Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Fried Rice


This Thai basil fried rice is a staple of Thai cooking and a great use for leftover rice. Adjust the spices to your tastes. I get Thai basil from a local Asian market. It has a different flavor than regular basil and makes all the difference in this recipe. It is fast and fairly easy to make but requires constant stirring.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ cup peanut oil for frying

  • 6 large cloves garlic clove, crushed

  • 2 serrano peppers, crushed

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips

  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice, chilled

  • 2 cups sweet Thai basil

  • 1 cucumber, sliced (Optional)

  • ½ cup cilantro sprigs (Optional)


  1. Whisk together oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar in a small bowl; set aside.

  2. Heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat until oil begins to smoke. Add garlic and serrano peppers, stirring quickly. Stir in chicken, bell pepper, onion, and oyster sauce mixture; cook until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear.

  3. Increase heat to high and stir in chilled rice; stir quickly until sauce is well blended with rice. Use the back of a spoon to break up any rice sticking together.

  4. Remove the wok from heat. Stir in basil leaves. Garnish with sliced cucumber and cilantro.

    close up view of Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Fried Rice topped with a fried egg on a plate

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

794 Calories
22g Fat
116g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 794
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 469mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 116g 42%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 34mg 171%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 514mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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