Thai Chicken Fried Rice

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Savory grains of rice are mixed with fresh summer vegetables, tender chicken, and spicy basil.

Thai chicken fried rice is the perfect dish to enjoy anytime, especially in the summer when gardens are bursting with zucchini, bell peppers, string beans, and basil, all of which make up this dish.

I am a huge rice fan. Part of that comes from living in Mexico for ten years where I ate it almost every day. The other part is simply because rice is pretty tasty. It helps that rice is an excellent way to stretch pricier items like meat. Even now that I have been State-side for over two years I crave rice if I go more than a few days without eating it.

Rice is the humble staple of many cultures. Whether it is Arabic rice, Chinese egg fried riceJamaican rice and peas, or a savory miso rice congee, rice is an integral part of life. It is the substance that keeps many people going.

Unless it is necessary for me to go grain-free I don’t see my kitchen ever going without rice.

Thai is one of my weakness when it comes to picking a restaurant to eat at. If I could, I would eat it out at least once a week but that is not exactly budget friendly.

Thankfully over time I have started to learn how to recreate some of my favorite dishes, like yellow curry or Kimi’s simple Thai broth. It was only a matter of time that I finally broke down to create a Thai chicken fried rice that satisfied my cravings.

This Thai chicken fried rice is a combination of three of my favorite restaurants in various parts of California.

Join me at The Nourishing Gourmet for this recipe and a few tips! 

Thai Chicken Fried Rice

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Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

Creamy and sweet, with a hint of spice. Thai satay peanut sauce is perfection on a spoon.

Thai satay peanut sauce is obviously used for dipping chicken satay but it used along side other Thai dishes like fresh rolls as well.

I was first introduced to peanut sauce when I went to a Thai restaurant (I may have mentioned it oh, a few times…) with a good friend (check out her brewery). As I dipped my fresh roll into the sticky sauce I knew that I had discovered one of my favourite sauces.

Over ten years later and that has not changed a bit. What has changed is the multiple batches of peanut sauce I have made until I settled on this gem. It really makes me happy. I may have sent a message and picture of my scribbled notes to my friend to let her share in my victory.

One may beg to differ that this recipe is not 100% authentic, I will grant them that, it’s not. I didn’t want to roast and grind the peanuts myself (that’s what peanut butter is for). I also sadly did not have tamarind paste, (nor the desire take a treck to the Asain market) so decided to use apple cider vinegar to achieve the tang I was looking for. Yet, I do think that is is very close to the beloved original I was first introduced to.

Other Thai Dishes and Sauces to Enjoy:

Thai Satay Peanut Sauce

1 cup chunky peanut butter
1 can full-fat coconut milk
3/4 cup palm (coconut) sugar
1-2 TBS red curry paste (adjust to your preferred spice level)
2 TBS soy sauce or tamari
2 TBS apple cider vinegar or tamarind paste

Add all the ingredients to a sauce pot. Cook uncovered on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

Set aside and allow to cool.

Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last for at least one month.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups of sauce.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
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Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 2½ cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • ¾ cup palm (coconut) sugar
  • 1-2 TBS red curry paste (adjust to your preferred spice level)
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a sauce pot. Cook uncovered on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  2. Set aside to allow to cool.
  3. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last for at least one month.