Phil Vickery’s special-fried rice recipe

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Phil's special-fried rice is a delicious meal when you don't have much time to prepare a nutritious meal for the family.

Phil Vickery’s special-fried rice recipe
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  • healthy
  • Low-fat
  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Five A DayThree
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories269 Kcal13%
Sugar5 g6%
Fat11 g16%
Saturated Fat2 g10%
Salt1.7 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein17 g34%
Carbohydrates23 g9%
Salt1.7 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Phil Vickery’s special-fried rice recipe is a healthy take on a classic oriental egg-fried rice dish. As part of the ITV show Save Money Good Diet, Phil aims to create healthy versions of the nation's favourite dishes while on a budget.

This special fried rice is packed full of vegetables, ham, chicken, and prawns. Using cauliflower rice is a healthier alternative to rice and it's lower in calories if you're watching your waistline. Phil says: "Instead of using all rice, in this recipe cauliflower is ground up to resemble grains. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how this dish turned out: I was quite skeptical about removing pretty much half of the main component of the dish."


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, sliced on a diagonal
  • 200g cauliflower (1small whole), finely processed in a food-processor to ‘cauliflower rice’ consistency
  • 200g cooked brown rice
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice
  • 200g mixed frozen vegetables, defrosted
  • 70g cooked cold-water prawns
  • 30g wafer-thin ham
  • 50g leftover or cooked chicken
  • Freshly ground black pepper




  1. Mix the egg yolks and white together with 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce and a dash of pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, then add the eggs and spread out evenly. Gently draw the edges of the cooked egg from the sides of the pan so you end up with a nice, flat omelette. Once fully cooked (about 3-4 minutes), pop the omelette onto a plate.
  2. In a large non-stick wok, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over a high heat. Fry the garlic. Chilli and spring onions for 1-2 minutes, then add the cauliflower rice and stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring well to release some of its moisture.
  3. Add the brown rice, Chinese 5 spice and the remaining 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Add the defrosted vegetables to the wok and stir-fry for a further 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the prawns, ham and chicken and cook for 34 minutes to warm through, ensuring they are properly reheated.
  5. Finally, slice the omelette and mix into the pan. Serve.
Top Tip for making Phil Vickery’s special-fried rice

Cauliflower is a high-fibre, low-carb alternative to rice, which drastically cuts the calories of this favourite dish. If you don't have a food-processor, you can chop or shave finely with a sharp knife instead.

Phil Vickery
Celebrity Chef

Phil Vickery has been part of the This Morning team for over 20 years and his recipes are unsurprisingly a huge hit with families as they are fuss-free, wholesome and delicious. He’s one of the country’s most-loved chefs and is passionate about using locally sourced ingredients to cook classic British dishes. In fact, in Phil’s spare time he likes to spend ours on his farm tending to the land and livestock, which includes pigs.