It’s 9-o’clock-I’m-tired-and-hungry Fried Rice

If you haven’t noticed, our posts when Wen is cooking = real cooking, and our posts when Carol is cooking = easy cooking (like Easy Yummy Salad).

So today, guess who?

I’d like to also give this post the alternative title: The Ugly Duckling.  Because this recipe is all about turning rejected rice into a beautiful thing.

Here’s what you need for better than average fried rice that’s still super easy:

  • rice (preferably rice that has been left out in the cold/fridge)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2-1 piece of chicken breast (depending on how much of a carnivore you are)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • onion
  • garlic
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil (you don’t HAVE to, but this makes it delish. And everyone should have sesame oil!) or vegetable oil


Take rejected rice out of the rice cooker or fridge.  The more rejected your rice is, supposedly the better your fried rice (as in, don’t MAKE rice and then immediately use it to make fried rice. Make love, not rice!).

Here’s my rejected rice, lookin’ lonely (single and ready to mingle):

Yesterday.. all my troubles seemed so far away..

Chop up onion and garlic into edible pieces, and have your egg ready for crackage.

Have sauces ready and on guard!

…and chop up the chicken.  To keep this site SFW, I’m going to avoid putting naked chicken pictures up (jk, I just forgot to take its picture).

Alright, here we go!

Step one: Start off with oil and garlic simmering.  This will create a delicious smell in the air 🙂

Step two: Add in chopped onion to join the family.

Step three: Enter the ugly duckling.

Step four: Add in the chicken.

Step five: Add in salt and pepper.

Step six: crack the egg in when you see chicken is almost done.

Step seven: Add in some soy sauce and…TADA!

And here are some glamour shots of a very not so glamorous thing…