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Thai Basil Chicken – super easy and authentic recipe made with ground chicken, Thai basil and chilies. Gai Pad Krapow is great with rice.

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Thai Basil Chicken – made with ground chicken, basil leaves, and chilies. Basil chicken is great with rice and this recipe is super easy and authentic | rasamalaysia.com

Thai Basil Chicken with ground chicken, basil leaves, and chilies in a serving dish.

What is Thai Basil Chicken?

One of my favorite dishes at Thai restaurants is the spicy Thai basil chicken rice plate—perfectly steamed and fluffy jasmine rice coupled with ground chicken meat infused with aromatic Thai basil leaves.

Also known as Gai Pad Krapow, this basil chicken was delicious, with a fine balance of fiery, hot, and savory. I just love this dish.

Delicious basil chicken in white bowl garnished with bright green Thai basil.

Main Ingredients for Basil Chicken
Ground Chicken
Oil
Garlic
Thai Bird’s Eye Chilies
Thai Basil Leaves (spicy basil)
Fish sauce

Basil chicken recipe made with delicious Thai basil leaves in bowl with spoon.

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Cook’s Tips

For the basil leaves, if you can find royal basil leaves in your farmers market, use them. Otherwise, use Asian basil leaves with purple stems.

Frequently Asked Questions
Is it Healthy?

This recipe is decently healthy, with only 250 calories per serving.

Can you use regular basil instead of Thai basil?

Thai basil is obviously the best basil leaf to use for this recipe. However, if necessary, you can also use sweet basil. You may be able to replicate the intensity of the herb by just using more of it than you would use the Thai basil.

Spicy basil chicken made from a thai basil chicken recipe in bowl, garnished with fresh basil.

Serve Thai Basil Chicken (Gai Pad Krapow) with:

For a wholesome Thai dinner, make the following dishes.

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Thai Basil Chicken Recipe (Gai Pad Krapow)


Servings 3 people


Prep Time 15 minutes


Cook Time 10 minutes


Total Time 25 minutes

Thai Basil Chicken – super easy and authentic recipe made with ground chicken, Thai basil and chilies. Gai Pad Krapow is great with rice.

Ingredients


2
tablespoons
oil


4
cloves
garlic, finely chopped


2
shallots, finely chopped


10
oz
ground chicken


6
bird’s eye chilies, chopped and pounded with a mortar and pestle, or 1-2 fresh jalapeno cut into slivers


1 1/4
tablespoons
fish sauce


1
teaspoon
palm sugar or sugar to taste


1/2
teaspoon
kecap manis or sweet soy sauce


1
bunch
Thai basil leaves, lower stems removed


3
dashes
white pepper

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Directions

1

Add the oil into a heated wok, follow by the chopped garlic and shallots. Stir fry the garlic and shallots until aromatic, then add the ground chicken into the wok. Use the spatula to quickly stir-fry and break the ground chicken meat into small lumps.



2

When the chicken meat changes color, toss in the chilies, fish sauce, palm sugar, and sweet soy sauce. Stir to combine well. Add in the basil leaves and do a few quick stirs until the basil leaves wilted and you smell the exotic fragrance of the basil leaves. Add the white pepper into the dish, do a final stir, dish out and serve immediately.


Recipe Notes

If you love Thai food, you should check out my authentic and popular Thai recipes on Rasa Malaysia. You can also serve Thai basil chicken as lettuce wraps, it tastes great with the fresh lettuce and Thai sweet chili sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Thai Basil Chicken Recipe (Gai Pad Krapow)

Amount Per Serving (3 people)

Calories 250
Calories from Fat 153

% Daily Value*

Fat 17g26%

Saturated Fat 10g63%

Cholesterol 81mg27%

Sodium 669mg29%

Potassium 607mg17%

Carbohydrates 8g3%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 4g4%

Protein 18g36%

Vitamin A 70IU1%

Vitamin C 17.2mg21%

Calcium 19mg2%

Iron 1.3mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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