Easy Fried Rice Waffles

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Guys!!! I’m about to blow your mind with this one. How many times do you order take-out Chinese food and have leftovers? For our family, it’s at least twice a month. And as easy as it is to just reheat it and have it for lunch the next day, sometimes we like to switch it up and try to turn it into a completely different dish. That’s how we came up with the Asian-inspired chicken and fried rice waffles idea.

If you love chicken and waffles, you are going to love this easy recipe. With just a handful of ingredients, you can have a savory and sweet dish that your family will go crazy for (just like mine do time and time again).

plate of waffles made of fried rice

What size waffle iron do I need?

I personally use a mini dash waffle iron. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and the perfect size for these fried rice waffles. If you have a different waffle iron already at home, you should just adjust the amount of batter needed.

How much fried rice batter should I use?

If you are using the same dash waffle iron we do, I’ve found that one heaping large scoop of fried rice waffles batter is the perfect size to make a single waffle. Again, if you are using a different size or shape waffle iron, you’ll need to adjust the amount of batter you use.

plate of waffles made of leftover rice

Can I use any other type of rice?

Absolutely! Any rice will work, but you may need to add additional spices to give it more flavor.

If you don’t have any leftover rice at home, you can buy any frozen fried rice as well. Most of them are easy to make and you can just warm them up in the microwave.

What can I top these fried rice waffles with?

The possibilities are endless for topping these fried rice waffles.

One of our favorite options is to use a few small pieces of leftover honey garlic chicken or General Tso’s chicken. Then I drizzle maple syrup or honey on top and then sprinkle scallions on top. It’s quite possibly one of the easiest and most fun dinner ideas. My family absolutely loves it!

Another fun option is to take two fried rice waffles. Top one waffle with whatever you’d like, top with a second waffle and cut it in half for the perfect fried rice waffle sandwich.

If you love this fried rice waffles recipe, don’t forget to let me know in the comment section below. We want to make sure that we are providing recipes that you love, so all feedback is welcome!

Now let’s get to the recipe!

four steps to make fried rice waffles

I’ve tried to show the steps in the photos above for you to make it a bit easier to make these easy fried rice waffles.

  1. Warm your leftover fried rice up and place it in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, and two large eggs and whisk together until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Spray your waffle iron with oil to keep the waffles from sticking. Place a large scoop of batter on your waffle iron (this should be adjusted depending on the size of your waffle iron).
  4. Close the waffle iron and allow the fried rice waffle to cook and brown. Remove and repeat with the remaining batter.
plate of waffles next to asian inspired chicken and waffles

easy fried rice waffles

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plate of waffles next to asian inspired chicken and waffles

Easy Fried Rice Waffles


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 5 waffles

Description

Take chicken and waffles to another level using leftover fried rice and Asian chicken. It’s a budget-friendly and delicious meal idea.


Ingredients

  • 1½ cups leftover fried rice

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 large eggs

  • ¼ tsp sesame oil

  • Oil spray


Instructions

  • Warm up the fried rice in the microwave or stove.
  • While the rice is still warm, whisk together rice, soy sauce, sesame oil, and eggs in a bowl.
  • Spray waffle iron with oil spray and heat.
  • Place a large scoop of rice batter onto the waffle iron, close, and cook until browned.
  • Repeat until all batter is used.

Notes

We highly recommend topping these delicious fried rice waffles with your favorite Asian flavored chicken. You can drizzle honey or maple syrup on top for the most incredible take on chicken and waffles.

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
hand pouring maple syrup onto a plate
plate of asian inspired chicken and waffles

While others have made waffles out of rice before, I’ve had so many people ask for my secret to making them look more like waffles. I’d have to say that the secret is making sure the rice is warm and using a whisk to combine the ingredients. The more you whisk, the less it will look like rice, and the more it will start to look like waffle batter.

If you make these fried rice waffles, we’d love to hear your thoughts. If you take a picture or share them on social media, don’t forget to tag us! Don’t forget to check out all of our other easy family-friendly recipes.

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Take chicken and waffles to another level using leftover fried rice and Asian chicken. It's a budget-friendly and delicious meal idea.
Take chicken and waffles to another level using leftover fried rice and Asian chicken. It's a budget-friendly and delicious meal idea.

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  1. I am not very fond of sweet waffles, so your recipe sounds super interesting. Will definitely give it a go.

  2. I don’t think I’ve tried fried rice waffles before and it’s new to me so I am definitely giving this a try sometime soon.

  3. That’s actually a good idea. We don’t need a large one and when we can use the small one and make as many as we want. Plus, it’s not expensive.

  4. This is such a cool idea! The waffles look delicious as well 😍. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  5. Wow, this is the first time I’ve come across a recipe that uses rice to make waffles! I only know flour, flour and flour, hahaha. This blows my mind!

  6. I never knew you could make waffles with fried rice, the idea is so unique and something I can’t wait to try myself.

  7. This is a really interesting recipe. I wouldn’t think about using fried rice to make waffles. I’m keen to try it out.

  8. I would like to begin the day with these waffles! It will make happy my whole family!

  9. What an interesting recipe! I would have never thought to do this. Sounds like it would be fun to make.

    1. I can even make variations using savory fried rice and sweet sticky rice to make these rice waffles.

  10. Wow, what a great way to use leftover fried rice! I am looking forward to making this.

  11. Ooohhhh….this is a completely new blend of waffles! I like what I’ve read here, about them. I am ready to give them a try. Thank you for sharing their recipe.

  12. Oh my, another yummy recipe to try! My niece loves waffles. I will surely try this recipe. Thanks for sharing this!

  13. I never had Fried rice waffles, oh my!!! I love waffles! I can’t wait to try fried rice waffles, looks so good…

  14. This is genius and I cannot wait to make this! I always keep leftover rice on hand…I’m so excited to try this especially since I’m gluten intolerant. Delicious!

  15. Ok I woul dhave never in a million years thought of fried rice waffles, but interestingly enough I feel like this would be one of my hubby’s favorite foods.. lol

  16. Oh I love to discover and try new recipes from time to time and this is so timely. Id love some waffles in the house. It is something new for the family.

  17. We always have left over fried rice from when my partner cooks so definitely showing this to him – would never have thought of this great way of using up leftovers.

  18. That looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I would really love to try this recipe! You are genius!

  19. That’s so great. I didn’t know you could make them with rice. I might try with brown rice and see how it goes.

  20. Ooou this was really interesting and not something I would’ve thought of myself! A fun, fresh way to enjoy fried rice!

  21. Interesting concept! I love waffles and fried rice. They must be amazing together! A creative way to use leftovers!

  22. I LOVE fried rice and never thought to make it in waffle form. I bet I’d be a fan. I am excited to try these out.

  23. I had no idea you could do this, super genius! We always try to use up our leftovers and this is such a yummy way to do it.

  24. This looks delicious! Not to mention, unique and easy. I love Chinese food and this just got me hungry!

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  25. I LOVE fried rice but would have never thought to use it to make waffles. This sounds amazing!

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  26. Waffles and chicken have to be one of my favorite things to eat! I never would have thought to put fried rice with it! I can not wait to try this!

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  27. This might be the most amazing waffle recipe I’ve ever seen! I cannot wait to give this a try!

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