This quick and easy fried rice recipe would be the supreme perfect dinner except for one thing…. one of my four kids doesn’t like it!
Ah so close, and yet so far!
But it’s not out of the race yet, because not only is this fried rice quick and easy to make, it’s also really easy to deconstruct it. So my picky eater can have plain rice and veggies and I don’t have to lose my mind trying to find something everyone will eat for dinner. Winning!
And I promise you, this fried rice really does take only ten minutes to make. That’s because you make it with leftovers, and frozen veggies!
Of course you could make it from scratch, but that would take longer, and the best fried rice is always made with day old rice, so really, it’s not worth the hassle!
It is the most delicious way to use leftover rice and roast chicken.
You can use whatever veggies you like, but my lot love good old frozen peas, corn and carrots, which are cheap as chips and I almost always have some in the freezer.
Add an egg, a little garlic and spring onion (if you are not feeding a picky eater or two), and a splash of soy if you like, and you are done.
So quick, so easy, so delicious!
This is also a great dinner recipe for the kids to make, since there is only minimal chopping, and the rice is pre-cooked. Older kids should be able to make this dinner independently, and little ones can help making the egg, shredding the chicken and adding ingredients.
Easy Ten Minute Fried Rice
- 6 cups of leftover cooked rice.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic finely diced
- 2 spring onions, finely chopped
- 2 eggs beaten
- 2 cups frozen peas corn and carrots
- 1 cup leftover roast chicken, shredded or diced.
In a large fry pan or wok, heat 1 tbsp of oil and fry the beaten egg, turning once.
Set the cooked egg aside to cool.
Add the second tablespoon of oil and cook the garlic and spring onions until soft.
Add the chicken and cook over a medium heat until warm.
Add the rice and frozen veggies, stirring well over a medium heat.
Dice the cooked egg and add it to the rice mixture.
Cook all ingredients for 5 minutes, or until everything is hot.
Serve with some soy.
You can leave out the chicken to make this a vegetarian dish, or add some cooked bacon or ham.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 1/2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 360
Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements and temperatures, if you need to convert measurements or temperatures you can find our printable cooking conversion chart here.
There is only a handful of dinners that all four of my kids eat and love, and this fried rice isn’t one of them.
But if you have a picky eater, this meal might work for you like it does for us, because it’s quick, easy, delicious and you can make a simple, acceptable, alternative for your picky eater without fuss. And now you’ve got one more meal to add to your meal plan!
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