Pad Krapow Gai (Spicy Thai Basil Chicken)


Dive into the essence of Thai cuisine with Spicy Thai Basil Chicken recipe, also known as Pad Krapow Gai. This dish is a fiery, aromatic blend of ground chicken, Thai basil, and a perfect mix of sauces. Quick to prepare, it’s a staple street food in Thailand, loved for its simplicity and depth of flavor.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: N/A
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serving: 2


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 cups Thai basil leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 red bird’s eye chilies, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • Fried eggs (optional, for serving)
  • Cooked jasmine rice (for serving)


  1. Prepare the Ingredients:
    • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic, shallots, and bird’s eye chilies until aromatic but not browned, about 1 minute.
  2. Cook the Chicken:
    • Add the ground chicken to the skillet, breaking it apart with a spatula. Cook until no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes.
  3. Season the Dish:
    • Stir in fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. Mix well to ensure the chicken is evenly coated with the seasonings. Add chicken broth or water to create a slightly saucy consistency.
  4. Add Thai Basil:
    • Once the chicken is cooked through, add the Thai basil leaves and stir until they wilt and the dish is fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Serve:
    • Serve the Spicy Thai Basil Chicken hot over cooked jasmine rice. For an authentic touch, top each serving with a fried egg.


  • Thai basil has a unique flavor different from that of regular basil; look for it in Asian markets.
  • Adjust the number of chilies to control the heat level according to your preference.
  • This dish is best served immediately to enjoy the full flavor of the basil.

Nutritional Information per Serving (Based on USDA Guidelines):

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 1200mg
  • Sugars: 3g

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