Recipe: Garlic chicken fried rice

Recipe courtesy of Asian Food Network

This recipe is easy, can be cooked under 30 minutes and is better than any takeaways!

Extra ingredients such as mushrooms can be added and you can also substitute chicken with beef, pork, lamb or just go vegetarian.


  • Serves 2 people
  • 250 g chicken (minced)
  • 150 g fresh shiitake mushrooms (stalks removed and thinly sliced - substitute with button, shimeji or enoki mushrooms)
  • 2 cups cooked Japanese rice (substitute for jasmine rice)
  • 10 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 3 spring onions (chopped)
  • 1 large red chili (sliced) - optional
  • 3 tbsp Japanese soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp water
  • Vegetable oil
Recipe for delicious, quick and easy chicken fried rice.
Photo credit: Asian Food Network


1) Mix the sauce

  • Stir 3 tbsp Japanese soy sauce, 2 tbsp sugar and 4 tbsp water together, until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.

2) Stir-fry garlic

  • In a pan on medium heat, heat up 3 tbsp vegetable oil. Stir-fry garlic for 2 minutes, until fragrant.

3) Stir-fry chicken

  • Add minced chicken and fry for 3 minutes, until cooked through.
Recipe: Garlic chicken fried rice.
Photo credit: Asian Food Network

4) Add shiitake mushrooms

  • Once chicken is cooked, add shiitake mushroom slices and mix well.

5) Fry rice

  • Toss in cooked rice and sauce.
  • Mix well and stir-fry for another 3 minutes until mushrooms is cooked and rice takes on colour.
  • It's best to use leftover rice from the night before. Refrigerated rice loses its moisture content, and won't be too mushy and wet, resulting in better texture.

6) Toss in spring onions

  • Remove pan from heat and stir in the spring onions, reserving 1 tbsp for garnish.

Plate and serve!

Transfer garlic fried rice into serving plate and garnish with the reserved spring onions and large red chili slices. Serve hot.

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How to make chicken fried rice better than you'd get from takeaways.
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