Chicken Fried Brown Rice

Next time the craving for delivery hits, try this Chicken Fried Brown Rice! A healthy, gluten free dinner recipe that has the bonus of delicious leftovers.

Chicken Fried Brown Rice in white bowls with chopsticks and sliced green onions in the background.

We also love this air fryer Nando’s chicken recipe for another homemade spin on a takeout favorite. Check it out!

Chinese food is one of those things that I rarely eat anymore now that I’m a little more educated on things like sodium intake and the dangers of fried foods. It also can be pretty costly to get food delivered. I will confess that I miss it from time to time.

Especially the chicken fried rice. Well, I will no longer feel deprived thanks to this super delicious and equally nutritious re-creation.

Subbing in healthy whole grain brown rice for the vitamin and mineral-deficient white version makes this meal so much healthier and beneficial. Add in fresh vegetables sauteed in toasted sesame oil instead of god knows what, protein-packed eggs and chicken, and let’s not forget my fabulous faux “soy” sauce and we are ready to wok and roll!

And yes, I do laugh at my own jokes … someone has to. 😉

CHICKEN FRIED BROWN RICE

Chicken Fried Brown Rice in white bowls with chopsticks and sliced green onions in the background.

Instead of a wok, however, I used a cast iron skillet.

Did you know that using cast iron cookware adds a little iron to the food that you cook in it? Good to know, if like me, you have low iron levels. Ladies, during certain ‘times of the month’ we can all be low in iron so it can’t hurt to boost it during these days.

If you are looking for info on iron, check out this great post by RD, Chelsea!

HEALTHY CHICKEN FRIED RICE INGREDIENTS:

 

HOW TO  MAKE CHICKEN FRIED BROWN RICE – Step by step

Chicken Fried Brown Rice

Heat up your oil in your skillet. I strongly recommend using toasted sesame oil for this recipe. It adds an authentic taste and smells amazing when it warms up in the skillet. You will use it up because this dish will be made again in your kitchen.

Trust me on this one.

I’ve also used this oil before in this tasty salad recipe if you’d like more ways to utilize it.

Add in the chopped veggies and saute them until crisp tender.

Ingredients in a cast iron pan

Then add in the garlic and give it a good stir.

Crack in a couple of eggs and scramble away.

Ingredients in a cast iron pan

Once the eggs are cooked through add in your brown rice, chicken and faux “soy” sauce.

Your healthy fried brown rice is about to all come together.

Ingredients in a cast iron pan
Ingredients in a cast iron pan
Ingredients in a cast iron pan

Using pre-cooked chicken and rice really speeds up the time it takes to make this dish.

I always recommend cooking extra gains and proteins and storing them in glass storage containers in your fridge.

If you have them you will use them.

Chicken Fried Brown Rice in white bowls with chopsticks and sliced green onions in the background.

This meal passed ‘the man test’ which is an incredible feat for something that features brown rice.

Seriously, Joe will refuse certain meals without even tasting them if he hears ingredients like brown rice or quinoa, but the aroma of this dish cooking had him hovering around the kitchen waiting for a plate.

Said plate was promptly returned, clean as a whistle, ready for seconds.

That, my friends, means something. 🙂

Chicken Fried Brown Rice in white bowls with chopsticks and sliced green onions in the background.

Just like delivery Chinese food, leftovers the next day were even better.

MORE GLUTEN FREE CHICKEN RECIPES:

Chicken Avocado Salad with Toasted Pecans

Greek Chicken and Lentil Salad

Spicy Three Bean Chicken Soup

Chicken with Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

Gluten Free Chicken Fingers

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Spinach

*Originally posted September 20, 2013. Updated January 28, 2020*

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Chicken Fried Brown Rice

Sharon Rhodes
Next time the craving for delivery hits, try this Chicken Fried Brown Rice! A healthy, gluten free dinner recipe that has the bonus of delicious leftovers.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 303 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Heat sesame oil in a large skillet on medium heat.
  • Add onion and peppers and sauté until crisp tender, 5-7 minutes
  • Add in the minced garlic and stir for 1 minute
  • Crack eggs over the vegetables and stir, mixing well
  • Once the eggs are cooked through add the cooked brown rice, chicken, and the faux “soy” sauce and stir until everything is heated through, 5-10 minutes.
  • Enjoy warm, garnished with sliced green onions and sesame seeds

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 20gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 598mgPotassium: 352mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1060IUVitamin C: 40mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chicken fried brown rice, gluten free chicken recipes
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8 Comments

  1. Thanks for the shout out! 🙂

    I don’t eat Chinese food as much anymore now either and I miss it too. I would always order from Le Chinois and they seriously have the most amazing orange chicken ever. I loved the fried rice also! Thanks for coming up with this healthier alternative – I’m definitely going to try this soon. And maybe I’ll treat myself to some orange chicken to go with it. 😉

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