Thai Basil Chicken (Easy Gai Pad Krapow)

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This Thai basil chicken recipe takes just 3 minutes to prepare and 7 minutes to cook. Served along with steamed rice, it’s restaurant food, fast.


  • 3 to 4 tablespoons oil
  • 3 Thai bird or holland chilies, de-seeded (if desired) and thinly sliced
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ⅓ cup low sodium chicken broth or water
  • 1 bunch holy or Thai basil leaves


  1. In a wok over high heat, add the oil, chilies, shallots and garlic, and fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the ground chicken and stir-fry for 2 minutes, breaking up the chicken into small bits.
  2. Add the sugar, soy sauce, and fish sauce. Stir-fry for another minute and deglaze the pan with the broth. Because your pan is over high heat, the liquid should cook off very quickly. Add the basil, and stir-fry until wilted. Serve over rice.

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