Thai basil chicken recipe (pad kra pao gai ผัดกระเพราไก่) – Thai Recipes

Get all the details for this Thai basil chicken recipe (pad kra pao gai ผัดกระเพราไก่) right here:

Alright everyone, I’ve been receiving some requests to post some Thai recipes, so this is my first attempt at filming and publishing a Thai street food recipe known as pad kra pao gai (ผัดกระเพราไก่), and I’m excited. When I first moved to Thailand, most of what I did was only eat, and discover all the amazing food there way. I lived in a small studio apartment without a kitchen, so I wasn’t able to do much cooking or sample the many Thai recipes I had wanted to try out. But after getting married and moving into a house, we now have a kitchen, and while normally my wife and her mother do the cooking (which is outstanding by the way), I have had a chance to make some Thai street food recipes as well.

For this Thai basil chicken recipe (pad kra pao gai ผัดกระเพราไก่) here are the ingredients you’ll need, but really, you should click here to see all the ingredients and directions on my website.

1 egg
2 tablespoons of oil for frying

1 chicken breast (or any other cut of boneless chicken, about 200 grams)
5 cloves of garlic
4 Thai chilies
1 tablespoon oil for frying
1 teaspoon of oyster sauce
½ teaspoon light soy sauce
½ teaspoon sugar
1 splash of dark soy sauce
1 handful of Thai holy basil leaves

1 plate of hot freshly steamed Thai jasmine rice – I also really like brown rice.

Now, the ingredients listed here for the Thai basil chicken recipe (pad kra pao gai ผัดกระเพราไก่) are what I used. But that being said, Thai food is very much a taste based cuisine, meaning that you really need to taste test your cooking. Don’t just assume all these measurements are correct for your taste buds – and sometimes the seasonings we use can differ a bit. So use these ingredients and cooking directions as a guide instead of as exact measurements.

Hope you enjoyed this Thai basil chicken recipe. I will be publishing a few more like this video in this series.

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43 Replies to “Thai basil chicken recipe (pad kra pao gai ผัดกระเพราไก่) – Thai Recipes”

  1. Adam Zillin

    The ingredients are easy to understand but the portions are misleading.

    He doesn’t specify whether you use breast or thigh – in my experience thigh is juicer. He doesn’t explain the variances which can contain minced pork or beef. Any of these three proteins will work.

    He also crammed one hell of a lot of garlic and chili in there for one serving – depending on the size of your cloves and whether or not you’re using Thai garlic which has cloves that are a LOT smaller than regular western sizes, adjust to suit.

    Further, deglazing the pan by adding a splash of water is necessary to get that charred flavor from the sides of the wok.

    Prioritize sweet over savory as the peppery properties of Holy Basil will overwhelm the dish if you’re not careful.

    I’ve made this thousands of times and while this is a true to form street style recipe, that takes only a few minutes to actually cook, you need to be careful how much of each ingredient you’re using.

    Happy cooking, Youtubers. 👍🏻

  2. d00bie

    Thank you Mark! I just finnished my pad kra pao gai kaidow, and used charlotts aswell along with the chili paste, and used some green chillies for flavour. What a wonderfull and easy dish this is to prepare and make, and the taste is even better than resturants! I also have a Gai Pad Nam Prik Pao that i make wich has a red curry paste base mixed with chilipaste and coconutmilk, fish sauce ofcourse and some sugar. Man do i love to cook chicken and veggies with this 🙂 Thank you thai people, for wonderfull food! And thank you Mark Wiens for this video, helped me alot when i prepared pad kra pao kaidow for the first time home, and it was pretty easy, but i know this is an easy dish 🙂

  3. Funny Bones

    Just goooooo away with your Thai chicken n rice!! How can you do this to us? I just got back from work..hungry..I ended up watching this and there is no chicken in my freezer!! Where am I to get chicken from at 7.30 am?? This is cruel😭Look at the way your having it😠

  4. Zai Eda

    We have a lots of southern Thai restaurants in Malaysia. And of of my favourite dish after tom yum is chicken phad kra phau, stir fry chicken with basil. The smell from basil is so automatic.

    Tq for sharing the cooking video Mark.

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