Reduce Food Waste with Refrigerator Fried Rice

Food Waste is such a huge issue in America today. Over 40% of food produced in the United states ends up wasted and in a landfill. While I myself, am guilty of wasting food or not finishing leftovers, I am trying to make a more active change. I am making a conscious effort of trying to utilize all parts of the food I buy and you should too!

In hopes to inspire less food waste, I am starting a food series. Todays recipe is referred to as refrigerator fried rice, meaning that it was made with leftovers and other things I had in my fridge that were close to expiration.

I had some leftover white rice and chicken breast from previous meals so I decided to take those two items and create a chicken fried rice of sorts. I had some carrot sticks that were going bad, so I decided to use those as a component in my rice also.

The other ingredients used were found in my fridge or spice cabinet.This meal only involved 6 ingredients and got the boyfriend seal of approval. I will list all the ingredients I used below.


  • Leftover white rice
  • Leftover Chicken Breast
  • carrot sticks
  • soy sauce
  • salt
  • butter

Prep Time: 5mins                           Cooking time: 5-10mins                        Total time: 10-15 mins


Step 1.  Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of soy sauce in a sauce pan. Chop up as many carrots as desired. Add to the saucepan and bring to a boil.

Step 2. Get a frying pan. Scramble 2-4 eggs.

Step 3. Add chopped up chicken breasts to the scrambled eggs. Heat until warm, then slowly begin to add in the white rice.

Step 4. Add in the carrots and soy sauce. Combine all ingredients. Then serve and enjoy! 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this easy way to reuse leftovers. I am not a chef by any means, but I love to pretend I am. lol If any of you try this or have any recommendations to improve this recipe, I would love to hear your thoughts!




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