The Best Hakka Chicken Fried Rice

A plate of Hakka chicken fried rice
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
2 servings

Say hello to Hakka fried rice, your favourite Chinese fried rice’s spicier cousin. If you’re not familiar with Indian Chinese (AKA Hakka) cuisine, it traces back to the 1700s when Hakka Chinese traders settled in Calcutta, India. This robust cuisine combines the magnificent flavours of the two lands; it’s spicy, it’s savoury, it’s delicious. If you’re looking to switch things up for your weekly meal prep, or need a quick weeknight dinner, this recipe is just the ticket. Packed with protein-rich chicken and eggs plus colourful vegetables, this rice a sure winner!



Hakka Sauce

tsp soy sauce
tsp hoisin sauce
Tbsp toasted sesame oil
tsp white vinegar
tsp white pepper
tsp ground black pepper

Fried Rice

large chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
tsp salt, divided, plus more to taste
2 ½
Tbsp neutral cooking oil
large egg
tsp sesame oil
tsp grated ginger
garlic cloves, minced
green chili, finely chopped, or to taste
cup finely chopped onions
green onions, greens only, chopped and divided
cups of cooked, cold, basmati rice
cup finely sliced cabbage
cup carrots, finely chopped
Tbsp frozen green peas, defrosted


Ingredients for Hakka chicken fried rice
Step 1

Combine the sauce ingredients, and set aside.

Step 2

Sprinkle cut chicken breast with ½ tsp salt and set aside.

Step 3

Heat a wok or large skillet on medium high heat. Add a ½ Tbsp of cooking oil and heat for a minute.

Step 4

Meanwhile, whisk ­­together egg with ¼ tsp sesame oil and ¼ tsp salt. Pour the whisked eggs into the hot wok and cook until the eggs have set, but are still soft and slightly runny. Remove and set aside.

Scrambled eggs in a wok
Step 5

Add 2 Tbsp of cooking oil to the same wok. Add in the ginger and garlic, sauté for about thirty seconds, until fragrant. Now add the green chilis, onions and half of the chopped green onions. Cook for about one minute, until the onions are translucent, stirring constantly so they don’t brown.

Ginger, onions and green onions in a wok
Step 6

With the heat on medium-high, add in the chicken breast. Cook until the chicken turns white.

Chicken, ginger, onions and green onions cooking in a wok
Step 7

Add in the carrots and green peas, pour in two tablespoons of water and cover immediately to trap any steam from leaving the wok. This will help soften the carrots and peas. Cook for two minutes until tender crisp.

Step 8

Add in the cabbage and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until the cabbage softens but retains some crunch.

Ingredients for Hakka fried rice in a wok
Step 9

Add in the cold rice and pour Hakka sauce over top. Break up the grains of rice, ensuring there are no clumps, and mix well.

Ingredients for Hakka fried rice in a wok
Step 10

Add in the eggs and mix well.

Step 11

Plate and garnish with the remaining green onions, and enjoy!

Hakka fried rice sprinkled with green onions

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