Better Than Chinese Takeout

February 19, 2019

Better Than Chinese Takeout

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Takeout for two?  Not in this kitchen!

Today I’m sharing my better than Chinese takeout chicken fried rice.  I understand sometimes cravings or busy schedules call for takeout.  Although most of the time you can find me whipping up something similar at home to save some money $$$!

The secret ingredient for my fried rice is fennel seeds.  They have a slight black licorice taste, so a little goes a long way.  Fennel seeds are actually one of the ingredients in Chinese 5-spice seasoning.  So I figured why not add them to my Chinese fried rice. 

To make this recipe convenient I used frozen stir fry vegetables instead of fresh ones.

Advantages of using frozen vegetables include:

  • Less time spent cutting and preparing vegetables
  • Frozen at peak ripeness (retention of nutrients)
  • Budget-friendly
  • Increased storage life
  • Reduced food waste

Do you make any homemade versions of your favorite takeout meals? 

Better Than Chinese Takeout

February 19, 2019
: 10 min
: 20 min
: 30 min
: Easy


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 lb chicken cutlets, cubed
  • 1 bag Frozen Asian vegetables
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 green onion (green parts)
  • 2 tsp Sesame seeds
  • Pepper
  • Step 1 Heat sesame oil on medium-high heat in a pan. Once heated add cubed chicken cutlets. Pan fry until cooked through. Remove from the pan and place to the side.
  • Step 2 Add frozen vegetables to the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Add eggs and scramble in the pan.
  • Step 3 Once the eggs are cooked add the cooked brown rice, cooked chicken, fennel seeds, soy sauce, and pepper.
  • Step 4 Stir well to combine. Let the heat crisp some of the rice on the bottom by creating one layer and letting the mixture sit without stirring for a minute or two.
  • Step 5 Remove from heat and serve immediately with green onions as a garnish. Store leftovers in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Let me know if you try this Better Than Chinese Takeout recipe in the comments section below!

Are you a fan of Asian flavors?  Try my Asian pasta salad here.

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