Thai Basil Chicken Recipe

thai basil chicken
October 3, 2023

Thai Basil Chicken Recipe

It’s faster than ordering pizza!

What is Thai Basil Chicken or Pad Krapow Gai?

Pad Krapow literally means fried (pad) holy basil (krapow). There are many types of toad krapows depending on the type of protein. Today we have chicken (Gai).

Although this popular street food was only invented in the 1940s, it has become one of their favorite foods. So much so that some survivors of the Tham Luang Cave rescue requested it as soon as they were rescued after two weeks underground!

Unlike home cooking in many parts of the world that can sit on the stove or oven for hours, this Pad Krapow is eaten in no time. It’s the perfect last minute dinner idea!

What is this “holy basilica”?

A completely different type of basil, holy basil has a distinct, lively peppery flavor with hints of cinnamon, cloves and menthol. It adds a nice freshness to the dish and contrasts with spicy chili, spicy garlic and spicy chicken.

If you can’t find this “holy” basil, you can use its brother, Thai sweet basil. And there’s no shame if you don’t have hands, you can use regular basil too. I always encourage people to try new cuisines, even if there is a plus or minus with an ingredient. It might not be as authentic as Bangkok, but you get the idea.

Ingredients /Quantity for Thai Basil Chicken Recipe

1.5 kg minced chicken

1.5 dl basil

12-13 cloves of garlic

7-8 red bird chilies

3 tbsp soy sauce

3 tablespoons oyster sauce

1 tbsp fish sauce

1 teaspoon of sugar

3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

4 eggs


Ground Chicken – Finely chopped chicken works too, but ground is best.

Garlic – Hmm… it’s in all my recipes, right?

Sauces – soy, oyster, fish… and a pinch of sugar.

Chili – If you can find red Thai chili, also known as bird eye chili, that’s perfect! They are widely available in Asian supermarkets. If not, improvise! Serrano or Jalepenõ will do. Basilika – hence the name!

Eggs – really? Secure!


1.Thai Basil Chicken Mash chili pepper and peeled garlic into a paste.

2.Heat oil in wok on high heat.

3.Add chili garlic paste and stir for 20 seconds.

4.Add the chicken and stir constantly for 6-8 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

5.Add sugar and sauces and stir until well combined.

6.Turn the basil down. Immediately remove from the heat so the basil doesn’t cook too long.

7.Egg Fill pan 1/4 inch with oil. Make you warm and comfortable.

8.Drop eggs. Fry until the edges are nice and crispy and pour hot oil over the eggs to cook the top.

9.Cook until desired doneness.

Here’s how to make this Thai Basil Chicken Recipe

Start by making a rough paste of chili and garlic. To really take the flavor of this skillet to the next level, I highly recommend using your mortar and pestle. Grinding this way really releases all the juices and oils and gives you an extra depth of flavor and spiciness.

Okay, now that this step is done, do you have your other ingredients on hand? This is going to go really fast!

Make sure your wok is nice and hot, add oil, add the garlic and chilli mixture and stir for about 20 seconds. Mmm, it smells good already.

Add your chicken and stir constantly for 6-8 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Add sugar and sauces and stir until well combined.

Finally, add the star and basil and turn under the chicken. Quickly remove from the heat so your basil doesn’t cook too long… Now take a deep breath, we’re almost done.

Fried eggs… the Thai way!

Okay, one last thing. Let’s boil these eggs. You can fry your regular eggs, but I like to do it Thai style for this dish! Add about 1/4 inch of cooking oil to a frying pan and let it get nice and hot. Then add the eggs and cook until nice and crispy around the edges. I like to spoon hot oil over my eggs to cook the top instead of flipping them. Once your eggs are cooked to your liking (I prefer them slightly runny) it’s time to serve.

Now everything is ready! Serve your Thai basil chicken with rice (I prefer jasmine for this dish, but any rice), top with an egg and you’re ready to eat. Too easy!

Adjust the amount of seasoning Thai cuisine is often known for its spiciness.

I’ve made some fiery Thai green curries, but this recipe is relatively mild. Still, I always tell them to make it as spicy as they want. As with all my recipes, the ingredients listed are guidelines only. Don’t like too much spice? Start with 2-3 chili peppers and work your way up a little at a time.

Can you use other meat?

Absolutely! You have endless options like Pad Krapow Kung (shrimp), Pad Krapow Neua (beef), Pad Krapow Mu (pork)… You can even go vegetarian with Pad Krapow Het (mushroom)!

How to store leftovers?

You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Then simply heat on the stove on medium heat or in the microwave. I do not recommend freezing, otherwise the quality will deteriorate slightly.

Serve your Thai basil chicken over hot cooked rice and top with egg.

Note: Adjust the spiciness level to your taste by adding or removing the number of peppers.

What are the benefits of Thai Basil Chicken Recipe?

Thai basil is rich in vitamins A, C and K as well as important minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron. For this dish, we use free-range chicken, an excellent source of lean protein that, along with the basil, makes this recipe a nutritional powerhouse.

Thai cuisine is known for its use of local herbs and spices, fresh vegetables and lean proteins, which add both flavor and nutrition to meals. However, some Western-style Thai dishes are deep-fried, served in large portions, or contain too much sugar and salt.

Nutrition declaration

|Calories 506 |Total barrels 34g |Saturated fatty acids 8g |Trans fats 0g |Unsaturated fat 24g |cholesterol 368 mg |carbohydrates 4g |fiber 0g |Sugar 1g |protein 48g

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