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Spicy Thai Chicken

If you're looking for something simple to have for Dinner Tonight, prepare this delicious spicy Thai chicken and serve with Jasmine Rice for a meal the whole family can enjoy.

  • servings: 4




  • 2 tablespoons uncooked jasmine rice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 thinly sliced red chile, such as jalapeno or red finger chile
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar or light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, torn if large
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Lettuce leaves, such as butter or iceberg, for serving
  • Sliced cucumber, for serving
  • Sliced carrots, for serving


  1. Step 1

    Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add rice and toast, tossing, until golden brown; transfer rice to a small bowl and let cool. Transfer rice to a spice grinder; grind until coarsely ground. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add ground chicken and cook, stirring, to break up large pieces, until chicken is cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in chile. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, sugar, and fish sauce until sugar has dissolved; add to chicken mixture. Continue cooking for 1 minute more.

  3. Step 3

    Remove from heat and stir in ground rice. Garnish with cilantro, mint, and red onion. Serve chicken in lettuce leaves with cucumber and carrots.

The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2009



Reviews (5)

  • Anna8209 13 Oct, 2010

    My husband and I loved it! I made a recipe and a half and used the left over chicken and rice to make a spice thai chicken soup. My husband called it a "fan favorite." Just saute some onions in oil in the same pan you cooked the chicken in if it is deep enough add the rice, fry it a bit. Add the chicken, about 3 cups chicken broth (the rice absorbs a lot) about a cup of chopped cilantro, and about a teaspoon siracha hot sauce. We loved it and will make it again.

  • dawncsg 15 Feb, 2009

    I love Thai food and am always on the lookout for new recipes, so I was eager to try this. While it's easy to make, it's okay, not great. I will probably not make again.

  • bluesalvia 27 Jan, 2009

    Please try this recipe! It was incredibly easy and tasted so fantastic! I felt it was as good if not better than my neighborhood Thai restaurant. I cooked the jasmine rice in a new broth (College Inn "Thai Coconut Curry" flavor) - WOW!!! Can't wait to serve this for company.

  • melissametcalf 24 Jan, 2009

    What a terrific recipe! After a long work week, friends and I decided to stay in for Thai food instead of going out. I offered up this recipe and boy did it exceed expectations. It was easy to make and extremely flavorful, healthy and delicious. I make my fair share of Martha recipes but this one is definitely being added to my regular rotation. Great recipe and thanks for sharing!

  • melissametcalf 24 Jan, 2009

    What a terrific recipe! Instead of going out for Thai food tonight, some friends and I decided to stay in after an exhausting work week and I offered up this recipe. It absolutely exceeded all expectations. It was extremely delicious, flavorful, and healthy. Bravo! I make my fair share of Martha recipes but this one was so easy and tasty, it'll go on regular rotation.