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American Fried Rice

This variation of fried rice is hugely popular in Thailand… kids love it! With crispy chicken tenders and cute frankfurters on the side, it’s a plate of pure retro fun, but still tastes utterly delicious. Try it for your littlies today!


American Fried Rice

10 minutes
20 minutes

vegetable oil for shallow frying, plus 2 tbsp extra

4 small mini frankfurter/hot dog sausages

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 slices ham, roughly chopped

2 tbsp frozen peas

1 tbsp raisins

2 cups cooked rice (click to see my recipe for how to cook rice for fried rice)

sliced tomato, to serve

2 fried eggs, to serve


Seasoning sauce:

¼ cup tomato ketchup

1 tbsp fish sauce

2 tsp soy sauce

½ tsp sugar


Crumbed chicken strips:

4 small pieces chicken breast or tenders

2 tbsp corn flour

1 egg

¼ cup panko breadcrumbs

sea salt

  • Step 1

    To make the crumbed chicken strips, season the chicken with salt. Then coat each piece in flour, then egg and then breadcrumbs.

  • Step 2

    Heat enough oil to cover the base of a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the crumbed chicken strips for 2-3 minutes each side or until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel.

  • Step 3

    Clean the pan and add another tablespoon of oil. Cook the mini frankfurter sausages until cooked through. Drain on paper towel also.

  • Step 4

    Combine the ingredients for the seasoning sauce.

  • Step 5

    Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and stir-fry for half a minute. Then add the ham, peas and raisins and stir-fry for another half a minute. Add the rice and the seasoning sauce and stir-fry until well combined.

  • Step 6

    Serve with sliced tomato, fried eggs, crumbed chicken and sausages.

How do you make American fried rice?

American fried rice is a Thai dish that uses ‘American’ ingredients, think ham, fried chicken, raisins and of course Ketchup. Serve with a fried egg on top and with chicken tenders and mini frankfurters on the side and you have traditional Thai American fried rice.

Where does American fried rice come from?

As confusing as it is, American fried rice did NOT originate in the United States. American fried rice is actually from Thailand, and is hugely popular there. The name American fried rice comes from the inclusion of ‘American’ ingredients – like ketchup, ham, hot dogs and raisins. This dish is super popular with kids and is often served alongside chicken tenders and mini frankfurters.

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