I wished a fried rice recipe that basically celebrates the flavours of chilies – not simply their warmth. This fried rice options not one, not two, however three several types of chilies, mixed with the perfume of Thai basil to tie all of it collectively! And no, it would not make this dish overwhelmingly spicy, and you’ll certainly customise the warmth stage whereas nonetheless preserving all of the scrumptious chili flavour. It is not one thing I created out of skinny air, however a standard Thai dish (with a few tweaks from me)!

A plate of triple chili fried rice with cucumber slices and a lime wedge

Chili #1 – Thai Chili Paste (nam prik pao)

In Thai, this dish is known as kao pad nam prik pao, translated merely as Thai chili paste fried rice. So our chili #1 is Thai chili paste or nam prik pao, also referred to as chili jam. It is the candy and savoury umami-loaded ingredient that’s utilized in many Thai dishes together with the world well-known tom yum goong. Although that is an ingredient most individuals purchase, you can also make your personal do-it-yourself chili paste comparatively simply.

Thai chili paste or Thai chili jam (nam prik pao). Pantai model is broadly accessible exterior of Thailand, although Mae Pranom is an excellent one that’s much less candy. Additionally take a look at my do-it-yourself chili paste recipe.

Chili #2 – Roasted Chili Flakes (prik pon)

Whereas Thai chili paste is scrumptious, it’s totally gentle, so many of the warmth on this dish goes to return from our second chili: roasted chili flakes. That is the place you get to customise the warmth stage so add as a lot or as little as you want.

You should buy purple pepper flakes, after which toast them in a dry pan over low warmth, stirring consistently, till the get a little bit smokey. Or do it the Thai approach by beginning with entire dried spicy chilies, corresponding to chile de arbol, and toasting them till charred spots type on the floor earlier than grinding them into flakes. Try this quick Instagram video of me making this. It is a staple condiment in any Thai residence, and is what we use as an all-purpose warmth booster for any dish.

Chili #3 – Contemporary Chilies (prik sod)

Each chilies 1 and a pair of are dried, so a little bit freshness is required. The third chili is any type of contemporary chilies you want, and you’ll go a little bit milder right here on condition that the warmth is already coming from chili #2 (or go sizzling in case you just like the burn!). These will function refreshing pops of fruitiness (if utilizing purple chilies) or grassiness (if utilizing inexperienced) that I feel is necessary right here.

a plate of fresno and serrano chilies
Fresno peppers (purple) or serrano pepper (inexperienced) are good choices for contemporary chilies in case you can deal with some warmth.

Jalapenos, fresnos, serranos are nice spicy choices, and the seeds and pith may be eliminated for much less warmth. If you do not need any extra warmth, anaheim or bell pepper will work superbly. In Thailand we regularly use the gentle spur chilies or prik chee fa for this goal.

Components You may Want

Listed below are all of the elements you will want. The hen may be substituted with some other protein you want. Tofu works superbly on this recipe.

Ingredients for triple chili fried rice
  • Hen, or one other protein
  • Thai basil
  • Roasted chili flakes
  • Diced onion
  • Eggs
  • Fish sauce
  • Thai chili paste
  • Contemporary chilies
  • Garlic
  • Cooked jasmine rice


This is a chook’s eye view of the method, however you’ll want to take a look at the full video tutorial within the recipe card beneath to make sure success!

process shots for making triple chili fried rice, steps 1-4
  1. Marinate the hen with soy sauce, sugar and water.
  2. If the rice is sizzling, unfold it out in order that it could possibly dry out a bit and it’ll separate extra simply within the wok.
  3. Sear the hen till browned, then cook dinner it by means of, and take away from the wok.
  4. Scramble the eggs, and take away from the wok.
process shots for making triple chili fried rice, steps 5-8
  1. Saute garlic and roasted chili flakes in oil till the chili flakes scent a bit smokey.
  2. Add the rice and toss briefly.
  3. Add the chili paste and fish sauce and toss briefly.
  4. Add onions after which toss till there aren’t any extra rice clumps.
process shots for making triple chili fried rice, steps 9-12
  1. Add hen and eggs again in and toss.
  2. Add contemporary chilies.
  3. Add Thai basil and toss simply till wilted.
  4. Serve with cucumber slices and add a squeeze of lime earlier than consuming!

3 Professional Ideas for the Good Fried Rice with No Clumps!

Making fried rice is straightforward in concept, however many individuals run into problems with mushy rice, clumpy rice, or rice that tastes like “blended rice” somewhat than fried rice with that good toasted flavour. As a chef who has labored in eating places that churn out fried rice, listed here are some suggestions that will help you with these points.

Your rice wants to begin out DRY…however you do not want day-old rice.

We’re including moist issues, i.e. the sauce, meat, veggies, so if the rice begins out already too moist, you threat clumpy or mushy rice. This isn’t an issue with business stoves with very excessive warmth that dry out the sauce rapidly. However at residence we typically have weaker stoves, and we are inclined to crowd the pan cuz we’re feeding a household of 4. So what to do?

When you have chilly, previous rice within the fridge, nice. That can assist as a result of the rice dries and loses stickiness when chilled, in order that they separate higher within the pan. But when you do not have leftover rice, it’s NOT an issue in any respect. Listed below are somethings you are able to do.

  • If you are making contemporary rice, add rather less water. For jasmine rice, use a 1 to 1 ratio of rice to water, as a substitute of the same old 1 to 1.25.
  • If you have already got sizzling rice made, unfold the rice out onto a plate when you prep in order that extra steam can escape and it could possibly cool and dry. When you have further time as soon as it is cooled to room temp, you may stick it within the fridge to chill it additional.

Enable your rice to “sit and sear”

After the rice has blended totally with the sauce, do not rush it. Let it sit and sear for 10-15 seconds at a time, relying on the warmth of your range, in order that the rice can toast and brown. That is the place the flavour develops. Bear in mind that is fried rice, not “blended rice”. See how I do that within the video at minute 06:45.

All the time use marinated protein

You’ve got received scrumptious fried rice, but it surely’s being interrupted by items of bland, dry boneless skinless hen breast…a standard a technique to spoil an in any other case excellent dish! So if utilizing hen, pork, beef, and even tofu, all the time marinate to offer them flavour so they do not take away from the rice.

Shrimp is not often a problem although as a result of they’re extra flavourful to begin, so that you need not marinade them.

A easy soy sauce or fish sauce marinade is okay, however I like so as to add a little bit sugar to assist with browning (and flavour) and a little bit little bit of water which is able to get absorbed into the meat like a brine and make it further juicy. The water additionally provides us an even bigger buffer in case we by accident overcook the meat, which is straightforward to do!

Steadily Requested Questions

What is an efficient substitute for Thai chili paste?

Sadly, nothing. The flavour of Thai chili paste is so distinctive and complicated, that nothing you employ may even approximate its flavour. If you cannot discover it in shops, it isn’t arduous to make Thai chili paste at residence. It takes a little bit of time, but it surely retains endlessly!

How can I make this recipe vegan?

Sadly chili paste comprises dried shrimp, so there is not any technique to make this dish vegan, however you make your personal utilizing my recipe and substitute the dried shrimp with some chopped rehydrated dried shiitake mushrooms.

What is an efficient substitute for Thai basil?

Thai basil is added for freshness and perfume. Common Italian basil will work nice right here, however you may’t discover any, chopped cilantro and/or inexperienced onions also can work in a pinch.

Earlier than you begin, you’ll want to watch the video tutorial to make sure success! I all the time embrace little suggestions and tips not talked about within the weblog put up. The video is within the recipe card beneath, however you can too watch it on YouTube!

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A plate of triple chili fried rice with cucumber slices and a lime wedge

3-Chili Fried Rice with Thai Basil

Kao pad nam prik pao is a Thai fried rice that options our Thai chili paste as the principle seasoning, but in addition has dried chili flakes and contemporary chilies. It sounds spicy, however you may modify and make it as spicy as you may deal with. The Thai basil add freshness and perfume that completes the dish. Pair it with hen, tofu, shrimp or any type of meat. Fast to arrange, and gluten-free!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 15 minutes

Course Fundamental Course

Delicacies Thai

Servings 2 servings

Energy 644 kcal



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  1. You should buy retailer purchased chili flakes and toast them over low warmth in a dry skillet till they darken in color and scent a bit smoky. I make my very own from entire dried chilies which I toast in a dry skillet over medium excessive warmth till they’re charred and smoky, then grind in a espresso grinder.
  2. Use any contemporary chilies whose warmth you may deal with, given the 2 different chilies you have added. Jalapenos or fresnos are nice, and you’ll take away the seeds a pith to cut back the warmth. Bell pepper additionally works rather well in case you do not wish to add any extra warmth.

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  • Mix the hen with all marinade elements and blend properly. Let it sit for a minimum of quarter-hour, stirring midway by means of, and till many of the water has been absorbed into the hen and is not pooling.

    8 oz hen breast, 2 tsp soy sauce, ¼ tsp sugar, 1 Tbsp water

  • Combine the chili paste with 2 tsp of fish sauce to loosen it up and permit it to combine extra simply into the fried rice.

    1 ½ Tbsp Thai chili paste, 2-3 tsp fish sauce

  • Sear the hen: Warmth a wok or a big nonstick skillet over excessive warmth and add simply sufficient oil to coat the underside. As soon as the oil may be very sizzling, add the hen and unfold it out into one layer. Enable the hen to sear till the underside is browned, then toss and maintain cooking till the hen is cooked by means of. Take away from the pan, leaving the oil behind.

    3 Tbsp impartial oil

  • Scramble the eggs: In the identical pan, add a little bit extra oil if wanted (if utilizing a nonstick pan you could not want any oil in any respect) and warmth at medium excessive till it is sizzling and able to go. Add the eggs and scramble them, protecting the yolks and whites barely marbled. As soon as the eggs are performed, take away from the pan. At this level if the pan has some bits of eggs caught on it you may wipe or scrape them off, however there is not any want to scrub the pan.(PS. The egg is cooked individually and added again in with the intention to maintain its color vibrant. In any other case it’s going to get coated within the chili paste and all the pieces seems to be the identical color.)

    2 eggs

  • Fry the rice: Add a couple of tablespoon of oil to the wok and warmth it over medium warmth. Add the garlic and dried chilies and saute till the chilies begin to scent a bit smokey, about 1 minute.

    4 cloves garlic, ½ – 1 tsp roasted chili flakes

  • Add the rice and toss with the garlic briefly, then flip the warmth as much as excessive. Add the onion and the sauce and toss till the rice grains are separated and evenly coated within the sauce. If there are clumps, use your spatula to push them down to interrupt them aside.

    12.5 oz cooked jasmine rice, ½ cup diced onion

  • Add the eggs and the hen again in together with any collected hen juices within the bowl. (*If for some cause your rice is trying too moist and it would not appear to be it could possibly deal with extra liquid with out getting mushy, maintain again on the hen juices.)

  • Flip off the warmth then style and add extra fish sauce if wanted. Add the contemporary chilies and Thai basil and toss simply till the basil is wilted.

    3 Tbsp sliced contemporary chilies, 1 cup Thai basil leaves

  • Serve with lime wedge and contemporary cucumber slices, you’ll want to squeeze the lime over the rice earlier than consuming!

    Lime wedges for serving, Cucumber slices for serving

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Energy: 644kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 36gFats: 29gSaturated Fats: 5gPolyunsaturated Fats: 4gMonounsaturated Fats: 18gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 236mgSodium: 1017mgPotassium: 656mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 274IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 2mg

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