Cookbook:Khao Pad Gai (Thai Chicken Fried Rice)

Khao Pad Gai (Thai Chicken Fried Rice)
CategoryThai recipes
Servings3 as a meal
Time40 minutes

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Khao pad gai is Thai-style fried rice with chicken, as street vendors in the central region of Thailand make it. Note that this is a very imprecise recipe, and so "cups" means "handfuls". Any measuring tool that holds about the capacity of a large handful will do.






  • 3 slices cucumber, peeled (note: can run fork down all sides lightly if desired)
  • 3 slices roma tomato
  • 3 sprigs green onion
  • Lettuce leaf


  1. Make sure that all of the ingredients are prepared and set aside in small bowls by the stove.
  2. Add about 4 Tbsp peanut oil to the wok, and turn the flame to high heat.
  3. When the oil is almost smoking, add the chicken strips and push around vigorously with a wok spoon or spatula.
  4. When the chicken seems as if it is starting to brown, push it up the side of the wok and crack the eggs into the wok.
  5. Stir the eggs around a bit. When almost fully scrambled, mix in the chicken and stir around for 30 seconds more.
  6. Push the eggs/chicken to the side, add some more oil, and throw in the tomato and onion. Stir-fry for about 5 minutes. They will not look done, but in the end, they will be fine.
  7. Add the cold cooked rice and mix it all in.
  8. Turn the heat to low, then add a few splashes of fish sauce and soy sauce to taste.
  9. Add sugar, salt, MSG, a splash of vinegar, and chili sauce if wanted. Lastly, add the fried garlic on top. Stir it all in and turn off the heat.
  10. On a large platter, arrange the garnishes on a lettuce leaf, and plate the fried rice next to it.
  11. Eat the garnishes with the fried rice.