Spicy Basil Chicken stir fry with tender chicken pieces, basil leaves, and homemade sauce. Spicy, sweet, and savoury flavour packed together in one dish. Perfect weeknight dinner ready in 20 minutes!
Spicy Basil Chicken a.k.a Pad Kra Pao Gai
One of the most famous and authentic Thai stir fry chicken recipes. When we search ''Thai famous food'' on google, Spicy Basil Chicken is one of the first pop up items on the list.
It's commonly found in street stalls and famous restaurants in and out of Thailand! Plus, It's also been a widely eaten and famous Asian dish not only in whole Asia but also in the UK, Europe, the United States and all over the world.
It's also known as ''Pad kra pao gai'' in Thai. This traditional Thai cuisine is a perfect combination of finely diced chicken stir-fried with a generous amount of aromatic basil leaf and cooked in oyster and soy-based sauce.
Normally, when we dine at a Thai restaurant, I have no idea which dish I should order sometimes. So then, here comes Spicy Basil chicken! It is always been a dish that comes to the rescue! It's become my most frequently eaten dish, eventually.
In this post, I'll share our family's favourite quick and easy Thai-Style Chicken & Basil Stir Fry recipe. I cook at home quite often for my family, because we all love it and never get tired of it.
This delicious dish can be served in a short time with less effort if you have prepared all the necessary ingredients in hand. You can simply try it at home!
Ingredients you will need
We usually make minced chicken thigh/breast meats. But you can try it with minced beef, pork, duck, shrimps, or mixed seafood. If you are a vegetarian, try with small diced tofu or egg tofu.
Basil Leaves are the main core ingredient for this particular dish. It has an exotic taste and aromatic fragrance and abundant in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals contents. These greens bring benefits for health that even some people add in their detox waters. If you cannot get Thai basil easily, you can use holy, sweet, or Italian basil. The flavour won't be exactly same as Thai basil but they can bring the nearest basil aroma to the dish.
Stir Fry Sauce
To achieve the perfect sweet, salty, savoury sauce, you will need to mix light soy, oyster sauce, fish sauce, dark soy sauce, and brown sugar.
These sauces are essential for most Asian stir fry dishes. So, it's worth keeping them in stock inside your kitchen cupboard so that you can make other kinds of Asian dishes as well.
If you are not a fish sauce fan, you can just use soy sauce or salt to taste.
How to serve this dish
You can simply enjoy this dish with hot steamed white rice. Jasmine rice is suitable to use here because its taste and fragrance can give you a better Thai restaurant vibe. Or you can eat together with Pad Thai or Tom Yum Soup & Noodles, accompanied by side dishes and starters like Satay Skewers, fried wontons, Morning Glory Stir Fry or Thai Wings. Now, You can enjoy the perfect Thai banquet!
Soft drinks and fresh fruit juices can be a good idea for beverage choices! Pure coconut water is my favourite!
How to make it
Here is our simple step by step photo instructions :
Firstly, finely chop the garlic cloves and bird eye chillies.
Separate the basil leaves from stems and discard the stems. Thai basil is used in traditional Thai cooking. If you cannot get fresh Thai basil, you can use holy, sweet or Italian basil. The fragrant will be slightly different but these basil are the nearest substitute. You will get the very similar basil flavour.
Add all the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well and set aside.
Heat the pan to medium heat, drizzle oil and add the chopped garlic and stir for few seconds then add the chopped chillies and stir for few seconds until the nice fragrant come out.
Add the minced chicken and stir fry with medium-high heat till the chicken colour changed, then add the stir fry sauce mix. Continue stir fry with medium-high heat for 1-2 min till the chicken is starting to be glossy.
Add the basil leaves and black pepper and stir for 1 min. Remove from heat.
To make Thai-style crispy fried egg with runny yolk, you need to add more oil then regular fried egg. ( about half cup of oil ). Fry with high heat to medium-high heat till the edges are crispy golden brown.
Served over a bed of steamed jasmine rice and topped with Crispy fried egg . Delicious Spicy Basil Chicken is ready! Enjoy!
Watch Spicy Basil Chicken Recipe Video
Spicy Basil Chicken (Pad Kra Pao)
- 350 g Chicken mince thigh/breast About 12oz ( Or chicken small dices )
- 1 cup Basil Leaves Thai Holy Basil/Sweet/Italian Basil
- 4-5 cloves Garlic
- 4-5 Bird eye chillies
- 2 Eggs
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper
- 1-2 tbsp Vegetable oil
Stir Fry Sauce
- 1 tsp Light Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
- 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
- ½ tsp Dark Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp Brown/White Sugar
- Finely chop the garlic cloves and bird eye chillies.
- Add all the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well and set aside.
- Heat the pan to medium heat, drizzle oil and add the chopped garlic and stir for few seconds then add the chopped chillies and stir for few seconds.
- Add the minced chicken and stir fry with medium-high heat till the chicken colour changed, then add the stir fry sauce mix. Continue stir fry with medium high heat for 1-2 min till the chicken is starting to be glossy.
- Add the basil leaves and black pepper and stir for 1 min. Remove from heat.
- Served over a bed of steamed jasmine rice and topped with Crispy fried egg .
- Delicious Spicy Basil Chicken is ready!
- To make a crispy fried egg with runny yolk you need to add more oil than a regular fried egg. ( about half a cup of oil ). Fry with high heat to medium-high heat till the edges are crispy golden brown.
- If you cannot find Thai basil, you can use holy, sweet, or Italian basil. These basil are the nearest substitute.
- If you do not consume fish sauce, you can soy sauce or salt to taste.
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Candace Asiedu-Falkner says
Thank you for this recipe! Followed it to the letter and turned out great!
Super good! Very easy to make and tasted just like at my favorite Thai restaurant
So glad that you enjoyed it, Megan. Thanks for leaving comment with us.
Amazing and so easy- tasted like Thai a restaurant! I used sliced chicken thighs, added some sliced red bell pepper, onion, and shitakes- replaced the oyster with hoisin- which made it very sweet but adding sambal balanced it all out. Thank you for this quick dish!!! The Thai Basil is very important and adds so much flavor!
Sounds very delicious with extra veggies. Happy that you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing feedback with us.
Mathew Chang says
Recipe turned out very good! I added green pepper and onion for a little extra. This is the first time I have had an egg with any Thai dish and really enjoyed the addition.
Hi Scott, sounds delicious with extra vegetables. Thanks for trying out and sharing feedback.