Arroz Chaufa is Peruvian's version of Chinese fried rice. It is influenced by the influx of Chinese immigrants to Peru. Peru's fried rice version consists of rice, red bell peppers, green onions, red onions, garlic, soy sauce, scrambled eggs chicken and a dash of sesame oil, ginger, and cumin. Amazingly delicious and you probably already have all the ingredients to make this!
This post is long overdue. like months overdue. I came up with this recipe after ordering Peruvian food way too much! I was in love with their Arozz Chaufa/Peruvian fried rice. It really didn't occur to me to make my own fried rice until after like a million orders later. I could clearly see that there were peppers, green onions, eggs, and chicken in the Peruvian fried rice we used to always order. I could taste a hint of ginger, cumin, sesame oil and soy sauce. I also tasted onions, garlic, and cumin. I did a little research on Peruvian fried rice to see if the ingredients that I tasted was accurate. Thing is, Peruvian fried rice varies but a lot of the recipes I saw mentioned the same exact ingredients! I knew my taste buds wouldn't let me down.
Do you see all that deliciousness! This recipe is so flavorful and good! The first time I attempted to make Peruvian fried rice, I thought I would need four cups of rice but it ended up being too much and not enough egg. I only needed about 2 cups of rice. I like my fried rice to have a good amount of egg, so I settle for 5 eggs. Also, I am not a fan of a lot of soy sauce. I could tell the Peruvian restaurant I gave all my money to, didn't use a lot of soy sauce either. I can usually tell when it's too much. For this recipe, I only used ⅛ cup of soy sauce (the low sodium kind).
Arroz Chaufa is a super easy recipe to make and as I mentioned earlier, you probably have all the ingredients. The only con is that it requires a bit of prep work. However, if you want to prepare this a bit faster, keep reading below.
This recipe moves pretty fast so get all of your veggies diced and minces and in order.
Skinless chicken thighs is the preferred choice. They are full of flavor and they will taste amazing in this dish. If all you have is chicken breast, feel free to use that too.
If you want to save time, use prepackaged already diced peppers, garlic, and onion.
Mix all these ingredients together in a small bowl: Soy sauce, sesame oil, a pinch or two of sugar, couple pinches of cumin, ground ginger. If you prefer to use fresh. I would use 1 tablespoon. Do not add fresh ginger to the soy sauce mixture. We will be cooking the ginger for the rest of the veggies.
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Peruvian Fried Rice (Arroz Chaufa)
- 2 cups boneless/skinless chicken thighs diced into ½ inch cubes or chicken breast
- 5 eggs scrambled and then roughly chopped
- 2 ½ cups cold cooked white rice Cook the rice in chicken broth or chicken base like Better than Bouillon instead of water
- ½ cup onions diced small
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 whole red bell pepper diced I diced mine into small pieces
- ½ cup thinly sliced green onions plus the white parts
- salt and pepper for taste
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
Soy sauce mix
- ⅛ cup soy sauce
- ¼ tsp sesame oil
- 2 pinches cumin
- ¼ tsp ground ginger (only add it if you are not using fresh ginger) if using fresh, use 1 tablespoon and cook it with the fresh veggies
- 1 pinch of sugar
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the red bell peppers and onions. Saute until softened, about 6 minutes. Right before they peppers and onions are done add the fresh ginger ( if using fresh ginger) and green onions, Saute for a min. Add the chicken and carefully mix well and cook for a couple minutes or until cooked through.
- Add half the rice. Mix well then add the rest of the rice. Mix well. Add the soy sauce mixture. Mix well then add the chopped scrambled eggs. Toss. Season with salt and pepper.*See notes
- This recipe moves pretty fast so get all of your veggies diced and minces and in order.
- Skinless chicken thighs is the preferred choice. They are full of flavor and they will taste amazing in this dish. If all you have is chicken breast, feel free do use that too.
- If you want to save time, use prepackaged already diced peppers, garlic and onion.
- Mix all these ingredients together in a small bowl: Soy sauce, sesame oil, a pinch or two of sugar, couple pinches of cumin, ground ginger. If you prefer to use fresh add 1 tablespoon. Do not add fresh ginger into the soy sauce mixture. We will be cooking the ginger with the rest of the veggies.
Oh man I made this today and it came out very good. It’s very different from what I’m used to but flavor is very pleasant. Thank you for sharing. Love it
You're welecome! It's one of my favorite rice dishes! Glad you enjoyed it!
When do we add the 2 cloves of minced garlic?
Sorry about that. The minced garlic can be added right after the sautéed green onions.Cook them until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
What a great recipe! Being a Peruvian, I totally approve this recipe, since it's authentic. I've loved arroz chaufa since I was a child, my mom used to serve it with some plantains which made this dish taste so much better!
You are too kind Pamela! I found another Peruvian takeout in our new neighborhood. The chicken isn't as great as the one in my old neighborhood but the plantains are the best I've had in a long time! I plan on making some for the blog. Thank you so much for the great feedback 🙂
I tasted this rice dish from Viva chicken in Charlotte. It was delicious! I was on a mission to find the recipe, and I want to give you a million thanks. It was delicious, and my 6 year old ate every ounce. I also made aja verde to put on the top. I will definitely try more of your recipes.
Aww thank you so much! You are very welcome! Yummmy! I need to add that sauce to the site too! I'm glad you and your kid enjoyed it!
You're really speaking my language with this one! I love Chinese fried rice, so I'm interested to try the Peruvian variation. The spices in this rice sound incredible! This just looks amazing! ☺️
Maman de sara
I would like to try the Peruvian version of Chinese rice. Your recipe is easy to follow and I like recipes under 30 minutes.
I do have all the ingredients so can't wait to make this delicious Arroz Chaufa! I think that combining two types of onions, garlic and peppers makes the flavors go through the roof - so this version of Chinese fried rice must be incredibly delicious!
Thank you so much! It's incredibly good. One of my favorite recipes!
I'm glad you got around to posting this because it sounds delicious! I don't get a chance to eat much Peruvian food, so I'm really excited to try this recipe at home. I really dig all the flavors going on here. Thanks for sharing!
You definitely have to try it! Thank you!
Fried rice like this one is just the way fried rice should be. I feel that fried rice should be the main and eat like an entire meal rather than just a forgettable side dish. This rice has an entire meal packed right into it. This would be so good for meal prep and week day lunches too!
You are so right about that and it's fulfilling too. I love your meal prep idea!
I never knew they made fried rice in Peru! It looks so tasty and yes, I have all the ingredients in my kitchen. I think I'm actually going to make this for lunch today!
Yes they do and it's sooooo good! Now I want some haha! I hope you like it! Thank you!
Cheese Curd In Paradise
My boys would be all over this dish! They love rice, and would really enjoy all the different additions to the rice- esp especially the chicken and the eggs. I can't wait to try this!
Cheese Curd In Paradise
If you try it please let me know what you think! Thank you!
This looks like just my kind of dish, and relatively healthy too. I've just pinned it so I can add it to my 'to-cook' list@
Thank you so much Kacie!
Love this Peruvian fried rice recipe! The Asian version can get boring so thank you so much for posting a unique fried rice recipe, loving all the flavors!
This!! it sounds so amazing. i love peruvian food but guess i have never tried the rice before. loving the cumin 🙂 the flavors are so simple but delicious. def adding to my must make list.
It's absolutely delicious! You'll love it!
I am excited to try this new version of fried rice. I'm loving all these peruvian flavors in this recipe.
I love a good fried rice recipe and I would love to try this Peruvian version! It is bursting with some of my absolute favorite ingredients! Comfort food at its finest.