Chicken Fried Rice, made on a sheet pan in the oven! It is so easy and comes together quick. Adding chicken turns this into a main dish, making all my Chinese food dreams come true. I can’t be the only one who eats fried rice by the shovelful right? 

chicken fried rice

We got new credit cards yesterday, and Eric handed me the new card with a pen to sign it. I was this close to accidentally signing the magnetic stripe at the top that you actually need in order to swipe the card. I was congratulating myself on not being an idiot when I hear Eric, “this pen isn’t working. Wait…” He was trying to sign the magnetic stripe. Karen: 1 Eric: 0. Or really maybe it should just be Karen: 0 Eric: -1.

chicken fried rice recipe

Are you guys Chinese food people? We all just want to eat fried rice as our main dish, right? Is this just me? I remember when we would get Chinese takeout as a kid, I was not that into it. Basically all I ate were the wontons, the tiny corn on the cobs that I thought were the coolest thing ever, and mountains of fried rice.

fried rice recipe

As an adult I’ve come around on Chinese food. I wonder if I would like the food in China as opposed to the American version of Chinese food. Nothing has made me want to eat authentic Chinese food as much as reading Crazy Rich Asians, have you read that book yet?? It’s hilarious. I hear there is a movie coming out this summer! I’m super excited.

How to make chicken fried rice

chopped carrots and onion

You want to chop your carrots pretty small. The smaller they are, the faster they will cook in the oven.

Pouring eggs onto pan with veggies

Here’s how to make scrambled eggs in the oven! Only takes 3 minutes, and no frying pan to wash.

Spreading rice on top of veggies in pan

I added the peas and rice at the same time, but the recipe calls for adding the peas at the end. They don’t need to be cooked that long, they basically just need to thaw out and be warmed. So throw them in at the end.

Well now that I’ve figured out how to turn fried rice into a main dish (add chicken), I’m never going back. Chinese food forever. Or at least Chicken Fried Rice forever.

I made this on a sheet pan because I’m lazy and it’s summertime. Standing over the stove sounded hot, so I decided to crank up the AC, turn on the oven, and get out of the kitchen. It worked great.

chicken fried rice

This recipe is great because you can literally throw in any vegetable you want. Have some green beans lying around? Toss them in! Frozen corn in your freezer? Yes please. But peas and carrots are my personal favorite. They are such a great combo, just like in this Classic Shepherd’s Pie.

Fried rice is my go-to meal when I have leftover rice. And I ALWAYS have leftover rice. Every time I make it I’m like, okay, four people, four cups of rice, right? WRONG. I never learn. I always have a ton leftover, and you can’t really freeze it. Chicken Fried Rice is a great way to use up leftover rice when you are a bad estimator like me.

Serve this fried rice with Asian Marinated Cucumber Salad! That would be so good!

chicken fried rice recipe

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Asian Pork Tenderloin with Ginger Glaze << this one is very popular! And made in the slow cooker. Someone told me the other day that they added shredded leftovers of this to fried rice. GENIUS!

Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggies << Rosemary and lime on this chicken makes it amazing!

Spicy Pork Fried Rice from Family Food on the Table

Cauliflower Fried Rice from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

5 Ingredient Vegetable Fried Brown Rice from Aggie’s Kitchen

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Sheet Pan Chicken Fried Rice

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
This Chicken Fried Rice is made on a sheet pan in the oven! It is so easy and comes together quick. Adding chicken turns this into a main dish, making all my Chinese food dreams come true. I can't be the only one who eats fried rice by the shovelful right? 


  • 1 & 1/2 pounds chicken breast, diced
  • 1 & 1/2 cups carrots, diced (4 medium)
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced (1 medium)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • salt and pepper, to season eggs
  • 5 cups day old cooked rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup green onions, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped


  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • Dice the raw chicken, carrots, bell pepper, and onion. You want the chicken to be in 1/2 or 1 inch pieces. The carrots should be diced pretty small, they cook the slowest. The smaller they are diced the faster they will cook. See photos.
  • Add the chicken, carrots, bell pepper, and onion to the prepared sheet pan.
  • In a small bowl, melt the butter. Stir in the garlic, salt, ginger, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sesame oil. Add 1/4 cup of this mixture to the chicken and veggies on the pan (the rest will be mixed into the rice). Toss the chicken and veggies with your hands or a wooden spoon to get it all coated. Spread it out evenly.
  • Roast in the oven for 6 minutes.
  • Pour the remaining butter/soy sauce mixture over your day-old rice. (don't bother washing the small bowl) Stir it together and break up the rice if there are chunks. Set aside.
  • In the same small bowl that you mixed the butter in, whisk together 4 eggs and season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  • After 6 minutes, take the pan out of the oven and use a spatula to move the chicken and veggies over so that 1/4 of the pan is empty (see photos). Pour the eggs directly on the pan.
  • Return the pan to the oven and bake for 3-4 minutes. Keep an eye on it!
  • When the eggs are just barely set, take the pan out and use a spatula to "scramble" the eggs. Break them up and mix it in with the chicken and veggies.
  • Add the rice on top of the chicken and spread evenly.
  • Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.
  • Toss everything together with a spatula and bake for another 15 minutes, until the rice is looking a bit browned on top and there isn't too much moisture on the bottom of the pan. Test one of the carrots to see if it is tender.
  • Toss in the frozen peas and stir. The peas should thaw very quickly, but if you are worried about it, pop the pan back in the oven for another minute or two to make sure the peas are warmed.
  • Garnish with green onions and cilantro. Serve hot! This would be delicious served with Asian Marinated Cucumber Salad.


If you don't have day-old rice and need to make this TODAY (i get it) just make some rice (about 2 cups dry) and spread it out onto a sheet pan to cool, uncovered. Stick it in the fridge for a half hour or so to get it to dry out a bit. 


Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 212mg | Sodium: 1317mg | Potassium: 805mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6979IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Calories: 524
Keyword: chicken, fried rice, sheet pan
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  1. This sounds fantastic – i love to pan cooking!  But I’m wondering why you think you can’t freeze rice? I intentionally cook large batches of rice & freeze it in either Mason jars or a ziploc bag (in whatever portion size is appropriate) all the time.

  2. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe and have made it many times! Asian inspired food is so delicious and this recipe is simple, flavorful and fairly hearty. I like that it makes a fair amount because it’s a wonderfully flavorful leftover and so easily rewarmed. Made with organic ingredients it’s very healthy and delicious! Thank You, Food Charlatan!!

  3. Karen,

    I recently started being a stay at home mom, again. Which leaves me with not much else to do as my youngest are now 15 and 11. I spend a great deal of my days looking for new and different recipes.

    I’ve stumbled upon your site and I can easily say yours is the best! I’ve made about 6 things of yours so far and my family has gobbled up everything and LOVED it all. The biggest hit was the Tejano Carne Guisda and the tradional Tejano beans. My husband even said MY beans were better than his. Which is saying a lot as he is quite the accomplished chef. Please pass on my thanks to your sister and her husband’s family and the outstanding meal!

    I’m trying my hand at the sheet pan fried rice tomorrow and am super excited not to have to stand over a hot stove.

    Thanks for your amazing recipes and your funny family stories!

    1. Angel, thank you for your sweet note!! Comments like this always make me smile so much! I’m so glad to hear that the recipes you’ve tried have been successful, and that you are getting a reputation of your own alongside your chef husband :) I will definitely tell my sister and her husband how beloved their Tejano recipes are! Enjoy the chicken fried rice, it’s a crowd pleaser!

  4. I love fried rice! I can’t wait to try your recipe! As an FYI, I always make extra rice so I can package the extra and freeze it. It’s great! Whenever I need rice I thaw it in the fridge and then heat in the microwave and serve. Always nice to not have to wash a rice pot. :)

    1. Okay this is a great tip Lynne! I didn’t know you could freeze rice! I thought it would get super mushy. I’m going to have to experiment with this!! Thanks for commenting, this could be life changing! ;)

  5. This was so nice, I only used one tablespoon of butter.
    So easy to make and everyone loved it. I added what vegies I had in my fridge at the time, this is def my new favourite fried rice recipe.

    1. I’m so glad it worked out for you Kazg! That is awesome that it still tasted great with less butter. Good to know! I should try that so I don’t die young ;) Thanks for coming back to comment, i love it!

  6. This was fabulous! Lots of flavor and easy to prepare. I increased all of the ingredients as I had to feed 9. Will definitely make again!

    1. That is awesome Debi, I’m so glad you were able to adjust it! It’s a good way to feed a crowd. Thanks for your comment! I love getting reviews like this.

  7. Crazy Rich Asians is one of my guilty pleasures.  I read all three and wanted to eat dumplings the entire time.

    1. It’s so funny right?? I’m jealous, I need to get my hands on the sequels!! And some dumplings!! ;)

  8. All foodies are alike in that we think constantly about dishes to make.  Your recipes are just what I’ve been looking for to add to my gazillion other good ones.  I want to make them all!

    1. It’s so true Gay!! I never stop thinking about what I’m going to make next!! Thank you so much, you will have to let me know what you try out first. Thanks for commenting Gay!

  9. This looks amazing and I can’t wait to make it. Did you use day-old minute rice or long grain? Thanks!

    1. Hey Jodi, thanks I hope you love it! I used long grain rice, but you can use whatever you have on hand! Let me know how it turns out :)

  10. I can’t count how many times I’ve almost signed the magnetic strip of my credit cards!!! And I never feel like the box they give is enough space. EVER! This is such a great meal idea Karen! Love it!!! I can’t eat Chinese food out usually. It always makes me sick. So I’ve resorted to always making it at home. I’ll be making this!

    1. Hahaha!! That makes me feel a little bit better Chels. And you’re right, the box is certainly not big enough for those of us with John Hancock signatures. I’m so happy to hear you’ll be making this, it really is so good! I’m with you, sometimes I get a little queasy if I eat too much Chinese food. It’s a lot better at home!

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