Thai basil chicken is also known as Gai Pad Krapow in Thailand. It can be said that this dish is one of the most classic street foods in Thailand. It is quick and practical to cook this dish. Gai Pad Krapow has a tasty, savory, and spicy taste, depends on the number of chilies used in the recipe. The original version of Gad Pai Krapow actually uses ground chicken. But, you are also able to use diced chicken, it is up to you. It will be better if you use the upper thigh part of the chicken instead of chicken breast because that part is juicier. Do not forget to fillet the chicken thighs.
While for the basils, there are 3 types of basils used to make Gai Pad Krapow recipes. They are sweet basil or horapha, holy basil or kaphrao, and lemon basil or maenglak. Each type of basil has a different taste. For the authentic Gai Pad Kaprow recipe, you should use the holy basil of kaphrao. But if you find it hard to find this basil type in your area, you are able to use other types of basil. The taste of the Gai Pad Kaprow will remain tasty, anyway. There are 3 easy Gai Pad Krapow recipes in this article, you can choose the one that is the easiest for you.
First Recipe: Thai Basil Chicken
- 300 grams of chicken fillet
- 1 teaspoon of salty soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sweet soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons of oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of fish sauce
- 6 pieces of garlic
- Chili. The amount depends on how spicy you want the Gai Pad Kaprow.
- 1 bunch of basils
- First, mash the garlic and chili until it becomes a paste. Saute the garlic and chili paste in a pan with cooking oil, then add the chicken fillet. Saute again until the chicken fillet is half-cooked.
- After that, add the salty soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and fish sauce.
- Continue to saute the dish until the chicken is totally cooked. Do not cook the chicken too long because it will be hard to chew.
- After that, add basils and stir for around a minute to 2 minutes. Voila! You successfully make Thai chicken basil. You are able to eat this dish with a bowl of warm rice for your lunch or dinner. This recipe is for 2 servings.
Second Recipe: Thai Basil Chicken
- 4 tablespoons of cooking oil
- 3 chilies. Slice them thinly
- 3 pieces of red onion, thinly sliced
- 5 pieces of minced garlic
- 400 grams of chopped chicken
- 2 teaspoons of sugar. You can also replace it with honey
- 2 tablespoons of salty soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
- 1/3 cup of chicken broth. Or you can just use water
- 1 bunch of holy basil
- Heat the cooking oil in a pan. You can replace the cooking oil with olive oil if you want to make a healthier dish.
- Then, saute the red onion, garlic, and chili. After that, add the chopped chicken and let it cooked. Next, add the fish sauce, salty soy sauce, and sugar. Stir evenly.
- Last, add the holy basils and cook it for a short time. That’s it. You can eat this dish with warm rice and a fried egg.
Third Recipe: Thai Basil Chicken
- 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
- 5 to 7 chilies, thinly sliced
- 2 pieces of garlic
- 1 red onion
- 250 grams of ground chicken
- 1½ tablespoon of fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
- ½ tablespoon of soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon of white pepper
- A bunch of holy basil
- Heat the cooking oil in a pan, then saute the garlic, chilies, and red onion.
- Prepare a bowl. Mix the fish sauce, oyster sauce, and soy sauce in the bowl, put aside.
- Add the ground chicken in the pan and cook until the color changes.
- After that, pour the sauce mixture to the chicken and add the holy basil.
- Continue to cook the dish for 1 to 2 more minutes. Once it is cooked, you can serve it with a plate of warm rice.
Thai Basil Chicken Nutrition Facts
Per serving of Thai basil chicken contains these nutrients:
- Calories: 210.1 calories
- Fat: 6.2gr
- Saturated Fat: 0.9gr
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.7gr
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1gr
- Cholesterol: 103.5mg
- Carbohydrate: 3.2gr
- Sugar: 0.2gr
- Protein: 33.6gr