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Thai Chicken Fried Rice

This is a pretty basic Thai fried rice recipe, there are a lot of other options you could do with this recipe but this is a good starting point!  Use as a main course or a great starter.

  • 2 cups of leftover rice – Jasmine rice is recommended (slightly dry is best)
  • 1 lb of chicken breast or tenders cut into chunks (may use leftover meat too)
  • 1 Tbls. soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce (optional)
  • ½ onion sliced or 1 shallot sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1-2 carrots diced or in match sticks
  • 2-3 scallions sliced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • Juice of half of a lime
  • Red pepper flakes (optional about ½ tsp. per level of heat you want*)
  • Sri Racha chili sauce (optional recommended if you are going for spicy)

Garnish with (optional):

  • Cilantro or fresh basil
  • Cucumbers slice (very traditional)
  • Lime wedges

Add some oil (canola, grape seed, or peanut oil works best) to a wok or a heavy frying pan, season chicken with some pepper and add to pan when nice and hot.  Cook until chicken is browned and cooked through.  Remove from pan and set aside.  If using pre-cooked chicken, add at the same time you as the rice.

fried-rice

Add more oil if needed then add garlic, onion, and carrots and cook until softened, if you are going to add egg do it now, scramble egg before adding to pan/wok and keep it moving until cooked and scrambled, at this point add tomatoes stir in for a minute or so, then add the rice, soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, pepper flakes, Sri Racha and chicken, cook until warmed through stirring often, last minute add the scallions and cilantro/basil.  Serve family style.

It’s very traditional to garnish with cucumber slices which is a nice counter point in texture, taste and heat.  A nice cool reprieve to your tongue.

Note:  Fried rice is found all over Asia, especially in the south and eastern parts, it is one of those meals that vary widely from country to country and family to family, it is a meal often built on leftover so feel free to add whatever you like and have on hand!

Thai fried rice

* Most Thai places have a heat range you can choose from ranging from 1-5 (or some variation) where 1 is mild and 5 is only for the insane heat lovers.

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