Spicy Chicken Fried Rice

August 6, 2014 by Ali

This spicy chicken fried rice recipe is kicked up a notch with some sriracha. And it's ready to go in less than 20 minutes!

Spicy Chicken Fried Rice -- kicked up a notch with some sriracha, and ready to go in about 20 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

A few months ago, I discovered that I have a fried-rice-obsessed kindred spirit in my neighbor, John.

This guy may be the first person I’ve met who loves fried rice as I do, and also loves judging sampling it at local restaurants as much as I do. I still hold that my homemade fried rice recipe is my favorite. But it turns out that John and I agree on the fact that a local Chinese restaurant in our neighborhood makes the best fried rice that you can order on a menu.


John blew my mind at one of our neighbor nights a few weeks ago when he showed up with spicy chicken fried rice from said restaurant.

Hold the Chinese-takeout phone.

I had no idea that there was any other option at this place between pork, chicken, beef, shrimp, or combination fried rice. But he proceeded to matter-of-factly inform me that you can totally just ask them to “make it spicy”. Who knew?? Clearly not this fried-rice-lover who has been ordering their fried rice for nearly a decade.

So of course, I call in to order a batch of fried rice the next day and asked if they could make it spicy. And, like it was no big deal (because clearly this was only a big deal to me), they said “sure”. And 15 minutes later, I was enjoying the spicy kick that I knew would change my fried rice days forever. And today, I’m sharing my homemade take on the recipe with you.

Spicy Chicken Fried Rice -- kicked up a notch with some sriracha, and ready to go in about 20 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

The secret to the spice is none other than my beloved Sriracha. I know that tons of people probably already add it to their fried rice, but this recipe starts with sriracha already added in. And if you happen to have any hot chili oil on hand, I recommend adding a few dashes of that too. But if not, Sriracha will do the job.

I also added in chicken this time, just because that’s what John had ordered the night he introduced me to the spicyness. But you can of course substitute in whatever protein you’d like, or just make it a spicy vegetarian (plain) fried rice.

Bottom line, even if you only get 5% as excited as I do about new fried rice discoveries, I think you’re going to love it. :)

Spicy Chicken Fried Rice -- kicked up a notch with some sriracha, and ready to go in about 20 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

Spicy Chicken Fried Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 3 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups cooked and chilled rice (I prefer short-grain white rice)
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 Tablespoons soy sauce, or more to taste
  • 2 tsp. oyster sauce (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 Tablespoons sriracha, or more/less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil, or more to taste


Heat 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until melted. Add egg, and cook until scrambled, stirring occasionally. Remove egg, and transfer to a separate plate. Scrape down and rinse the pan, if needed.

Return pan to heat. Add an additional 1 tablespoon butter to the pan and heat until melted. Add carrots, onion, peas and garlic, and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes or until the onion and carrots are soft. Increase heat to high, add in the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter, and stir until melted. Immediately add the rice, green onions, soy sauce and oyster sauce (if using), and stir until combined. Continue stirring for an additional 3 minutes to fry the rice. Then add in the chicken and eggs, and stir to combine. Add the sesame oil and sriracha, and stir to combine. Remove from heat.

Serve warm.

Spicy Chicken Fried Rice -- kicked up a notch with some sriracha, and ready to go in about 20 minutes! | gimmesomeoven.com

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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28 thoughts on “Spicy Chicken Fried Rice

  1. Going to try this with Tofu instead of Chicken!

    - Pam

  2. Hi, I like the recipe-but your photographs are awesome; fantastic!!

    - Danielle H

  3. As if fried rice wasn’t absolutely amazing enough… This sounds delicious! I’ll definately be making this soon!

    - Phillip || SouthernFATTY.com

  4. I was searching Pinterest for something to make using rice and pretty much just rice, because it’s past time to go to the grocery store! ;) came across this recipe and made it for dinner tonight! Delicious and easy. I only did 1 T of sriracha because I have three little ones. It had just the right amount of heat for them, and my husband and I added some more to our bowls. I threw in a zucchini and carrot, as well. Thanks for my dinner!

    - Laurie

  5. This was a-ma-zing! A little time consuming, but worth the effort! Maybe next time, my family will let me put in the full amount of sriracha. And since I accidentally cooked too much plain rice, I doubled the recipe – I’m looking forward to leftovers for lunch next week!

    - Lori in NC

  6. Made this today. So delish, love the extra spice and the aroma from the sesame oil. This recipe is a keeper!

    - Carri

  7. I appreciate (and share) your obsession with fried rice. It’s fun to order out but it’s so easy to make at home, I’m surprised that people have no idea where to start. I gave a tutorial at my last job and a few weeks ago had an intense texting session with a friend after he had a batch of rice go terrible wrong.

    I will definitely have to give Bo Ling’s fried rice a try. Thanks for the tip!

    - Candice

  8. I love anything spicy! I have both sriracha and hot chili oil on hand…and dinner has been decided :D Normally, I would add chicken, but as I just bought a huge thing of tofu from Costco, it’s going to be Spicy Tofu Fried Rice tonight!

    - Alexis @ Upside Down Pear

  9. This looks incredible! Looks even better than from a restaurant!!

    - Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake

  10. Something to use leftover chicken rotisserie in! Love!

    - Jenny @ The Peachy Pair

  11. I also like to put Chinese Five Spice in my fried rice, makes it
    taste more authentic

    - Suzi

  12. This looks fabulous – love the spicy kick! And since you added the chicken, it’s an easy one-dish meal!

    - Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

  13. LOVEEEE Bo Lings, and I’m with you, the BEST fried rice of all. I also had no idea they had a spicy version! Must try the next I’m there — or just make this!

    - Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

  14. I LOVE Bo lings spicy fried rice and pretty much everything I’ve ever tried there. Can’t wait to try this at home!

    - Lindsey

  15. Love this so much, especially with the sriracha!!

    - Matt Robinson

  16. I love everything about this recipe. Thanks for posting :-)


    - Desme

  17. i like anything with sriracha so this is definitely a win win situation,

    - Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

  18. I crave a spicy friend rice at my local Thai restaurant. I am trying yours IMMEDIATELY. Being able to make this at home will expand my life contentment factor even more.

    - Carol at Wild Goose Tea

  19. I am like 500 percent excited about this!!

    - Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy

  20. you had me at “fried rice”!

    - Ali's Mom

  21. We order Chinese delivery a couple times a month and I didn’t know this was an option either! I need it in my life :)

    - Cookbook Queen

  22. Ali!! This is one of my favorite foods to order out ever. Looks amazing, totally trying this at home :)

    - Jenny Flake

  23. I love fried rice because I basically can throw in anything I want. Your recipe also includes sesame oil. I agree that sesame oil will make quite a big difference for the dish. Yum Yum :)

    - Annie

  24. I love adding spicy to my fried rice. This recipe is my kind of food! :)

    - Tieghan

  25. So funny! Just the other day my sister ordered spicy curry fried rice and I had no idea that was ever an option – lol. LOVE this!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  26. Don’t you love when you learn something new like that and wonder why the heck you didn’t figure it out sooner? YUM! Sounds amazing! I might be changing my fried rice ways too after seeing this.

    - Bri | Bites of Bri