Chicken Fried Rice with Basil
Fried rice in all its forms is a favourite in Thailand. Khao phad gai horapa is one of the most popular versions, made with chicken and fragrant basil. Use Thai jasmine rice, if possible, as its aroma adds so much to the dish.
|Enough dried Thai jasmine rice or long grain white rice to fill a measuring jug to 400ml (14fl oz)|
|225g (8oz)||boneless skinless chicken breasts|
|2 tbsp||vegetable oil|
|3 tbsp||finely sliced garlic|
|1||small onion, finely chopped|
|3 tbsp||sliced shallots|
|100g (4oz)||large, fresh red chillies, de-seeded and shredded|
|1 tbsp||fish sauce (nam pla)|
|A handful||of fresh Thai basil leaves or ordinary basil leaves|
|3 tbsp||finely shredded spring onions|
|Salt and pepper|
At least 2 hours in advance, or the night before, cook the rice according to the packet instructions. Spread it out on a baking sheet and allow it to cool thoroughly, then put it in the fridge until needed.
Slice the chicken into thin strips and set aside. Heat a wok or large frying pan over a high heat and add the oil. When it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the garlic, onion, shallots, chillies, 2 teaspoons of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper and stir- fry for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken and stir-fry for 2 minutes, then add the rice and continue to stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add the sugar and fish sauce and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Finally add the basil leaves and stir-fry for another minute. Turn onto a platter, garnish with the spring onions and serve hot - or leave to cool and serve as a rice salad.