Fried Chicken and Rice Salad

Looking for quick and easy lunch ideas? Using fried chicken tenders, you can enjoy this hassle-free Fried Chicken and Rice salad in just 20 minutes.

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Fried Chicken and Rice Salad

Cooking time
PREP TIME 5 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 15 mins (if baked)
Ready in
TOTAL TIME 20 mins


  • 1 bag Success® White Rice
  • 12 oz fried chicken tenders, frozen
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup creamy ranch dressing


  • Create a delicious and filling base for this meal using convenient Boil-in-Bag Success® White Rice with a store-bought coleslaw mix and juicy cherry tomatoes.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Prepare chicken tenders according to package directions (bake for 15 minutes or fry for 2-3 minutes).

    Step 3

  • In a large bowl combine rice, peas, carrots, red bell peppers, slaw mix and tomatoes. Slice chicken into bite-sized pieces.

    Step 4

  • Arrange rice mixture on platter or individual bowls. Top with chicken and drizzle with dressing.

    Recipe Tips

    Substitute leftover fried chicken for chicken nuggets.

    Top with cooked crumbled bacon and blue cheese. Or, toss chicken with buffalo wing sauce and chopped celery.

Family-Friendly Rice Salad

To make this quick and tasty rice salad, prepare your Boil-in-Bag rice; after all, it’s the perfect base for rice salads and cooks up in just 10 minutes with no measuring and no mess! Then, combine with a store-bought coleslaw mix and toss in fresh cherry tomatoes! Add on crunchy chicken tenders, whether you prefer baked or fried, and drizzle with creamy ranch dressing. With so many great flavors mixed in with hearty vegetables, the entire family will enjoy this lunch or dinner! 

Adjust the Ingredients: if you prefer, making this into a Meatless Monday recipe idea using a chicken alternative like baked tofu or another variety of meat-free breaded strips. Substitute any other dressing of choice for the ranch dressing and include or omit any vegetables of choice to adapt to your preferences.

Picnic or BBQ Meal

Once the chicken is prepared, this rice salad can be served chilled or at room temperature, so it is a wonderful meal idea to share as a BBQ side dish or to take on a picnic! Enjoy on your own at the park or with family and friends. If you are taking this salad with you to share, remember to keep the dressing separate until it’s served.

For an extra twist, prepare a salad board with different dressings on the side and any additional toppings to have everyone build their own dish.

Dressings: Make the dressings from scratch or buy pre-maid dressings such as Caesar, French, honey-mustard, green goddess dressing, Italian dressing, sweet chili, or pesto to name a few.

Toppings: Crumbled bacon, blue cheese, nuts or croutons for an extra crunch.

Make sure to bring cold beverages to keep you refreshed in the sun and some fresh fruit for dessert.

Looking for a seafood dinner idea? Try our simple shrimp fried rice.