Better Than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice
Is there anything better than takeout chicken fried rice? Oh yea…how about this version made with blood sugar friendly RightRice Fried Rice Medley that can be prepped in just 15 minutes! This simple recipe is my family’s newest favorite dish and I know it will be yours as well.
This post has been sponsored by RightRice. As always, all opinions are my own.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- I swap traditional white rice with blood sugar friendly RightRice Fried Rice Medley, a blend of veggie and protein-packed RightRice, ancient grains, and even more veggies with more protein, more fiber, and fewer net carbs vs traditional fried rice
- You can prep this entire meal in just minutes.
- With more vegetables and fewer refined carbohydrates, this recipe tastes just as good as your favorite takeout, but with less impact on blood sugar.
What you’ll need
RightRice: Using the already seasoned RightRice Fried Rice Medley means you can make a delicious, flavorful dish in minutes since most of the prep work is done for you! All you have to do is boil water, and RightRice Fried Rice Medley is ready in just 12 minutes.
Skinless chicken breast: Choosing skinless chicken breast is a great way to add lean protein to help you stay satisfied while reducing added fat that can come from incorporating higher fat cuts of meat or poultry skin. This allows you to enjoy the same great taste with a recipe that is lower in calories and saturated fat than traditional takeout versions.
Vegetables: The great part about this recipe is its versatility. You can incorporate traditional chicken fried rice vegetables such as carrots and peas or get creative and add in your own favorites. For this recipe, I used a combination of onions, bell peppers, carrots, and peas, but feel free to add in anything you like. This recipe works great with broccoli, bean sprouts, string beans, and mushrooms as well.
How to make chicken fried rice
- In a large non-stick pan or wok, bring oil over medium heat and add chicken. Cook the chicken for 5-6 minutes, flipping intermittently, so it cooks evenly and reaches an internal temperature of 165 F. Note: cook time will vary on the size and thickness of chicken pieces.
- While the chicken is cooking, prepare RightRice Fried Rice Medley in a separate pot according to package directions and set aside.
- When chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 F, remove from the pan while leaving juices behind. Note: using a slotted spoon can help with this step.
- Add your chopped vegetables and garlic into your pan. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften.
- Push the vegetables to one side of the pan to allow to continue cooking while scrambling eggs on the other side. Scramble eggs until they are cooked throughout.
- Mix together your vegetables and eggs and add chicken and rice into the pan. Stir to mix evenly, then drizzle with soy sauce. Add salt and pepper if desired.
- Allow ingredients to cook in pan for additional 2-3 minutes until vegetables are tender and chicken is reheated. Then plate and serve warm!
Traditional takeout chicken fried rice is made with white rice, however this rice provides little fiber and can cause spikes in blood sugar. The best choice for making fried rice at home is to swap out white rice and use RightRice Fried Rice Medley instead. This swap provides all of the same delicious flavor with more protein and fiber and fewer net carbs.
One of the best things about this recipe is how versatile it can be. You can add pretty much any vegetable you enjoy into this dish and it works! Traditional fried rice is made with carrots and peas, which I include in this recipe. But you can also add in the vegetables I show in the recipe such as bell peppers and onions, or throw in other colorful produce you enjoy. String beans, broccoli, bean sprouts, and mushrooms are just some options that all work great in this dish.
Yes! You can eat fried rice with diabetes, however you do want to make a few simple swaps for the best result when it comes to managing blood sugar. In traditional fried rice recipes, white rice is used which can send blood sugar soaring. For this recipe, I swapped out refined rice with RightRice Fried Rice Medley instead to provide more fiber and protein with fewer carbs for a more blood sugar friendly dish. Adding in lean protein from chicken breast and eggs along with lots of non-starchy vegetables can be a great way to make a filling fried rice recipe that has less impact on your blood sugar levels.
What I love about this recipe is that it is so easy to use in meal prep. You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to three days or freeze individual servings and reheat them for quick and easy meals for up to three months.
Why this recipe is better than takeout chicken fried rice
Oh I am so glad you asked! There are so many reasons I love this recipe more than traditional takeout. The first reason is for the health benefits. This dish is much lower in refined carbohydrates, sodium, and added fats than traditional takeout chicken fried rice. So, if you are watching your calorie intake, your carbs, or your sodium, this recipe will work better for you. In addition, making this recipe at home allows me to load up on the vegetables I add into the dish. Which means per serving there is more fiber and overall nutrition. Plus, the added vegetables along with the swap to use RightRice Medley over white rice leads to a fiber-rich dish that will allow you to feel satisfied without large spikes in blood sugar that may result from eating traditional takeout versions.
Looking for other delicious dinner ideas your family may love that are also blood-sugar friendly? Give these a try:
The Easiest Low Carb Baked Feta Rice
High Fiber Watermelon Salad with Coconut Rice
Ready to give this recipe a try & see how much better it is than traditional takeout? Fire up the stove & go get started. And make sure you tell me what you think by giving it a 5-star rating & sharing it with me on Instagram by tagging me @ErinPalinskiWade
Chicken Fried Rice
- Large non-stick pan or wok
- Cooking pot
- 3 Tbs sesame oil (or canola oil)
- 1 lbs skinless chicken breast, cut into ½ inch pieces
- 1 Tbs minced garlic
- ½ cup sweet onion, diced
- ¼ cup bell pepper, any color, diced
- ¼ cup carrots, diced
- ½ cup peas, frozen or fresh
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 package RightRice Fried Rice Medley https://rightrice.com/products/rightrice-medley-fried-rice
- 3 Tsp low sodium soy sauce
- Salt & pepper to taste
- In a large non-stick pan or wok, bring oil over medium heat and add chicken. Cook for 5-6 minutes, flipping intermittently, so chicken cooks evenly and reaches an internal temperature of 165 F. Note: cook time will vary on the size and thickness of chicken pieces.
- While the chicken is cooking, prepare RightRice Fried Rice Medley in a separate pot according to package directions.
- Remove chicken from pan, leaving juices behind.
- Add vegetables and garlic. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until they begin to soften, stirring occasionally.
- Move vegetables to one side of pan and add whisked eggs to the other side. Scramble eggs until cooked throughout.
- Add chicken and prepared RightRice into the pan. Drizzle with soy sauce and mix evenly. Add salt and pepper to taste if desired.
- Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until vegetables are tender and chicken is reheated. Serve warm.
- Makes 4 servings.