Whip-round-the-fridge rice

Whip-round-the-fridge rice

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(7 ratings)

Magazine subscription – 5 issues for £5

Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level



Serves 4

This recipe is great for using up leftovers. Feel free to bung anything in - it's always delicious

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info


Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.


  • 300g basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3-4 rashers bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped, and 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 25g butter
  • 140g frozen peas
  • 175g leftover cooked chicken, shredded
  • 3-4 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Compare prices

Want to see what this recipe costs at different supermarkets? Compare in one place here:


  1. Boil a pan of water, then add the rice. Cook for 8-10 mins until cooked but still firm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan. Fry the bacon pieces until crisp and tip onto a plate. Add the onion and garlic and fry until soft. Drain the rice then add to the pan with the crispy bacon, butter, frozen peas and chicken. Heat through, stirring all the time until piping hot. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, soy sauce and seasoning, if it needs it, to finish.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2009

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.


Show comments
lucyrjones's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Such an easy dish to make, never fails. It's much tastier than you'd think from the simple ingredients - they go together so well.

godslandj's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

This was delicious; my 7 year old ate it all up which is always a bonus. I made half and this happily fed 3. I added a bit more bacon but a great way to use up leftover brown meat from a chicken (I've got very bored of pie or curry)

marguerite_caunt's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Very nice. I didn't use oil to fry the bacon - just let the fat render (much lighter and healthier). Next time will add some snipped herbs and a bit of chilli powder.

supermama123's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

absolutly great, simple healthy food, especially if you have a tight budget.

siobhang's picture

This is an old favourite of mine, too. Never tried fish sauce though, sounds like a great idea. I find peas fry up nicer straight from frozen than boiling them separately!

geraldinecam's picture

I call this type of dish a "Gerry's Bitza" or a "Cambridge Special"
It is different every time but always goes down well.

marionkozlen's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Hi, I too have been making this for years, but usually add some raisins or dried apricot chopped small, also always add a handful of peanuts, adds a nice crunch....

grandmagrandad's picture

jean. this could easily be turned into vegetarian by using meat free chicken style pieces or firm tofu

brianaw's picture

Consider replacing the butter with a small amount of fish sauce (as someone else mentioned) to give it a more Asian flavour.

happyhappygirl's picture

ive been doing this sort of recipe for years.as you said,it always tastes good.i have always called "it throw it all in"!

coolruth's picture

Really yummy! A real staple because it can be just thrown together at the last minute!! It is also nice with a tablespoon of Thai fish sauce too!