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Thai Basil Chicken Pad Krapow Gai

Thai Basil Chicken

Thai Basil Chicken or Pad Kra Pao Gai is one of the most popular Thai street food recipes. It simply means stir-fried holy basil chicken. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thailand
Keyword: Thai Basil Chicken, Pad Krapow Gai
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Author: Rika Livingston


  • 1 pound chicken breast (remove fat and excess skin)
  • tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Thai Holy Basil (stems removed)
  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 2 small shallots
  • 5-7 whole Thai red chili peppers (use more or less according to your liking)

Stir-Fry Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp less-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ tsp dark soy sauce (to add nice caramel color and luster on the surface)
  • 1½ - 1¾ tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp fish sauce

To Serve:

  • white or brown rice
  • 2-3 Fried Eggs


  • Pound the chilies, garlic, and shallots in a mortar. Set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk in broth, less-sodium soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar until well combined. Set aside.
  • Cut chicken into small pieces. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over high heat. Drizzle in oil. When the pan is hot, add the chilies and garlic paste. Keep stirring to prevent burning for about 15-20 seconds.
  • Add the chicken into the wok/skillet. Stir fry until it loses its raw color, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the stir fry sauce, cook and stir until sauce begins to caramelize, about 3 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and evenly coated with the sauce.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the basil. Keep stirring until basil is wilted, about 20 seconds. Serve with rice and fried eggs.


Oyster Sauce: Available at Target, Sprouts, Walmart, Ralph's, and Asian supermarkets. 
Holy Basil or Thai Basil: Mostly available at Asian supermarkets. 
Thai Red Peppers: You can find these peppers at Walmart superstore, Ralph's, Sprout's and Asian supermarkets. 
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