This is a great easy chicken fried rice recipe that can be prepared in just about 30 minutes. Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice

I have always loved chicken fried rice. Growing up, my mom would make it with frozen chicken breasts. I have also made it with leftover chicken from rotisserie chicken. But recently, I have started to make it with fresh chicken. And it’s so so much better! My family and friends are always impressed at how flavorful and tasty it is. I love that I can cook this up quickly in my wok. It’s a great dish for busy nights!

You can buy ready-made fried rice in a bag or bowl, but why not try making your own? Let’s see how to make a great Asian dish at home.

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Fried Rice with Thai Basil Chicken is a flavorful one-pan meal.

Khao Phat Gai Kra Pao is the Thai name for this dish, which combines two classic Thai dishes—Thai Fried Rice and Spicy Basil Chicken—into a one-pan feast with strong tastes. For this dish, I’m thrilled to be working with MahatmaTM Rice and Albertsons.

Albertsons grocer bag with ingredients to make Thai Basil Fried Rice

Mahatma Rice provides high-quality Thai jasmine rice, which is required for preparing Thai cuisine at home. And I like providing my family with healthy, non-GMO foods. The jasmine rice has a delicate flowery fragrance and cooks nicely.

Cooked Mahatma rice in a pot

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Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice Recipe –

1 cup Mahatma Jasmine Rice, cooked according to package directions and set aside to cool. This is best done the day ahead and refrigerated. However, I’ve also been in a hurry and completed it the same day. Allow rice to chill uncovered after cooking if prepared the same day. 

Prior to cooking, prepare all of your ingredients and have them ready. Because stir fry dishes are prepared fast, this is always the norm.

Two white bowls with finished Thai Basil Fried rice and image of Mahatma Rice package.

2 tablespoons oil, heated in a large skillet or wok over medium heat Stir in the garlic and chopped jalapeo for a few seconds to unleash their flavors. To make the jalapeo less spicy, remove the seeds.

Cooking garlic and jalapenos in a wok

Increase the heat to high and stir in the ground chicken, breaking it up with a spatula.

Adding soy sauce to wok

Stir in the soy sauce and fish sauce after the ground chicken is approximately halfway done. Coconut aminos or tamari may be used in place of soy sauce if you require a gluten-free alternative.

Adding onions and bell pepper to wok.

When the chicken is done, add the chopped onion and bell pepper, stir to combine, and simmer for a minute to soften.

Adding Basil leaves to wok

Then, reduce the heat to medium and add the washed basil leaves. Now add the cooked and cooled Mahatma Rice. Stir thoroughly, then test for flavor, adding more soy sauce or fish sauce if necessary.

Cooking Fried rice in a wok

Spicy basil meals in Thailand are often served with a fried egg (kai dao) on top to help temper the heat. To prepare a Thai-style fried egg, heat oil in a nonstick pan or a clean wok until it is hot. After that, gently put the egg in the oil while avoiding splattering oneself.

Frying an egg in a non stick skillet

Serve with additional basil leaves, sliced cucumbers, and a fried egg on top of the Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice.

Overhead view of finished Thai Basil Fried rice and topped with a fried egg.

Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice is a hearty meal with a strong taste profile. It reminds me of my youth, when my mother would cook fried rice when she was in a hurry or wanted to use up protein and vegetables. If you have any extra vegetables on hand, you may throw them in for a nutritional boost. 

Two white bowls with finished Thai Basil Fried rice and topped with a fried egg.

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Overhead view of finished Thai Basil Fried rice and topped with a fried egg.

Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice

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Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice is a flavorful one-pan meal.

15-minute prep time

Time to cook: 25 minutes

Course Description:

Thai cuisine

Instructions 

  • In a small saucepan, cook 1 cup MahatmaTM Rice according to package instructions. Allow to cool completely before placing in the refrigerator.

  • 2 tablespoons oil, heated in a large skillet or wok over medium heat Stir in the garlic and chopped jalapeo for a few seconds to unleash their flavors. To make the jalapeo less spicy, remove the seeds.

  • Increase the heat to high and stir in the ground chicken, breaking it up with a spatula.

  • Add the sauce mixture and toss well after the ground chicken is approximately halfway done. Keeping breaking apart the chicken. When the chicken is done, add the chopped onion and bell pepper, stir to combine, and simmer for a minute to soften. 

  • Then, reduce the heat to medium and add the washed basil leaves. Now add the cooked and cooled Mahatma Rice. Stir thoroughly, then test for flavor, adding more soy sauce or fish sauce if necessary.

  • Serve with additional basil leaves, sliced cucumbers, and a fried egg on top of the Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice.

 

This week, I’ve been eating Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice for lunch at least two days a week. I always have leftover chicken when I make this recipe, which is a great way to use up some of the parts of your chicken that you don’t want to eat. Typically, I cook the chicken breasts in the slow cooker, and then shred the pieces up in my food processor. Then, I stir in some rice vinegar, soy sauce, peanut butter, garlic, and chili flakes. This is a very simple and flavorful meal that goes great with some fruit or a side of vegetables.. Read more about thai basil fried rice restaurant and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Thai basil the same as basil?

Thai basil is the same as basil.

What is the difference between Thai fried rice and Chinese fried rice?

Thai fried rice is made with coconut milk and curry, whereas Chinese fried rice is made with soy sauce.

How do you make holy basil fried rice?

I am not a chef, so I cannot answer this question.