Peanut Chicken Fried Rice

Peanut Chicken Fried Rice is packed with tons of vegetables, lean ground chicken and brown or white rice. Tossed with the most addicting peanut sauce that you can make as mild or spicy as you like!

Love fried rice recipes? We do too! Check out our original Chicken Fried Rice or for a fun Italian twist, try this Italian Fried Rice recipe!

Fried rice with ground chicken in a peanut sauce

Peanut Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

Our boys could (and sometimes do) eat fried rice multiple days of the week. We love to use fried rice recipes to empty out the fridge and pack as many veggies as we can into dinner.

This Peanut Chicken Fried Rice recipe is one of our new favorites! Lean ground chicken, tons of vegetables and of course a super addictive peanut sauce.

We used a brown and wild rice medley for this particular recipe but you can use regular brown rice or white rice instead. Like most fried rice recipes, it’s a “whatever you have on hand” type of dinner!

A Super Creamy, Not So Spicy Peanut Sauce Recipe

Of course, you can spice up this peanut sauce as much as you like, or keep it on the mild side if you don’t like too much heat.

This peanut sauce recipe is pretty mild as far as the spice goes, just enough for a little background heat but not too spicy for those that don’t like a lot of heat in their food.

Peanut sauce with ingredients for making peanut chicken fried rice

Ingredients For Making Peanut Sauce:

  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Chili Garlic Sauce – You can find this sauce in most grocery stores in the Asian aisle.
  • Ginger – Grate and finely mince fresh ginger or use ginger paste in a tube. You can find these tubes right in the produce section at your grocery store.
  • Garlic – Same with the ginger, finely mince or use a garlic press or use garlic paste in a tube.
  • Soy Sauce
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Toasted Sesame Oil

Add all the ingredients to a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds just to loosen up the peanut butter. Whisk together and set aside.

How Do You Make Fried Rice?

The best way to make fried rice is with day old, leftover rice. The moisture has evaporated, leaving the rice is dry so the grains won’t get mushy or stick together when you go to make your fried rice.

However, we love fried rice so much that we don’t always have that option. Make a batch of rice in the morning and spread it out on a sheet pan and let it cool in the refrigerator until dinner.

Alternately, you can buy bags of frozen, microwaveable rice that you can microwave and let cool in the refrigerator.

Fried rice in a skillet with sugar snap peas

Start this Peanut Chicken Fried Rice by cooking ground chicken in a skillet or wok with a little oil. When the chicken is mostly cooked through, add onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes to soften.

For the vegetable base in this fried rice recipe, we used diced cabbage, shredded carrots and sugar snap peas.

But of course, you can switch that up to your liking. Broccoli is a great options, scallions, peas and even a couple of scrambled eggs if you like!

All that’s left to do is to add the peanut sauce to the fried rice, a little at a time to get the consistency that you want. You might not use all the sauce, it depends on how much volume is in your skillet.

And if you end up with leftover peanut sauce you can use it for grilled chicken or in most stir fry recipes!

Fried Rice recipe with ground chicken and peanut sauce in a white bowl with chopsticks

Can I Make This Fried Rice Low Carb?

Yep. If you’re following a low carb or keto diet plan, just swap out the rice for our Homemade Cauliflower Rice, or grab a few bags of frozen cauliflower rice from the store.

Also try swapping out some of the vegetables like the sugar snap peas for a lower carb option like green beans or asparagus.

Peanut Chicken Fried Rice in a white bowl with napkin

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Peanut Chicken Fried Rice in a white bowl with napkin

Peanut Chicken Fried Rice

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This Peanut Chicken Fried Rice is a healthy and fast dinner that the whole family will love! Ton of vegetables go into this fried rice recipe so it’s dinner all in one bowl!



  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups diced or shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups snow peas or sugar snap peas, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 4 1/2 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • Peanut Sauce Recipe


  • Sriracha
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Fresh cilantro


  1. Start by making the peanut sauce and set aside.
  2. Add the oil to a large skillet (at least 13 inch) or wok over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, cooking while breaking up into crumbles until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.
  3. Add the diced onion to the chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened, then add the chopped garlic, ginger paste, salt, garlic powder, cabbage, carrots and sugar snap peas. Stir to combine and cook for 5 minutes, then pour in the chicken broth, cover and steam the vegetables for another 4-5 minutes until softened. Add the rice and toss with the vegetables and chicken.
  4. Pour the peanut sauce over the fried rice a little at a time and toss together until you get the consistency that you like. If the sauce has thickened up too much, add a splash of water and microwave for 15-30 seconds to loosen it up. You might not need all of the peanut sauce, we prefer the fried rice to be less “saucy” but add as much or as little as you like!
  5. Garnish with chopped peanuts, sriracha and cilantro if desired.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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