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Nasi Goreng Recipe - Indonesian Fried Rice
5 from 4 votes

Nasi Goreng

An authentic Nasi Goreng recipe. It's a very popular street food that is made with leftover fried rice and seasoned with sweet soy sauce or Kecap Manis.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Indonesian


  • 1 medium size chicken breast , (or about 5-6 oz) - thinly sliced
  • ½ tbsp sweet soy sauce, aka Kecap Manis, ( I used medium sweet Kecap Manis from ABC)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Fried Rice Seasoning Paste:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 small shallots
  • 1 candlenut , (skip this if you can't find it in your area)
  • 1 Thai Chili Pepper
  • 1 Red Chili Pepper or Fresno Chili Pepper

Additional Ingredients for Stir Fry:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 cups cooked white rice , (cold, at least one day old)
  • 1 tbsp Kecap Manis, (if more is needed, add by small increments of 1 teaspoon)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • (optional) ½ tbsp unsalted butter

To Serve:

  • (optional) Acar Timun
  • 2-3 Fried Eggs
  • Fried Shallots


To make Fried Rice Seasoning Paste or Sambal Paste:

  • Using a mortar or food processor, crush the garlic, shallots, candlenuts, red chili pepper, and Thai chili pepper until they form into a paste. Set aside.

To Cook the Chicken:

  • Heat a wok over high heat. Pour in oil and when it's hot, cook the chicken breast until the meat is no longer pink, for about 1 minute. Then add ½ tablespoon of Kecap Manis. Cook for 1 minute. Set aside.
  • Heat a clean wok over high heat. Pour in oil and add chopped yellow onion, cook until translucent. Add the sambal paste, and cook until fragrant for about 30-40 seconds. Keep stirring to prevent burning.
  • Add the cooked chicken back into the wok and pour in the cooked white rice. Keep shaking the pan and stirring.
  • If the rice is a bit too dry, add about ½ tablespoon of unsalted butter.
  • Add 1 tablespoon Kecap Manis and ½ teaspoon salt. Toss the rice to coat and keep stirring for about 2 minutes or until the rice starts to caramelize.
  • Adjust seasoning if needed. Turn off the heat and serve with Acar Timun, fried egg and fried shallots. Enjoy!


Kecap Manis: If you can't find kecap manis, you can make your own. Just mix one part molasses with two parts soy sauce. It's available at Ralph's, and Asian markets.
Candlenuts or Kemiri: They are a relative of Macadamia nuts and resemble them in appearance and in texture. It's available at 99 Ranch Market.
Thai Chili Peppers: They are small in size and high in heat. You can purchase Thai Chili Peppers at any grocery markets, including Sprouts, Ralph's, Walmart Supercenter, and Asian markets.
Keyword Fried Rice, Indonesian Fried Rice, Nasi Goreng
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