Spice Harmony: Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)


Embark on a flavorful journey with our Spice Harmony: Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai). This quintessential Thai dish is a perfect symphony of spicy, savory, and aromatic notes, featuring ground chicken stir-fried with fragrant Thai basil, fiery chilies, and a savory sauce. It's a simple yet bold dish that captures the essence of Thai cuisine in every bite.

Spice Harmony: Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 plate

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Protein: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Sodium: 800mg
  • Sugar: 5g


  • Ground Chicken: 500g (1.1 lbs or 17.6 oz)
  • Thai Basil Leaves: A large handful
  • Garlic: 3 cloves, minced
  • Thai Chilies: 3, minced
  • Soy Sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Oyster Sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Fish Sauce: 1 tbsp
  • Brown Sugar: 1 tsp
  • Vegetable Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Fried Egg: 4, for serving
  • Steamed Jasmine Rice: for serving

Method of Preparation

  • Stir-Fry Garlic and Chilies: Heat oil in a wok. Fry garlic and chilies until aromatic.
  • Cook Chicken: Add ground chicken. Cook until browned.
  • Season: Stir in soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar.
  • Add Basil: Toss in Thai basil leaves until wilted.
  • Serve: Serve over jasmine rice with a fried egg on top.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use high heat for a quick stir-fry to retain the freshness of basil.
  • Adjust the chili quantity to your spice preference.
  • Ensure the basil is added last to keep its flavor vibrant.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use regular basil instead of Thai basil?

Thai basil is preferred for its unique flavor, but Italian basil can be used in a pinch.

What can I serve with it?

It pairs well with a cucumber salad or a clear soup.

How can I make it vegetarian?

Substitute chicken with tofu or mushrooms and use vegetarian oyster sauce.