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Chicken and bacon fried rice recipe

Chicken and bacon fried rice recipe

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Lots of crispy pieces of bacon and plenty of spring onions make this an enjoyable dish! It doesn't take long to prepare, especially if you are opt to use leftover chicken to begin with.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 700ml water
  • 285g easy cook rice
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks, or leftover roast chicken
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 100g chopped spring onions
  • 120ml soy sauce, or to taste

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:30min

  1. Bring water to the boil in a saucepan. Stir rice into boiling water. Cook rice until softened, according to the instructions on the packet.
  2. Heat oil in a separate pan over medium heat. Cook chicken in hot oil until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Fry bacon in a large wok or frying pan over medium-high until hot and cooked through but not too crispy, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove bacon to a plate lined with kitchen paper. Drain bacon fat from wok, reserving 1 to 2 tablespoons in the bottom of the wok. Cut bacon into small pieces and set aside.
  4. Return wok to medium-high heat and heat up the bacon grease. Combine rice, chicken, bacon, spring onions and soy sauce in the wok; cook and stir until evenly mixed and hot, 2 to 3 minutes.

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Reviews in English (14)

by kindrexsnap

I make this often for my husband, but usually we have this as a main dish rather than a side. I do add in a few extras, though: an egg (omelet-style, cut into small strips), 1 t. of curry powder, frozen peas or shelled edamame, and red pepper flakes to taste.Sometimes I'll omit the egg and add drained pineapple to change it up.All around a great basic recipe with room for a little creativity, and the leftovers are indeed amazing.-08 Oct 2012

by Faith N

We omitted the green onion as I'm the only one that will eat them here but otherwise followed the directions as instructed. We really enjoyed this, my husband asked me to fix it again. I'm not sure how the rice was supposed to turn out (it was more greasy/mushy than anything) but had a really good flavor. Went great with a loaded baked potato (no, we don't count calories like we should) and green beans!-29 Dec 2012

by srhglsn73

This recipe is amazing!! I did change up a few things: regular white rice instead of instant, purple onion sauteed, celery and some chicken bullion. This is now my go to chicken fried rice recipe.-03 Mar 2019

Bacon Fried Rice

I wish words could convey how delicious this bacon fried rice is.

Delicious, appetizing, delectable, exquisite… No, nope! Not even close to expressing it.

So I’m gonna leave that up to you. Make this recipe, then come back here and tell me how life changing it was!

My family absolutely loves it and requests it all the time. They even eat it for breakfast! I mean… it’s got bacon and eggs, so I suppose it’s acceptable, right?

The good news is that it’s very easy to make, so you can quickly whip it up whenever the craving hits.

Because, believe me, it will!

In this post, you will learn:

Chicken Bacon Rice Bowls


  • 4 pieces of bacon, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1.5 pounds chicken, cut into 1 inch cubes (I used skinless, boneless breasts)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans of diced green chiles
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, riced (use a shredding attachment on a food processor to rice the cauliflower)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • avocado, to garnish
  • green onions, to garnish


  1. Place a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add pieces of bacon and cook until crispy then remove and set aside on paper towel. Remove some of the bacon fat from the pot if needed, leaving behind about 3-4 tablespoons.
  2. Add garlic cloves, yellow onion and chicken. Sprinkle with a bit of salt. Cook until chicken is almost cooked through. Then add diced tomatoes, green chiles and cauliflower and mix well. Add a good amount of salt (the cauliflower will soak up a lot) then add chili powder and red pepper flakes. Mix well, place heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. When done simmering, mix in bacon pieces into the rice mixture.
  4. Place in bowl, garnish with a bit of salt and pepper, avocado and green onions.

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Bacon Fried Rice

It is one of the easy leftover rice recipes and it’s perfect for a meal prep. Bacon fried rice reheats well in a microwave and prep can be also divided into stages, if needed.

To make bacon egg fried rice you will need 9 ingredients that you more likely already have in the fridge or pantry, so why not elevate your meal with this tasty side.

This post includes more tips and serving suggestions to make sure your bacon fried rice turns out perfect as well as ideas how to reduce the cooking time!

How to make bacon fried rice with egg

There are a few ways you can prepare this tasty side dish. This is the way I do it:

First, cook bacon to your liking. Transfer it onto a plate. I like to line it with paper kitchen towel to get rid of any excess fat. Then, in the same pan/wok/skillet, cook carrots and peas. These will take the longest (about 10 minutes) and I cook them together, but you can add the peas later, if you like.

When ready, transfer them on the same plate with bacon (or use another bowl). Use the same pan to scramble the eggs. If it’s dry, add a little bit of oil. Note: Instead of sesame oil, you can use fat from bacon to make this bacon fried rice).

Remove the eggs from the pan. Add the leftover sesame oil and cooked rice. Fry for a few minutes, then add soy sauce and pepper. Taste it and add salt, if needed.

Finally stir in the bacon, scrambled eggs and veggies and you are done!

What rice to use when making fried rice?

Any long-grain rice works great! Jasmine or basmati are good choices. You can also use either white or brown.

Optional extras/add-ons:

  • Spring onion (add it right before serving)
  • Chives
  • Onion (can be added to carrots and peas or substituted for one of them. If omitting carrots, you won’t need to be adding water at all so you will save extra 5 minutes).

Serving Suggestions:

I like serving fried rice with chicken. My favorites are Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs and Air Fryer Chicken Thighs, but a Whole Chicken is also a delicious choice.

Some kind of salad completes the meal, but it’s optional. Creamy Red Coleslaw or Feta & Beet Salad are tasty choices, but you can make anything you like.

Now that being said, you can serve this bacon and egg fried rice with anything you like. I also enjoy it on its own, instead of a quick lunch.

For a complete meal, you can also add some cooked shrimp in, if you like!

Tips for making the best bacon fried rice

  • If you have a small skillet, don’t bother mixing everything in it. Just cook everything separately, like it is stated in the recipe, but instead of mixing all the ingredients in the same skillet or wok, you can simply transfer them into a large bowl and combine everything there.
  • The level of saltiness will be different for every single one of you. This will depend on how salty the bacon you are using is, how much salt you added to your rice and also what kind of soy sauce you use. For that reason, taste this bacon fried rice before you add the salt as it might not be needed at all!
  • It’s important to finely dice the carrot. Large chunks will take way longer to cook which will cause overcooking the peas completely.
  • You can pre-cook carrots and peas in advance – say in the morning or the night before (steam them or boil them). This should reduce the cook time down to 8 minutes!
  • Eggs can be omitted if you don’t want to or can’t use them.

If you like this bacon fried rice, you might also like these easy fried rice recipes:

The chicken in your chicken fried rice

Chicken is a healthy and quick-cooking protein that many of us have in our homes on any given day. Here, it bulks up a grain and veggie heavy dinner to provide protein, flavor, and texture.

We like the simplicity of a single boneless, skinless chicken breast — simply dice and cook. You can just as easily swap in two boneless skinless chicken thighs with no change to the recipe. Whichever you choose, go for one-inch cubes to allow it to cook but not overcook in the short cooking time of this fried rice recipe.

Don't be afraid to try alternatives for your proteins in this chicken fried rice recipe. Ground meats like turkey or beef, vegan proteins like tofu or chickpeas, or even something as simple as bacon can be added instead with delicious results.

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This was a complete waste of time, money & food! I can't believe it even made it here.

This was a great little recipe for using up leftovers. I added some hot sauce to the mix with good results. Sometimes frugal can be very delicious!

Instant quick favorite. The sesame oil coats the pan and transfers to the rice to make it smoky and delicious. I did eyeball the ingredients and probably added a bit more than called for on the sauces.

Why so bland? This recipe, entitled "Dinner For Two" would better have been named "Dinner For Two-Year Olds". After tasting, I added more soy sauce and crushed red pepper flakes. Mediocre at best.

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Typically, it’s served with stir fried chicken, beef or shrimp that’s smothered in an Asian sauce or gravy. Here are some of of my family favorites:

You can also add a salad to this meal such as this Asian Cucumber Salad (One Bowl).

Some people also serve soups on the side such as this Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (One Pot) or this Egg Drop Soup (One Pot).

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Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

This recipe came about one night because I had some leftover rice. We love ham fried rice, but alas, we had no ham. So I tried chicken and threw in a few other ingredients. Chicken Fried Rice was born.

We all loved it, so I have made it several times since then. I usually just throw all the ingredients in the electric skillet, so I had to measure everything this time so I could post something that actually made sense.

You can adapt any of the vegetables to suit your own taste (or to use what you have in your refrigerator.) It is a great dinner that can prepared in just minutes, and the leftovers are fabulous.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 560,
  • Protein
  • 19 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 77 g,
  • Fat
  • 21 g,
  • Fibre
  • 5 g,
  • Sodium
  • 960 mg.

Kitchen tip

Cold leftover rice is typically used in fried rice recipes, because freshly cooked can make the rice too sticky. If you don’t have any leftovers, cook rice following package directions, then spread on a baking sheet and let cool slightly before using.