Whip-round-the-fridge rice

Whip-round-the-fridge rice

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Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal489
  • fat15g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs69g
  • sugars5.3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein24g
  • salt2.29g
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  • 300g basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3-4 rashers bacon, chopped



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped, and 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 140g frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 175g leftover cooked chicken, shredded



    While it's the traditional Christmas bird, turkey is good to eat all year round, though…

  • 3-4 tomatoes, finely chopped



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…


  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.

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31st Jan, 2017
A quick and easy meal, great after a Sunday chicken roast. Despite the simple ingredients its very tasty and almost anything would work well in this dish, I added a few mushrooms I had left in the fridge.
17th Aug, 2016
A quick and easy meal, great on a Monday after a Sunday chicken roast. Always a hit with the family.
24th Jan, 2014
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.
17th Jan, 2012
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)
14th Sep, 2011
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.
20th Nov, 2010
absolutly great, simple healthy food, especially if you have a tight budget.
13th Nov, 2010
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!
11th Nov, 2010
I call this type of dish a "Gerry's Bitza" or a "Cambridge Special" It is different every time but always goes down well.
11th Nov, 2010
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....
11th Nov, 2010
jean. this could easily be turned into vegetarian by using meat free chicken style pieces or firm tofu


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