Rachael Ray's Chicken & Chile Fried Rice
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Rachael Ray's Chicken & Chile Fried Rice

Make this the day after you order takeout as a use-up for cold white rice. Or follow the directions in this recipe for cooking and quick-cooling rice on a baking sheet.


  • 5 tbsp. high-temperature cooking oil (such as peanut, canola, or safflower oil)

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock

  • ½ lb. maitake or hen of the woods mushrooms, pulled into long, thin pieces; or shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced

  • 2 leeks, quartered lengthwise and sliced into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 stalks celery with leafy tops, chopped

  • 2 red or green finger chiles, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced or chopped

  • About 1/2 cup Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine), dry sherry, or dry vermouth

  • 3 tbsp. butter

  • 2 cups chopped leftover chicken or pork

  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce or shoyu (Japanese soy sauce)

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • ½ cup thinly sliced shiso leaves or fresh cilantro tops


  • Step 1

    Line a baking sheet with foil and place in the freezer.

  • Step 2

    In a saucepan, heat 1 tbsp. oil, one turn of the pan, over medium-high. Add the rice. Stir until toasted, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper. Add the stock. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until the rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Spread the rice out on the chilled baking sheet to cool quickly.

  • Step 3

    In a large nonstick skillet or wok, heat the remaining 4 tbsp. oil, four turns of the pan, over high. Add the mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the leeks, celery, chiles, and garlic. Stir-fry until soft, 2 to 4 minutes. Add the rice. Toss until heated through, about 3 minutes. Add the wine. Scoot the rice to sides of the pan. Melt the butter in the center of the pan. Add the chicken. Stir until hot, about 1 minute. Add the soy sauce. Slowly pour in the eggs. Cook, stirring to coat the rice evenly without scrambling the eggs, for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in the shiso. Season with salt.

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