it’s a really popular “recipe” in Korea right now. They call it KFC chicken but I’m calling it fried chicken rice because you can use whatever fried chicken. I would definitely use take-out fried chicken as opposed to fried chicken that you make at home. I think it’ll just be more flavorful because you know, deep-fried at take-out places has all that fatty, flavor goodness that we all crave, lol

If you can, and if you have a BonChon near you, the soy garlic flavor made our fried chicken rice SO FLAVORFUL.

It’s so hard to describe the exact flavor of fried chicken rice, but it’s kind of like a buttery, salty goodness.

This fried chicken rice will CHANGE YOUR LIFE! All you need is a piece of fried chicken from your favorite take-out joint!!

I know I’m probably going to get a lot of questions so here are the top questions I think I’m going to get (and the answers):

What type of rice can I use?

You can use any kind of rice. I suggest a short grain white rice.

Can I make this on the stovetop?

To be real honest, I don’t know how to cook rice on the stovetop! I grew up cooking rice in a rice cooker and that’s how I always have cooked my rice.

But yes, I imagine this would work just the same on the stovetop, but I honestly think it’s better in a rice cooker.

What type of fried chicken can I use? Which cut do I save?

I would use take-out fried chicken. I feel it has more flavor. Popeyes, KFC, BonChon, Bojangles, etc.

Save the dark meat. Thigh or drumstick.

How long do I cook the rice for?

This depends which method you use to cook your rice. When I made this in the rice cooker, it took about 15 minutes, I think.

How much water do I use for the rice?

For me, when I cook rice in the rice cooker, I use a 1:1.5 cup ratio. 1 cup of rice to 1.5 cups of water.

What do you eat this fried chicken rice with?

We ate it plain and it was incredible, but we also had enough to eat with my pan-fried sesame garlic tofu recipe and it made the flavors even more pronounced!

Honestly, you can eat it with anything.

I ended up topping it with furikake seasoning because I felt that those flavors with the Asian chicken flavor would go perfectly together!

Other chicken and rice recipes

Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole

One-Pot BBQ Chicken and Rice

Arroz Con Pollo

Chicken and Chorizo Rice

Garlic Butter Chicken and Rice

Fried Chicken Rice

This fried chicken rice will change your life and you only need one piece of fried chicken!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 fried chicken drumstick

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  • Rinse rice until most of the water is running clear then drain well. Add rice, water, and soy sauce to the insert of a rice cooker (see notes in blog post for cooking on stovetop).
  • Place fried chicken drumstick in the center of the rice, turn on rice cooker.
  • Once rice is done cooking, remove chicken, shred, finely dice, and stir back into the rice.
  • Serve with (optional) furikake on top.


Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 321 kcal | Carbohydrates: 66 g | Protein: 10 g | Fat: 1 g

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: fried chicken, rice
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Kelly Gibbons

Sunday 6th of September 2020

What brand of rice cooker do you have?

Julie Chiou

Monday 14th of September 2020

i have a Tiger!

Pamela Moore

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

Quick question -- if you use a 1:1.5 ratio of rice to water, is the recipe correct when it states 2 cups rice and 2.5 cups water? Should it actually be 3 cups water?

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

hi, i guess i'm mathematically doing it wrong or at least in my head it makes sense...when i cook rice, i always do 1/2 cup more water than the measured out rice. so 1 cup rice, i would do 1.5 cups water. 2 cups rice, i'd do 2.5 cups water, 1 1/2 cups rice, i'd do 2 cups water. does that make sense? so the recipe is right - 2 cups rice, 2.5 cups this will work if you're using a rice cooker. i don't really know what it'd be like for stovetop.


Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

This sounds so good! But...I don't have a rice cooker! How could I make this without one?

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

in the blog post it talks about alternate ways to do it - you could try stovetop if you know how to cook rice on a stovetop (haha i actually don't b/c i grew up with a rice cooker!)


Tuesday 26th of May 2020

This is so intriguing! I’m sorry to ask a question after you nicely answered so many already, but do you include the breaded skin when chopping and mixing chicken into the rice?

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 27th of May 2020


Stacy Lee

Saturday 16th of May 2020

Looks delish. We also do this w lap cheong. I can only imagine how good the rice taste w KBBQ flavors.