Meals Under $1.25: Chicken Fried Rice and Egg Drop Soup

Chef's Note: Leftover beef, shrimp and pork can be used in addition to or instead of the chicken. They all taste great!

If you like Asian food, you are in for a treat! This meal combination will hit the spot without hurting your pocketbook. You will be able to begin your meal with a tasty Egg Drop Soup, followed by a stir fried rice recipe that my husband enjoyed so much he jokingly asked me if I had gone out and gotten Chinese food. I was pleased. He was pleased; and I think you will be too!

Let's first look at our ingredient list. To make the Chicken Fried Rice (serves 4), you will need:

One Portion Chopped Chicken
One Portion Chopped Chicken


If you are using a portion that had been frozen, make sure it has been thawed overnight in the refrigerator. Or Thaw using the microwave.

Or use 2 cups leftover chopped, cooked chicken.

Or 2 cups cups chopped Cloverleaf's Rotisserie Chicken.

Stir Fry Carrots and Onions
Stir Fry Carrots and Onions


Chop onions and diagonally slice carrots.

Add cooking oil to the frying pan or wok. (Sesame seed oil is more expensive but will provide a more authentic taste.) I used olive oil.

When oil is hot, add onions and carrots.

Stir Fry Until Onions are Slightly Transluscent
Stir Fry Until Onions are Slightly Transluscent




Fry until onions are transluscent and edges are starting to brown.

Add Rice and Chicken
Add Rice and Chicken


Other vegetables can also be added, such as green peas, sliced squash or snow pea pods. Stir fry for a minute before adding rice.

Add 4 cups cooked rice. Mix well.

Add chopped chicken.

Mix well and continue stirring until everything is heated well.

Add Eggs
Add Eggs


Push rice mixture away from middle of the pan forming a well. Pour in the two beaten eggs. Begin stirring eggs pulling rice into the egg as you stir; continue until egg is cooked. Mix all together well. Sprinkle mixture with 1 T. soy sauce. Stir well and remove from heat. Set aside while preparing the egg drop soup.

Serve and Enjoy!
Serve and Enjoy!




Here is a portion of the chicken fried rice.

Egg Drop Soup

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 4 eggs, scrambled
  • 4 green onions, green portion only, sliced

Bring water, bouillon cubes, green onions and parsley to a boil. Slowly stir in eggs constantly stirring, causing eggs to string in the liquid. Taste. If not too salty, add as much as 1 t. soy sauce to taste for the real authentic touch. Serve immediately. Serves 4

Cost Analysis:

  • chicken = .30 / serving
  • 2 T. oil = .05 / serving

  • 2 carrots = .05 / serving

  • 1/2 onion = .04 / serving

  • 4 cups cooked long grain brown rice = .23 / serving

  • 2 eggs, beaten = .05 / serving

  • 1 T. soy sauce = .05 /serving

Total per serving = $.77


  • 4 chicken bouillon cubes = .10 / serving
  • 4 eggs = .10 / serving
  • 4 green onions = .15 / serving

Total per serving = $.35

$.77 + $.35 = $1.12 per serving


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Comments: "Meals Under $1.25: Chicken Fried Rice and Egg Drop Soup" 16 comments

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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

Great hub! Nicely laid out and easy to follow recipes that are never cheap but instead inexpensive and good for you!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

davenmidtown - Yes. I try to never use the word cheap. No one wants something that is cheap. Inexpensive is okay. Thanks! I'll see you around!


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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

Yummy! I've always wanted to make my own egg drop soup but it never turned out with an authentic taste. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to give this one a try. Voted up and shared.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

DonnaCosmato- sometimes you might want to add some soy sauce for that authentic taste. Let me know how you like it!

Thanks for stopping by!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

up, useful, and awesome. This is a very useful article Homesteadbound. With the economy like it is and family, a meal like this is great for the family and good on the wallet. We have to take advantage of this in everyway possible. Good stuff, meals, and article. I always have enjoyed Asian and Chinese foods, especially the fried rice. Take care my dear Homesteadbound. Until next time....


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

thelyricwriter - I just plain like food. I hope you get a chance to enjoy this. If you eat pork, it is really good with a leftover fried pork chop slivered into it. Have a great one. Thanks for stopping by!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yummy. I like a good fried rice, and this one looks good! And I absolutely LOVE egg drop soup, so I'm anxious to try your recipe. Bookmarking this recipe, too. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Victoria Lynn - You will have to try it out and let me know how you like it. It is such a simple thing to make and it tastes so good. I'm going to double check my recipe. I finally found my cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!


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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

I am going to try this soup recipe for sure, but will substitute my own homemade chicken stock for the bouillon cubes for a lower-sodium alternative. That way I can dump in more soy sauce! : ) Thanks for sharing.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Thanks for sharing your recipes. I'll have to try the egg drop soup again...I never have much success in getting good 'strings'.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

DeborahNeyens - Sounds like a good plan to me. Let me know how you like it. Thanks for stopping by!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

frogyfish - you will have to give this a try. Make sure the eggs are well scrambled, pour slowly and keeps stirring the whole time. You should get the strings that you are looking for! Come back and let me know how it turned out! Thanks for stopping by!


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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

I tried the stir-fried rice. Thank you very much. It really let me give a fresh new taste to leftover chicken and rice.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Millionaire Tips - I am pleased that you enjoyed it, and very pleased that you lived ... no I mean returned to tell about it! LOL

It is a quick and easy way to use left overs.

Thanks so much for coming back and sharing.


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samiaali 5 years ago

Very nice Hub homesteadbound! I will try the egg drop soup soon. Thank you! :)


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

samiaali - I hope you enjoy the soup when you get a chance to try it.

Thanks for stopping by!

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