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Classic Thai Chicken Fried Rice

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Thai fried rice
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This simple, yet wonderful recipe for Chicken Fried Rice will please everyone at your table. It's easy to make and just as tasty as the fried rice you'll get at your favorite Asian restaurant. If you happen to have 'old' rice (leftover from other meals), fried rice is the perfect way to use it up; but even freshly-made rice makes for great fried rice when fried up in the right way and with the right sauces. This recipe will teach you how to do just that, so your fried rice tastes as light and flavorful as it possibly can. The dish also includes vegetables (mushrooms and peas), and is topped off with spring onion. Serve with Thai chili sauce on the side for those who like it extra spicy, and ENJOY!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: SERVES 4


  • 4-5 cups cooked rice, preferably several days old
  • 1 boneless chicken breast or 2 thighs, chopped into small bits
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 4 spring onions, sliced, white parts separate from green
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red or green chili, thinly sliced OR a sprinkling of chili flakes
  • 5-7 fresh shiitake mushrooms, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 2-3 vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp. chicken stock
  • 3 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp. white pepper OR pinch black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar


  1. If using leftover cold rice: drizzle a teaspoon or two of oil on your fingers and work through the rice, separating clumps back into grains.
  2. Place chopped chicken in a bowl and add soy sauce. Stir well and set aside. Next, combine all 'stir-fry sauce' ingredients together in a cup, stirring to dissolve sugar and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Warm a wok or large frying pan over high or medium-high heat. Drizzle in 2 Tbsp. oil and swirl around, then add the white parts of the onion, garlic, and chili. Stir-fry 1 minute, then add the chicken. Stir-fry 2-3 minutes, or until chicken turns evenly opaque.
  4. Add mushrooms and celery and stir-fry 2-3 minutes, until mushrooms and chicken are cooked through (celery should stay a little crunchy). If your wok/pan becomes too dry, add 1-2 Tbsp. chicken stock or white wine.
  5. Keeping heat high, add the rice. Stir-fry using a spatula or other flat utensil to gently lift and turn the rice. Gradually begin adding the sauce you made, 1-2 Tbsp. at a time. Continue stir-frying 6-10 minutes, or until all the sauce has been added.
  6. Add frozen peas and stir-fry to incorporate. Then push everything aside to reveal the center of the pan. Crack in the egg and quickly stir-fry to scramble. Note that the egg will dry out the pan - add a little more oil if you wish. Continue stir-frying everything together 2 more minutes or until rice is light and falls easily into separate grains.
  7. Remove from heat and taste-test, adding more fish sauce until desired flavor and saltiness is achieved. If too salty, add a squeeze of lime juice. Top with reserved green onion. For those who like it extra spicy, serve Thai Chili Sauce on the side, and ENJOY!

If using a stainless steel wok or pan (not non-stick): Non-stick pans make frying easier, as there is more moisture kept in the pan. But if you don't have non-stick (my own wok is stainless steel), the pan can get too dry, especially after frying the egg. Adding a little oil can help - just push ingredients aside and drizzle some into the bottom of your pan, then continue stir-frying. Also, this will give your fried-rice a restaurant-looking 'shine' when served. Avoid adding any more stock or other liquids when frying the rice, or your rice will become too heavy and lumpy. Cheers!

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 5 out of 5
Awesome fried rice, Member toomuchbutter

Great fried rice. I eat it as a post workout meal since its rather low fat. I added things such as carrots, red onions, and a bit of shredded ginger. One gripe - the texture was going great until I add the egg. It makes the rice clump together and become rather gooey. I've made it three times now, and I keep thinking I'm adding the egg wrong or scrambling it together too soon, but it happens every time. I think next time Ill add the egg even sooner or even take the effort to scramble it in a different pan and add it at the end. Otherwise great recipe.

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