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Thai Chicken Stir-Fry with Holy Basil or Thai Basil and Chilies

Spicy Thai Chicken Stir-Fry with Thai Basil and Chilies {Gai Pad Kra Pao}

Authentic recipe for Thai Basil Chicken Stir-Fry with Thai Chilies { Pad Krapow | Gai Pad Kra Pao}. This easy, healthy Asian recipe with chicken, Thai Basil and chilies is one of the most popular Thai Street Food Dishes! With this recipe, you can create this healthy, protein-rich dish at home!

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asia, thailand
Keyword Chicken Stir-Fry recipe, thai basil stir fry, Thai Chicken Stir-Fry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 People
Calories 300 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson


  • 200 g Yasmin rice
  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • 8 Garlic cloves
  • 5 Thai Chilies
  • 1 Tbsp Oyster sauce Or fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Dark soy sauce Or fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 Bunch Holy basil or thai basil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Oil Coconut or avocado works well


  1. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the package and let rest while you prepare the stir-fry.

  2. Pat the chicken dry with a kitchen towel and cut into very small pieces. The chunks should be just a bit bigger than minced meat. Peel and chop the garlic, halve the chilies (use gloves !!) and scrape out the seeds. Cut chilies into small slices. 

  3. In a small bowl, combine oyster sauce with soy sauce and sugar. Stir well.

  4. Heat up 1 tbsp of oil in a small pan on medium heat and fry the eggs to your liking. Set aside. You can also fry the eggs at the same time as the chicken, but only if you are reeeeaally good at multitasking! 

  5. Pluck the leaves of the Thai Basil from the stems and gather in a little bowl next to the frying pan.

  6. Heat another 2 tbsp of oil in a wok or skillet on high heat. Add chilies and garlic and stir well. Let fry, stirring, for about 20 seconds or until fragrant! Make sure not to burn the garlic! Add meat and fry for another 2 minutes, stirring all the time, until the meat is almost done.

  7. Add the sauce and give everything a final stir. Mix in the basil leaves, take the pan off the stove and serve immediately alongside rice and fried eggs.

Recipe Notes

Add the basil right in the end, otherwise, the flavor evaporates! Serve hot hot hot!