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5 from 3 votes
Cook Time : 13 mins
Total Time : 23 mins
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Last Updated on October 10, 2022 by Corinne Schmitt

This Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice is a flavorful take-out at home recipe, that is simple to make and faster than ordering delivery. Plus, it’s a healthier alternative to restaurant-style fried rice. 

If you love making restaurant meals at home, then this Instant Pot Fried Rice is another delicious recipe that you may want to try. It takes only minutes to make and turns out delicious every single time. 

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice in a serving bowl with chopsticks on the side.

Chicken Fried Rice

One of my favorite things about this homemade fried rice recipe is that it’s filled with chicken. Chicken is full of protein, low in fat, and also contains many other vitamins and nutrients. You can never go wrong with chicken for dinner. 

Why I Love This Recipe

This Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice is the perfect way to get your favorite Chinese food at home. It’s simple, quick, and healthy! 

  • Ready in under 30 minutes
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Fills the house with a delicious aroma

If you love to make copycat air fryer recipes at home, you may want to give this Air Fryer Panda Express Orange Chicken recipe a try next time. 

Ingredients

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice ingredients.

You only need a few ingredients to make this easy chicken fried rice recipe. You may be able to avoid a trip to the grocery store since most of these ingredients may already be in your pantry.  See the recipe below for a full list of the ingredients and quantities that are needed for this recipe. 

steamed rice – I recommend using chilled cooked rice for this recipe. 

soy sauce – I prefer to use original soy sauce, but you can use low sodium soy sauce if you prefer. 

Substitutions

Coconut aminos: If you don’t have soy sauce you can use coconut aminos instead of the soy sauce. 

Rice: I prefer to use a short-grain white rice, but you can use brown rice or long grain white rice if you already have it on hand. 

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Do you want to personalize this easy recipe? Here are a few additions you can add to make this main course recipe your own. 

Vegetables: You can add any vegetables that you like, such as corn, broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, or any vegetables that you enjoy. 

Protein: You can use any protein that you like. I typically use chicken, but you can use shrimp, beef, or tofu. 

Nuts: You can add any nuts that you like, such as peanuts or cashews, if you want to add a little crunch to your fried rice. 

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to make this recipe. Gather these tools and get ready to dive into a family-friendly meal. 

  • air fryer – You will need at least a six-quart air fryer to make this recipe. 
  • baking pan – that will fit inside of your air fryer. Such as a metal cake pan or pie plate. 

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice

Making this homemade chicken fried rice is simple. Just follow the instructions below and you will have a tasty meal that your entire family will enjoy in no time at all. 

Step 1: Mix together rice, onion, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil, ginger, and chicken

In a large bowl, mix rice, onion, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil, ginger, and chicken. 

Rice, onion, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil, ginger, and chicken in a large bowl.

Step 2: Add the rice mixture to a dish that will fit in your air fryer

Place mixture in a dish to fit your air fryer basket. 

Rice mixture inside the Air Fryer with peas, carrots and eggs on the side.

Step 3: Air fry the rice

Cook at 350 for 5 minutes 

Rice mixture inside the Air Fryer with peas, carrots and eggs on the side.

Step 4: Add scrambled eggs and cook again

Remove, stir the rice, and add two scrambled eggs to the top. Cook for 3 minutes.

Step 5: Fold in vegetables

Remove and fold in peas and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes.

Fried rice with vegetables inside the Air Fryer.

Step 6: Garnish and serve

Let cool and enjoy. Garnish with more sesame seeds and chopped green onions. 

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice in a serving bowl with chopsticks on the side.

Serving Suggestions

Here are a few of my favorite recipes to serve with this recipe.

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice in a serving bowl with chopsticks dipping into the fried rice.

Pro Tips

Here are a few tips to help make sure that this air fryer recipe turns out perfectly for you. 

  • Sesame oil really gives this fried recipe a tasty flavor. However, you can leave it out if you are not a fan of the flavor. 
  • White rice really works best for this recipe. Brown rice will have a crunchier texture.
  • I recommend using cold rice or plain leftover rice. So, if you don’t have leftover rice, I suggest that you make the steamed rice ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you are ready to make this recipe. 
  • You can use any type of neutral flavored cooked chicken in this recipe. Or you can cook the chicken in your favorite soy sauce or teriyaki sauce for more flavor.
  • If you use a gluten free soy sauce like tamari then you will have a gluten-free recipe that your entire family will enjoy.  
  • Increase the flavor of this recipe by adding a dash of garlic powder to the rice when you add the soy sauce and other seasonings. 

FAQs

Do you have questions about this air fryer fried rice recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe. 

How to store

This recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.

How to reheat

You can reheat this recipe by placing it in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. 

Do I need to use cold rice for fried rice?

Yes, using cold rice will prevent the rice from becoming mush while you are cooking it. 

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Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice

Corinne Schmitt
This Air Fryer Chicken Fried Rice is simple to make, and tastes just like your restaurant favorite dish!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 286 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Large bowl
  • baking dish

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups steamed rice
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon mixed sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup cooked cubed chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup peas and carrots frozen

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix rice, onion, soy sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil, ginger and chicken.
  • Place mixture in a dish to fit your air fryer basket. Cook at 350 for 5 minutes.
  • Remove, stir the rice, add two scrambled eggs to the top. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Remove and fold in peas and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Let cool and enjoy. Garnish with more sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

Video

Notes

  • Sesame oil really gives this fried recipe a tasty flavor. However, you can leave it out if you are not a fan of the flavor. 
  • White rice really works best for this recipe. Brown rice will have a crunchier texture.
  • I recommend using cold rice or plain leftover rice. So, if you don’t have leftover rice, I suggest that you make the steamed rice ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you are ready to make this recipe. 
  • You can use any type of neutral flavored cooked chicken in this recipe. Or you can cook the chicken in your favorite soy sauce or teriyaki sauce for more flavor.
  • If you use a gluten free soy sauce like tamari then you will have a gluten-free recipe that your entire family will enjoy.  
  • Increase the flavor of this recipe by adding a dash of garlic powder to the rice when you add the soy sauce and other seasonings. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 19gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 589mgPotassium: 276mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3451IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 3mg
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