Nasi Goreng Ayam

Nasi Goreng Ayam is a popular dish in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. It literally means rice (nasi), fried (goreng) with chicken (ayam). i.e. Chicken Fried Rice. Usually served with a fried egg, chili paste (see recipe here), slices of cucumber and some tomatoes. Nasi Goreng Ayam is a must if you crave spicy food from South Asia.


  • Cooked rice – 3 cups (long grain or basmati)
  • Chicken breast – 300g (diced into 1cm cubes)
  • Carrots – 2 diced
  • Green bell pepper – 1 diced
  • Corn kernels – 50g
  • Onion – 1 large diced
  • Garlic paste – 1 table spoon
  • Ginger paste – 2 table spoons
  • Soy sauce – 4 table spoons
  • Spring onions – 3 shoots sliced
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Fried eggs – sunny side up (while serving)
  • Thinly sliced tomatoes and cucumber (garnish)
  • Chinese chili paste (while serving – recipe found here)


  1. Season the chicken with 1 table spoon of soy sauce, salt and pepper. Marinade for 30 minutes.
  2. Mix remaining 3 tables spoons of soy sauce with one tea spoon of sugar and keep it aside.
  3. Fry garlic and ginger paste in vegetable oil (3-4 table spoons) until slightly golden brown.
  4. Add chicken to the pan and stir fry until golden brown.
  5. Add carrots and continue stir frying for 1 more minute.
  6. Add onions, bell pepper and corn. Stir fry until the vegetables are tender.
  7. Add 3 table spoons of chili paste, stir and let it heat up.
  8. Add the soy sauce – sugar mixture.
  9. Add rice and stir fry on high heat until you hear the rice crackling/steaming. Add salt according to taste.
  10. Add the spring onions and mix well.
  11. Serve the nasi goreng with the sliced tomatoes and cucumber topped with the fried egg.
  12. Serve with a dash of chili paste on the side for extra kick.

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