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posted: 01/08/14

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This Chicken Fried Rice is a simple one-pot dinner the kids will gobble up. Less expensive than takeout with the taste that you crave!Five ingredients, one pot, SUCH an easy weeknight meal!

So the tagline of this recipe should be “An easy one pot dinner the kids will gobble up! . . . . You know, assuming that they are normal and not possessed by an evil spirit that has infested them for the sole purpose of making you certifiably insane before you turn 40.” I thought for sure that this recipe would be a total win with my whole family. Delicious teriyaki? Check. Rice that everyone loves? Check. The neutral and go to chicken? Check. Peas and carrots that everyone always eats without protest? Check. But I didn’t take into account MY kids, who are determined to drive me insane with their pickiness. Haha. I love them!

Nevertheless I’m calling this recipe a win. It’s easy, nutritious, and you really can’t go wrong with a one pot dish.  Just make sure that no Quinnys sneak up to your dinner table and throw your sanity and sense of peace off.

Am I the only one whose kids are bound and determined to send me to the nut house? I’d love to hear from you, friends! Drop me a comment below. Meanwhile, let’s talk teriyaki!

 Five ingredients, one pot, SUCH an easy weeknight meal!


I love this recipe because I can get my take-out fix without spending a lot of money. This dish comes together with just a few simple ingredients:

  • Thinly sliced chicken: I like to keep a bunch of frozen chicken breasts on hand in the freezer for meals like this. Just thaw out two or three breasts and slice them up. The thin slices cook quickly, making this dish come together faster than you can go pick up take-out!
  • Cooked leftover rice: This recipe works best with rice that’s at least four hours old. If you start out with sticky, freshly cooked rice, it’ll turn out soggy without those separate grains that makes for good fried rice. Refrigerating about a day ahead of time will give the grains time to dry out and give your rice a perfect texture.
  • Next, you’ll need some teriyaki sauce: Use your favorite brand, any kind will do. You can also make your own, but I tend to have a bottle in my fridge at all times. It’s so easy to toss into noodles, rice, veggies, anything.
  • Speaking of veggies, that’s your final ingredient. I like to use frozen peas and carrots since that’s what my sweet darling picky eaters will tolerate. But you can use any kind of frozen vegetables you like!

 Five ingredients, one pot, SUCH an easy weeknight meal!


  • Not a fan of peas and carrots? Try tossing in some broccoli, pea pods, green beans, corn, a stir-fry mix, frozen vegetables, anything you like! I like using frozen vegetables that are already cooked so it comes together even faster.
  • Swap out the chicken for sliced pork, steak or even ground turkey.

Five ingredients, one pot, SUCH an easy weeknight meal!


I hope you love this easy chicken fried rice recipe. It’s absolutely delicious, full of flavor and could not be easier to prepare. Please drop me a comment below and as always, be sure to follow me on Facebook or Instagram for more ideas! Enjoy!!

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Teriyaki Chicken Fried Rice

Serves: 4
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
This Chicken Fried Rice is a simple one-pot dinner the kids will gobble up. Less expensive than takeout with the taste that you crave!


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 lb chicken sliced thin
  • 3 cups cooked left over rice at least four hours old
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 2 cups frozen veggies I used peas and carrots


  • Heat the oil over medium high heat. Cook the chicken until it is browned on the outside.
  • Add the left over rice and cook for about five minutes.
  • Add the Teriyaki sauce and stir to coat the chicken and the rice.
  • Add the frozen vegetables and continue cooking another two to three minutes to ensure that they are warmed to the temperature of the rest of the dish.
Serving: 1serving Calories: 510kcal (26%) Carbohydrates: 61g (20%) Protein: 31g (62%) Fat: 16g (25%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g Monounsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 108mg (36%) Sodium: 820mg (36%) Potassium: 342mg (10%) Fiber: 5g (21%) Sugar: 28g (31%) Vitamin A: 70IU (1%) Vitamin C: 10mg (12%) Calcium: 2mg Iron: 14mg (78%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: dinner
Cuisine: asian

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  1. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says

    Yes yes and more yes! Looks gorgeous! Can you ship me some? ;)

    • Lisa Longley says

      Just come up Jocelyn! And bring some of your amazing desserts ;)

  2. Cate @ Chez CateyLou says

    I definitely think you can call this a win – it looks great! Such a perfect weeknight meal full of delicious flavors and healthy ingredients, for sure a winner!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Cate!

  3. Heather @ French Press says

    it looks like a winner to me,and it sounds like Stella and Quinn are twins

    • Lisa Longley says

      Lol Heather! Then you will have to counsel me through the next 14 years :)

  4. Amy of while wearing heels says

    Could this really be this easy? I’m pinning, I’m making and I’m eating. Can’t wait!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So easy Amy! And it wouldn’t be hard to change up with other meats or veggies :)

  5. Self Sagacity says

    I have a lot of people in my circle who would really appreciate that I make some of this dish! I should give this a go. :-) Have a great weekend.

  6. Carrie @ Kenarry Ideas for the Home says

    I can’t believe how simple this recipe is. Your photos make it look delicious. My husband is a big fan of teriyaki so we’ll definitely have to give this one a try! Thanks!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Carrie! It’s seriously sooooo easy. And you could change it up with different meats, veggies, and even sauces :)

  7. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says

    I have 2 boys that must be Quinny’s BFF’s. I’m like hey!!!! Delicious food!!! And they’re like ummm…. yeah I’m not hungry.
    So I’m hoping they aren’t hungry when I make this cause I don’t feel like sharing. So excited Tanya added it to our meal plan this week!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yeah . . . my post for tomorrow was just a no go with Quinn. Even though I thought it was the bees knees!

  8. Annie says

    This looks amazing! What kind of chicken did you use?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Annie! I used just regular chicken breasts, a pound uncooked. Though you could make this even easier and just use some rotisserie chicken.


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