Thai Turkey Fried Rice was the main course in recent dinner we had.  This frugal family meal was great for many reasons.  One, it tasted really good! Two, we used up some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.  Three, it was quick, easy and frugal!  Well, maybe the third reason was actually more than one!

About once a month, my family decides to travel the world.  Since we cant really afford to jump in  a plane and go to another country, we decide to travel there with food.  We also will share the a little history of the country we are “visiting” and play a game that is traditional in this country.  Each family member gets to pick the country they want the family to explore and they also get to do the cooking!

We began this when my daughter was young and still homeschooled.  I felt it would be a great way for her to learn about other cultures.  We have loved “traveling” the world so much, that we continue it to this day.  It is always exciting to try a new dish and learn about another part of the world.

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Thai Chicken Fried Rice
Serves 2
Thai Chicken Fried Rice is a great recipe that your family will love. Easy, quick and frugal - what could be better?
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 Tablespoon Chopped fresh Thai red chili pepper
  4. 8 ounces of cooked turkey (you can use chicken or tofu if you want a meatless meal)
  5. 2 cups of cold cooked rice
  6. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  7. 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
  8. 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  9. 2 Tablespoons chopped shallots
  10. 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  1. In a wok or a large skillet, stir fry the garlic in the oil until golden. Add the chili pepper, rice, turkey, sugar, fish sauce and soy sauce. Mix gently.
  2. Cook until thoroughly warm.
  3. When warm and well mixed, add the shallots and cilantro. Stir and serve.
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My daughter, who had recently traveled to Thailand for a research paper, was able to tell us many interesting facts about the country.  She loved the rice, and although it was not 100% authentic, she said it was close enough for her!

Thai Turkey Fried Rice, A Frugal Family Meal

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 I hope that you will give this recipe a try.  Here is a question for you – What country would you travel to and what food would you love to try?

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30 Responses to Thai Turkey Fried Rice – A #FrugalFamilyMeal

  1. Dee says:

    Yummy! I adore Thai food!

  2. Corinne says:

    I love Thai food but I’ve never used turkey. It’s a lot less expensive than shrimp! Can’t wait to try this.

  3. I love your idea of “traveling the world” through new dishes! My Mom always had a multi-cultural Thanksgiving meal. We celebrated with all sorts of different cultures; Mexican, Greek, Russian, Spanish, Italian…it was a great way to try new dishes each year and we had tons of fun experimenting!

    • cynthia says:

      Thanks for stopping by! I love to try new foods and this is a great way to do it. I would have enjoyed being at your Mom’s Thanksgiving table!

  4. Lisa says:

    I’m going to have to try this!

  5. We love using turkey. Looking forward to giving this a try!

  6. brett says:

    i love thai food!! this looks awesome

  7. Hi Cynthia – Not sure what I like more – the yummy frugal dinner, or the fact that your family travels around the world once a month for dinner. I like this idea and will start traveling around the world with my family too! Hugs, Holly

  8. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    This looks yummy. Do you think I could use dark meat? i have some turkey legs in the freezer.

  9. Jennifer B says:

    I love rice dishes and this looks yummy!

  10. Angela says:

    I make chicken fried rice but bet this turkey version of yours is pretty amazing.

  11. Pam says:

    We used to do something similar, where I would make a meal from a different culture one day a week. My kids would like this.

  12. Debbie Denny says:

    The Thai Turkey Fried Rice sounds so good!

  13. Chrishelle says:

    That fried rice looks amazing. My kids love Thai take out. I will have to make this one day to surprise my kids. Thanks for the tip.

  14. yum! i love anything wtth thai flavorings!!

  15. My husband likes Thai food, he would enjoy this!

  16. Robyn says:

    Love that this is made with Turkey. So healthy!

  17. I love any dish that’s made with Thai spices!!

  18. I really love the seasonings in this. It all sounds soo yummy!

  19. Brittnei says:

    This looks like some really yummy spicy goodness! I haven’t cooked with chili pepper yet but I know when I’m making it I can control the heat by taking out the seeds. I’m a wimp about things being too hot lol. Thanks for sharing this one with us!

  20. Debbie L. says:

    I don’t think I have ever tasted Thai food. Sounds delicious….I will have to give this a try.

  21. Amanda Love says:

    Oh this looks delicious. I am so going to have to try this. Thank you for sharing!

  22. Danielle says:

    Thank you for this, I am bookmarking it for sure! I love ethnic food, if I had my way we would ‘visit’ a new part of the world with every meal 😉

    • cynthia says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am glad to see there is someone else out there who loves to try new foods from around the world.

  23. Lexie Lane says:

    I really love thai food. This is so good and healthy. Although, I’d probably have a bigger portion :) Thanks for sharing!

  24. This sounds good. I have never thought to put turkey in fried rice.

  25. Bel Smith says:

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  26. Those thai chiles must give this a nice bite. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  27. Kristyn says:

    mmm i need to make this meal it looks and sounds delicious!

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