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Leftover Roast Chicken Fried Rice

Leftover Roast Chicken Fried Rice

This leftover roast chicken fried rice is a dish that not only reduces food waste but also tantalizes your taste buds with a harmonious blend of textures and flavors. It's a versatile recipe that allows you to customize it to your liking, making it perfect for family dinners, meal prep, or simply indulging in a delicious weeknight meal in the Chinese style.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 cups cold, cooked long-grain rice
  • 2 cups leftover roast chicken, shredded or diced
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, and bell peppers)
  • cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder (my unique twist!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped green onions or fresh parsley leaves for garnish


  • Prepare Your Ingredients: Start by gathering all your ingredients and having them ready. This will make the cooking process smooth and efficient.
  • Heat the Wok: Place a wok or a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, add the minced garlic and chopped onion. Stir-fry for about a minute until they become fragrant and slightly translucent.
  • Scramble the Eggs: Push the garlic and onions to one side of the wok, and pour the beaten eggs into the other side. Quickly scramble the eggs until they're just set, and then mix them with the garlic and onions.
  • Add Chicken and Veggies: Add the shredded leftover roast chicken to the wok, along with the mixed vegetables. Stir-fry for a few minutes until the chicken is heated through and the vegetables start to soften.
  • Incorporate Rice and Seasonings: Add the cold cooked rice to the wok and stir-fry to combine it with the other ingredients. Pour in the soy sauce, sesame oil, ground ginger, and Chinese five-spice powder. Continue to stir-fry, ensuring everything is well mixed.
  • Season to Perfection: Season the fried rice with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference. The Chinese five-spice powder will add a unique and aromatic dimension to the dish.
  • Garnish and Serve: Remove the wok from heat, and garnish your leftover roast chicken fried rice with chopped green onions. The vibrant green color adds a refreshing contrast to the dish. Serve it hot and enjoy!


Cooking Tips for the Best Results:

  1. Use Cold Rice: Cold, day-old rice works best for fried rice as it prevents the grains from becoming mushy. If you’re in a rush, you can spread freshly cooked rice on a baking sheet and refrigerate it for 30 minutes before using.
  2. Customize Your Veggies: Feel free to add your favorite vegetables or whatever you have in your fridge. Mushrooms, broccoli, or even water chestnuts can be delightful additions.
  3. Balancing Act: Adjust the soy sauce and seasoning carefully to avoid over-salting the dish. Remember that soy sauce is salty, so start with a little and add more if needed.
  4. High Heat is Key: Stir-frying on high heat ensures that your fried rice cooks quickly and maintains a delightful texture.
  5. Don’t Overcrowd the Wok: Overcrowding the wok can lead to uneven cooking. If you’re doubling the recipe, consider cooking in batches for the best results.

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FAQs about the Leftover Roast Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice for this recipe?

Yes, you can absolutely use brown rice for a healthier twist. Just ensure it’s fully cooked and cold before adding it to the wok.

What if I don’t have Chinese five-spice powder?

If you don’t have this unique spice blend, you can omit it or substitute it with a pinch of ground cinnamon for a similar aromatic touch.

Is it essential to use leftover roast chicken, or can I use freshly cooked chicken?

Using leftover roast chicken is a great way to reduce food waste, but you can certainly use freshly cooked chicken as well.

Can I make this dish vegetarian by omitting the chicken and using tofu or tempeh instead?

Absolutely! You can customize this recipe to your dietary preferences by substituting the chicken with tofu, tempeh, or extra veggies.

How do I store leftovers, and how long will they stay fresh?

To store leftovers, transfer the fried rice to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop for a quick and delicious meal.

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