It doesn’t have to be difficult to prepare a flavourful freezer meal for your family. With the help of a spicy sauce, you can turn a bland recipe into a delicious dish in an instant. That’s why this recipe for sriracha fried rice is always a hit. The combination of fluffy rice, delicious veggies, and spicy sauce come together to create an amazing dinner. And since you can put this easy recipe together ahead of time and store it in the freezer, it’s perfect for meal prepping, too!
I’m a fan of freezer meal rice dishes where everything in them is already cooked so that on the day of serving, all you need to do is reheat them. Some of our other preferred meals like this are our Spanish Rice Casserole, Chicken Fried Rice, and Chicken Asparagus Bake.
Sriracha Fried Rice Recipe
- 4 cups cooked rice, chilled
- 3 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
- 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons sriracha or more if you like spicy
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/4 cups peas, frozen
For day of serving:
- green onion for garnish (optional)
- extra Sriracha sauce for serving (optional)
- Cook the rice according to the package instructions, then place it in the refrigerator to chill.
- Prepare the chicken and shred it, then set the meat aside.
- Heat the butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the eggs and scramble until cooked through.
- Combine the rice, chicken, and eggs in a large, resealable freezer bag. Then, add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sriracha sauce, salt, onion, garlic, and peas to the bag.
- Shake the bag to mix all the ingredients together, then seal the bag. Leaving a small opening at the end of the bag, remove excess air, then reseal. Store the bag flat in the freezer until ready to reheat.
- Thaw the frozen rice in the refrigerator, then pour the contents of the bag into a large skillet.
- Cook over medium low heat until warmed, stirring occasionally.
- Garnish with sliced green onion before serving.
- If desired, you can also top with additional sriracha.
Notes for this recipe:
- To save time, you can use rotisserie chicken and shred it.
- If you like spicy food, you can top this dish with extra sriracha sauce as you serve it.
- This is a great all-in-one meal and works really well to take to potlucks.
Can You Make Fried Rice a Day Ahead?
Fried rice is one of my favourite freezer-friendly dinners because it can easily be made ahead and reheated. In fact, fried rice often tastes better after it’s had a chance to rest in the fridge or freezer!
If you make your fried rice a day ahead, it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to reheat it. Or you can store your cooked rice in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Can Fried Rice be Frozen and Reheated?
Preparing your sriracha fried rice ahead of time couldn’t be easier! That’s because all you have to do is pre-cook three of the ingredients – the rice, chicken, and eggs. Everything else can be tossed into the freezer bag and prepared the day of cooking.
The key to preparing freezer-friendly fried rice is making sure that the rice is cooked before storing it in the freezer. Freezing uncooked rice isn’t recommended, mainly because it doesn’t speed up the cooking process at all. Instead, make sure to prepare your rice according to the package instructions. You can use long grain rice, instant rice, or even brown rice for your recipe.
Can You Freeze Fried Rice with Egg and Chicken?
While preparing plain fried rice is a great way to whip up a make-ahead side dish for dinner, there’s no reason to skimp on the ingredients just because you’re making a freezer meal. Instead of just freezing your rice, you can prepare an entire meal all in one batch by adding some chicken, eggs, and vegetables.
To freeze your fried rice with chicken and eggs, it’s important that you take the time to cook the poultry and eggs before adding them to the bag with the rest of the ingredients. In addition to helping you speed up your preparation process at dinner time, cooking the chicken and eggs before freezing your rice will also prevent bacteria from growing on your ingredients.
How Do You Reheat Fried Rice?
Reheating your frozen fried rice couldn’t be simpler! Before you can cook the frozen rice, you need to make sure to give it plenty of time to thaw. The safest way to thaw the sriracha fried rice is to transfer it to the refrigerator the day before you plan to reheat it.
When the rice is thawed, pour the contents of your freezer bag into a large skillet. Sauté the rice in the skillet until the ingredients are cooked through, making sure to stir the rice occasionally to keep it from sticking. If you notice the rice sticking to the pan, simply add a small amount of oil to the skillet as you cook.
Is Frozen Rice Good for Fried Rice?
The beauty of this simple sriracha fried rice recipe is that you can use any type of rice you want. In addition to traditional long-grain rice, you can also speed up your prep work by using instant rice or frozen rice in this recipe. Just make sure to prepare the rice according to the instructions on the package, then transfer the cooked rice to the refrigerator to chill before you mix all your ingredients together.
- 4 cups rice cooked and chilled
- 3 cups chicken cooked and shredded
- 1 1/4 cups peas frozen
- 1 onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
- 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp. sriracha more if you like spicy food
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1/2 tsp. salt divided
- sliced green onion for garnish optional
- additional Sriracha sauce for serving optional
Cook the rice according to the package instructions, then place it in the refrigerator to chill.
Cook the chicken and shred it. (Using rotisserie chicken is a great time saver for this recipe if you prefer)
Heat the butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the eggs and scramble until cooked through.
Add the rice, chicken, eggs, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sriracha sauce, salt, onion, garlic, and peas to a large resealable freezer bag.
Shake the bag to combine, then seal. Remove excess air, then seal. Freeze.
Pour the contents of the bag into a large skillet.
Cook over medium low heat until warmed, stirring occasionally.
Garnish with sliced green onion before serving if desired.