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Spicy Chicken & Basil Fried Rice

This spicy fried rice is full-on fiery, guys! It’s a combination of that gorgeous Thai stir-fry pad gaprao paired with delicious savoury rice… and it totally packs a hot punch! Ease up on the chillies if needed to suit (and save) your tastebuds.


Spicy Chicken & Basil Fried Rice

15 minutes
10 minutes

300g (10 oz) thinly sliced chicken thighs

4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

6 birdseye chillies*

½ tsp sea salt

¼ cup oyster sauce

1 tbsp Chinese light soy sauce

1 tbsp fish sauce

1 tsp white sugar

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 small onion, sliced

3 cups cooked long-grain rice (day old is best)

1 cup holy basil leaves*

4 crispy fried eggs, to serve (optional)

cucumber slices, to serve

lime wedges, to serve



2 tsp fish sauce

¼ tsp white pepper

  • Step 1

    Combine the chicken with the marinade ingredients. Set aside for later.

  • Step 2

    Use a mortar and pestle to pound the garlic, birdseye chillies and salt to a rough paste. Set aside for later.

  • Step 3

    Make a stir-fry sauce by combining the oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce and sugar in a small bowl. Set aside for later.

  • Step 4

    Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the onion and cook for 30 seconds. Then add the garlic chilli paste and cook for another 30 seconds. Then add the chicken and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Add the rice and the stir-fry sauce and stir-fry until well combined and the rice is evenly coloured. Now toss through the holy basil and remove from the heat.

  • Step 5

    To serve, divide the rice among serving plates. Serve with a crispy fried egg, cucumber and lime.

  • Notes

    – Holy basil is known in Thailand as ‘bai gaprao’ and also known as hot or spicy basil. Use Italian basil if unavailable.

    – Use less chilli for a milder dish.

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What our customers say

5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 3 reviews)
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Super tasty!

June 9, 2023

So easy and so flavourful!

This is going to be a favourite.

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February 1, 2023

This is so good, I’m so happy we found this recipe! If you like authentic Thai food, try this out. Marion’s kitchen never disappoints.

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Thai chicken chilli rice

July 6, 2022

This dish is so authentic and absolutely delicious. So easy to make. The family get excited when they smell it cooking

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