Day Before Pay Day Fried Rice

Day Before Pay Day Fried Rice

CJ 21

"This fried rice uses leftover vegetables and meat--a great way to use leftovers for a dish that can be ready in about 30 minutes. It tastes so good that my son and husband fought over the last helping!"

Ingredients 35 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 315 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 315 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 13.1 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.1g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 20.1 g
  • 40%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 128 mg
  • 43%
  • Sodium:
  • 559 mg
  • 22%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in the eggs; cook and stir until scrambled and firm. Remove from wok, and set aside.
  2. Put remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the wok and turn heat up to high. Stir in rice until each grain is coated with oil. Stir in chicken, celery, carrot, peas and green onions. Reduce heat to medium, cover and allow to steam for 5 minutes. Stir in scrambled eggs and soy sauce, and cook until eggs are heated through.
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  1. 87 Ratings


This was a lifesaver tonight and one hubs and I both really enjoyed! This wasn't a day before pay day issue, just an "I don't feel like going to the store issue" and I was happy to find a side dish with common ingredients readily at hand. I stir fried the celery and carrot separately in sesame oil before adding the rice (no need at all to cover and steam) and added shrimp rather than chicken since that's what was around. No green onions, but chopped fresh chives from the garden was a perfect substitute. To make this more authentic, I cooked the egg separately in a small saute pan like a crepe, then added it chiffonade style. (Roll the "egg crepe" up like a cigar, then slice into ribbons...then add to rice mixture just before serving) I added a touch of toasted sesame oil for additional flavor, along with a little butter. Even using ingredients with basic, on hand ingredients this turned out to be a beautiful and delicious dish!


This was an easy recipe that really is great to use up leftovers with! My husband prefers it to be made "teriyaki" flavored - you can buy it, or easily make it by whisking your soy sauce (low sodium *tastes* best) with some brown sugar and a little vegetable oil. Or in a pinch, white sugar and no oil! This recipe is easy no matter how you twist it. =) Thanks!

Shannon :)

Easy, cheap & satisfying! I used pork rather than chicken, cooked the egg in butter rather than oil for extra flavor, and added about 1 1/2 tsp. five spice. Very good! Thank you CJ!