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Thai Basil Chicken Pad Krapow Gai
5 from 7 votes

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. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thailand


  • 1 pound chicken breast , (remove fat and excess skin)
  • tablespoon 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 tablespoon chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoon less-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dark soy sauce, (to add nice caramel color and luster on the surface)
  • 1½ - 1¾ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon 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. 
Keyword Thai Basil Chicken, Pad Krapow Gai
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