Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

My oldest son, Alec, has been begging me to make homemade fried rice for a while. I decided to twist the basic recipe and make it with quinoa instead of rice. This Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice recipe is a hit for something new and different for your weeknight table, especially if you’re looking for something gluten-free, healthy and hearty. Feel free to substitute rice for the quinoa if you wish, but I love that quinoa is a gluten-free, nutty grain that is a complete protein which is high in fiber, low in calories and is high in iron, magnesium and calcium.

Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

Cook Time:

25 minutes

Prep Times:

20 minutes


4 to 6 servings


1 cup quinoa or 2 cups rice
2 tablespoons sesame or canola oil
1 (16 ounce) package frozen baby carrots and green peas, cooked
3 green onions, chopped
2 eggs, scrambled
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
Low sodium soy sauce to taste (gluten-free if needed)


1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside and keep warm.

2. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Stir in carrots and peas and onions; cook about 30 seconds. Crack in eggs, stirring quickly to scramble eggs with vegetables. Stir in cooked quinoa and chicken; cook 5 minutes more. Add soy sauce, and toss to coat.

36 thoughts on “Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice Recipe”

  1. Found from the who’s coming to fitbloggin page.

    For someone that’s just finally dipped into the world of quinoa. This really sounds good. I had some California Quinoa from whole foods and it was great.

    I’m bookmarking this and will give it a try

  2. As someone with Celiac I want everyone to know that replacing the rice with quinoa is NOT what makes it GF. Soy sauce has wheat in it and therefore the source of gluten in most Asian dishes. Using a GF soy sauce will make most fried rice dishes GF. Although this would be a great dish, minus the chicken, for anyone who is a vegetarian.

  3. I’m tired of putting chicken in all my dishes so i tried mine with Shrimp… And Oh My My was it tasty … Loved loved loved it !!! Thank you for the idea !

  4. Tried this recipe last night and it was delicious! I expected it to have a higher quinoa-to-chicken-and-veggies ratio, but either way it was great.

  5. This recipe is amazing! I am new to quinoa, this was my first recipe with it and I can’t wait to try it in other ways. I recommend this recipe all the time!

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