Take-Out, Fake-Out: Chicken Fried Rice

Take-out, fake-out chicken fried rice is so easy to whip up yourself that you won't need to call for take-out!

Take-out, fake-out chicken fried rice is so easy to whip up yourself that you won’t need to call for take-out!

Take-out, fake-out chicken fried rice is so easy to whip up yourself that you won't need to call for take-out! Recipe on

Take-out, fake-out chicken fried rice is so easy to whip up yourself that you won't need to call for take-out! Recipe on

Take-out, fake-out chicken fried rice is so easy to whip up yourself that you won't need to call for take-out! Recipe on

It’s been over two years since Jason and I bought our first home together and I’m really happy with how everything is slowly (finally) coming together. The first room I finished was my office, then it was our bedroom, then the man-cave, and now, our living room is finally almost there. It’s really true when they say you can’t do it all at once. Because of my personality, I hate when things are half-done and works in progress, so I always wanted to just buy everything at once and decorate it all. Yeah, totally doesn’t work that way. You can’t just drop thousands of dollars at once (well, I guess you could if you’re a millionaire) and find the right decor in one day. Totally takes time.

We bought a console table this weekend and I’m having a blast decorating it. HomeGoods is the place to be for vases, baskets, and all things decorative. It’s CHEAP too! I swear I could go to West Elm or Pottery Barn but why bother when HomeGoods has everything!

Also, really random but I’m really digging Sara Bareilles lately. Her stuff is so relaxing and happy and I feel in a much better mood whenever I listen to her. I bought her newest CD and obviously “Brave” is a great song (such motivating words!) but my favorite right now is this song. It’s so catchy!

Take-out, fake-out chicken fried rice is so easy to whip up yourself that you won't need to call for take-out! Recipe on

Take-out, fake-out chicken fried rice is so easy to whip up yourself that you won't need to call for take-out! Recipe on

Okay so, you totally don’t need to order take-out for chicken fried rice. I’ve been making my own for as long as I can remember and this was also a staple growing up. It’s seriously so stinking easy. You’re just wasting money by ordering out. It probably takes them $2 to make it and you’re paying $10. Also, my batch makes a ton so you can have it for days! Mmm chicken fried rice for lunch and dinner – I can get behind that, can you?

Take-Out, Fake-Out: Chicken Fried Rice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Chicken fried rice is so easy to whip up yourself that there is no need to call for take-out!

Servings: 4 -6
  • 2 large chicken breasts, diced into 2-inch cubes
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 cups cooked white rice (preferably a day or two old but it's ok if it's fresh; I also used sushi rice, but you can use whatever rice you prefer)
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce OR 2/3 cup Soy Vay Teriyaki Marinade
  1. In a large skillet, brown diced chicken on both sides and until chicken is cooked through. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. In the same skillet, add vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add onion and garlic. Cook until softened and fragrant, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the frozen mixed vegetables and cook until warmed through then add the eggs, breaking them apart like scrambled eggs in the skillet. Turn down the heat to medium-low and add the cooked chicken.
  4. Finally, add the cooked white rice and break it apart while stirring in the skillet.
  5. Drizzle the soy sauce or soy vay (if you haven't tried it, you should totally try. I've tried both variations and we love it!) over the rice and continue to toss until all the rice and ingredients have been coated.
  6. Serve and enjoy! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Recipe Notes

Adjust soy sauce/soy vay to your liking. Add more if you like it more salty, don't add as much if you don't like things salty. Taste test before you pour it all in! Everyone's salt preference is different.

You can make this with whatever meat you like (pork, turkey, beef, etc.) or make it vegetarian with no meat at all.



Posted on February 19, 2014

dinner for two by julie wampler



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  1. 02/19/2014 at 7:20 am

    I adore Chicken Fried Rice! Staying in take out is the best thing ever! Pinning!

  2. 02/19/2014 at 8:28 am

    What a great recipe Julie!! Definitely bookmarking!!

  3. 02/19/2014 at 8:42 am

    This looks way better than take out! I also love “Brave”- motivational songs are the best!

  4. 02/19/2014 at 9:11 am

    Way better than take out!

  5. 02/19/2014 at 9:12 am

    I’ve seriously given up on decorating. I wish it could be done all at once. Wouldn’t it be awesome to buy a house fully furnished and ready to go?

  6. 02/19/2014 at 9:44 am

    Reading this makes me so excited to decorate (whenever we get out of our apartment that is!) I’m a fried rice nut (especially at home), so this is perfection!

  7. 02/19/2014 at 9:45 am

    I love your take-out fake-out series! I’m also a huge fan of chicken fried rice. Bookmarking this one!

  8. 02/19/2014 at 10:08 am

    I love this fried rice Julie- fried rice is one of my hubbies favorite take out treats- so I love that I could make it for hi homemade (I am always intimidated!) Also, being a total design obsessed woman, I love that you are having so much fun decorating. We have been in our house 7 years and I think it’s time to start re-decorating!

  9. 02/19/2014 at 10:23 am

    OMG! I love your take out, fake out meals!! So making this fried rice!

  10. 02/19/2014 at 10:24 am

    Chicken Fried Rice is a great dish to have in the refrigerator for a few days. I’m always on the lookout for those types of recipes!

  11. 02/19/2014 at 11:19 am

    Chinese food is my weakness!

  12. I like to make sth new for my home, but since I am constantly in between moving to other countries lately and someone else will be living in my apartment, I’m having a break. I love the rice and chicken combo.

  13. 02/19/2014 at 1:07 pm

    Mmmmm, LOVE that I can make this fried rice any time at all!

  14. 02/19/2014 at 2:15 pm

    Wish I had this for lunch! It looks amazing!!

  15. 02/19/2014 at 3:31 pm

    LOVE healthier spins on takeout, this looks fab!

  16. 02/19/2014 at 4:46 pm

    I’m hungry for dinner and this is what I want! Take-out fake-out meals are the best. Yes, decorating (when personalizing) takes time which can be frustrating for those of us who are extremely results oriented, LOL. Glad everything is coming together and you have a sense of satisfaction and comfort in your home. Thanks for sharing, Julie! Pinning tonight!

  17. 02/19/2014 at 4:56 pm

    I feel you on the works-in-progress thing. Ugh, I hate when things are out of place. It really drives me bonkers. Home Goods happens at least once a week for me. I pass it on my drive home. It’s becoming dangerous. Love this rice. Pinned.

  18. Tina
    02/19/2014 at 7:17 pm

    I make a variation of those and also add water chestnuts! So yummy!

  19. Fried rice is a staple in our house, especially on the weekends when I’m cleaning out the fridge – love this!

  20. 02/19/2014 at 10:37 pm

    You are the take-out-fake-out QUEEN, mama!!! And also, I’m coming over for dinner :) xo

  21. 02/19/2014 at 10:39 pm

    Great comfort food!

  22. 02/20/2014 at 12:28 am

    Homemade take out is always better and you can control what goes in. Winner!

  23. 02/20/2014 at 9:31 am

    I have an addiction to fried rice but I don’t make it nearly enough. I’ll be making this recipe tonight though. :)

  24. 02/20/2014 at 1:55 pm

    This is so much better than take out!

  25. 02/21/2014 at 5:14 pm

    Love chicken fried rice and this one looks tasty!

  26. Holly S.
    02/21/2014 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you! Looks good! I made the Holy Yum Chicken last night. And it is definitely in the rotation! SO GOOD! SO EASY!
    Your blog is a permanent bookmark on my computer :)

    • 02/24/2014 at 10:29 am

      I’m so glad I’m a permanent bookmark on your computer!! Yay for enjoying the holy yum chicken!!

  27. 02/21/2014 at 11:54 pm

    I want a ridiculously large bowl of this STAT!

  28. 02/22/2014 at 8:47 am

    Julie, this looks amazing! Pinning!

  29. Bonita Turner
    02/24/2014 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful recipes, but thank you more for introducing me to Sara Bareilles. The song about the cemetery says so much more to me than being a catchy tune. It says that hope is there but we must not wait for proof of it, we must look for the possible and “run” toward it. Thank you.

    • 02/25/2014 at 7:57 am

      You’re so welcome, Bonita! I adore that song so much. Her entire CD is superb if you want to pick it up! Or sample it on iTunes :)

  30. 03/06/2014 at 2:41 am

    Fried rice is like, one of my favorite foods of all time. No joke! Haha. I could eat it all day and everyday!

  31. Joe
    02/15/2016 at 3:46 pm

    Remember the good old days when you could look up a recipe without the mindnumbing want to stick a fork in your eye history of the writers first coffee table. wow what a nightmare just to fry rice!

    • Julie
      02/15/2016 at 3:54 pm

      Remember the good old days when mothers taught their children that if you don’t have something nice to say, to not say it at all? How mindnumbing it must be for you to scroll down with your mouse. What a nightmare it is to scroll! I feel for you.

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