I’m going to introduce you to an easy, fast, and delicious lunchbox item today. It’s a one-bowl meal: stir-fried rice with chicken, seasoned with Korean curry powder. This is a dish I used to make for my children’s lunchboxes all the time, and they loved it. It’s perfect for lunchboxes because it still tastes good 5 to 6 hours after it’s made.

The last time I used Korean curry powder in a recipe my Indian viewers were surprised that I didn’t mix it myself. But that’s the package that Koreans use in many recipes such as curry rice, curry coated chicken, or today’s recipe curry fried rice. It’s convenient because it has all the spices and salt we need, a unique, savory taste, and an appetizing yellow color. You can find it in a Korean grocery store or online. But ever since I starting living outside of Korea, I’ve come and know and enjoy real Indian curry, too.

A tip for this recipe is to use fermented kimchi because it gives a sour flavor and crispy texture. And I also rinse it off because I want to get rid of the red kimchi seasoning so my curry fried rice remains a nice yellow.

Enjoy the recipe!


For the chicken:

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • about 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • a pinch of ground black pepper

For the curry stir-fry:

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ of medium size onion (½ cup), chopped
  • 8 ounces fermented kimchi, rinsed, squeezed, and chopped.
  • ¼ cup peeled and chopped carrot
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored and chopped
  • ¼ cup Korean curry powder
  • 2 bowls of cooked rice (about 3 cups)
  • 2 over-easy eggs (optional)


Marinate chicken:

  1. Combine the chicken, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix it well with a wooden spoon.

Make stir fry:

  1. Heat up a large frying pan over medium hight heat.
  2. Add the vegetable oil and onion and stir for about 1 to 2 minutes until the onion turns light brown.
  3. Stir in the chicken and cook for about 3 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Add kimchi, carrot, and green bell pepper. Stir for 2 to 3 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.
  5. Add 2 bowls of rice (3 cups’ worth), stir it in and mix all together with the wooden spoon. Stir in the curry powder until everything is a well mixed, even yellow color with no rice lumps.


  1. Remove from the heat. Transfer to 2 plates and top with an over-easy eggs on each (if you use). Or pack it in a lunchbox. It will still be delicious even hours later.

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  1. JDembergh New York joined 10/22 & has 1 comment

    I would like to try this recipe but the curry powder has wheat flour in it. I could make my own version of the powder with some guidance as I probably have all the ingredients.

  2. Nany Far from Korea joined 5/21 & has 1 comment

    What can I use instead of Korean curry powder?

  3. Dracothea Canada joined 10/19 & has 2 comments

    My partner saw your Youtube video and insisted we make this. I am SO glad we did, it was soooooooo good. We’ll be making this all the time from now on, thanks for the AMAZING recipe!

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  4. msf1949 canada joined 3/19 & has 2 comments

    when are you going to make your wonderful recipes printable?

  5. BeelzeBabe Finland joined 9/18 & has 9 comments

    I made this with quorn cubes (it’s mycoprotein, or mushroom protein; kind of like tofu, but very “chickeny”) instead of the chicken, and it turned out so well! Perfect comfort food at the end of a long week. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

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