Our Blackstone Chicken Fried Rice is one of those meals that is really great for one of “those” days. You know the ones. The days when you really want to call for pizza or takeout or ANYTHING that doesn’t involve you cooking. I have a few quick and easy meals up my sleeve that I can throw together and have on the table fairly quickly, and they totally save my budget on a regular basis. This is one of our favorites.
Blackstone Chicken Fried Rice
Whenever I make rice, I ALWAYS try to make extra to stick in the fridge for fast weeknight dinners later on in the week. One of my favorite ways is to whip up some fried rice.
Chicken fried rice is a perfect way to stretch a little bit of meat over a lot of people, use up leftovers that might otherwise get thrown out, and even picky eaters in my house love a big hot bowl of fried rice.
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Chicken Fried Rice shopping list
Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Canola oil
- Sesame oil
- Peas and carrots
- Chicken breasts or thighs
- Jasmine rice (cooked and chilled)
- Soy sauce
- MSG (optional)
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How to make Chicken Fried Rice on the griddle
This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.
Chicken fried rice is easy to make at home if you know a few key things. If you don’t do the first two, you end up with rice mush.
1. Cold (Cooked) Rice
2. HOT HOT HOT griddle
3. Sesame oil
Give your griddle a chance to fully preheat. It should take 10-15 minutes. Fire it up over high heat.
Put down some oil and get cooking! We do the chicken and vegetables first, then move it to a cooler spot on the griddle, and then move onto the rice + eggs. When it is all hot the rice got a little color on it, mix it all together.
There are more detailed instructions at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
Serve with your favorite stir fry or on its own as a meal!
Chicken Fried Rice FAQ
What’s the best cut of chicken to use for this recipe?
We use boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs, or a combination of the two for our chicken fried rice and stir fry dishes. The thighs will maintain their quality longer if you are planning to make enough for leftovers that you’ll be reheating. Still, they are also typically more expensive than chicken breast, which also does a fine job in this dish, so really – use whatever you prefer or have on hand.
Is the MSG mandatory? And isn’t it bad for you?
MSG isn’t mandatory, and isn’t really a staple in most American kitchens these days. It is, however, readily available in most major grocery stores, which is a change from years past. Also – P.S. MSG isn’t “bad” for you. Like all foods, it is best in moderation, but there is actually evidence that suggests that not only is it a perfectly acceptable ingredient to use, but the anti-MSG sentiment actually has roots in anti-Asian racism. Yikes.
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What’s the best way to store and reheat the leftovers?
We let ours cool, throw it all in a big freezer baggie, and stick it in the fridge. I reheat mine in the microwave. Easy stuff, and it makes a great make-ahead take-along lunch!
Serve with our Homemade Egg Rolls!
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- 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 cups of mixed peas and carrots
- 1/4 cup finely diced onion
- 2 cups cubed chicken breast or thigh
- 6 cups cold jasmine rice
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon MSG (optional)
- Preheat your gas griddle over high heat. Let it really get hot. 10-15 minutes is usually necessary to make sure it is fully preheated.
- Put 1 tablespoon of oil and a few shakes of sesame oil on the griddle. Stir fry peas, carrots, onion, and chicken until hot and the chicken is no longer pink. Move to the side of the griddle to keep warm. If you have the ability, reduce the temperature on that side of the griddle to medium.
- Put another tablespoon of oil down and several more shakes of sesame oil. Stir fry cold rice over high heat for 3-4 minutes. Stir in chicken and vegetables.
- Add soy sauce to taste and stir well. Scoot rice over to one side of griddle and quickly cook the scrambled eggs. Gently mix eggs into rice mixture.
- Sprinkle the whole thing with MSG and stir, if you are using it.
- Serve hot.
You can skip the MSG if you'd rather and still have a delicious bowl of fried rice, but that restaurant-style flavor has a lot to do with the MSG, so take that into account.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 435Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 718mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 29g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!
Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.