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.
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.
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.
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!
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Fried Chicken Rice
Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.
- 2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 fried chicken drumstick
- 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.