ผัดกระเพราไก่ - Pad Kra Pao Gai (Basil Chicken)

Welcome

Pad kra pao gai, or spicy basil chicken, is one of the most well-known dishes in Thailand and is featured in restaurants all over the country. About 50% of the time going out to dinner, Kyle ordered this because of the combination of spice, flavor and a fried egg.


Cost & Ingredients

Total Cost: $18 (If you don't have any sauces)

Serving Size: 3 Large Servings

Ingredients: 

  • 3 Eggs
  • Vegetable oil (6 tablespoons)
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 10 cloves of garlic (we love our garlic)
  • 5 Thai chilies (if you can find - we used Serrano chilis)
  • Oyster sauce (3 teaspoon)
  • Soy sauce (2 teaspoon)
  • Fish sauce (1-2 teaspoon depending on personal preference)
  • Sugar (1.5 teaspoon)
  • Thai holy basil or regular basil (About 3 handfuls)
  • Small shallot (Optional)
  • Rice

Step 1 - Prep the Rice

One thing that's really important with this dish is to start making the rice before beginning the next steps. Unfortunately, we forgot to do this, so we had to wait for 5-10 minutes for the rice cooker to finish. DO NOT make the same mistake as us and be forced to wait. It will be painful smelling the cooked chicken and egg and not being able to eat it. Trust us!

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Step 2 - Get Cuttin' & Mashin'

The best part about this meal is the minimal prep. All you need to do is peel the cloves and shallot & cut up the chilies in small chunks making it easier to mash. Once the cloves, shallot and chilies have been prepped, mash them with a mortar and pestle if you have one. If not, use a solid bowl or large measuring cup and a wooden spoon to mash it up. The pieces don't have to be super fine, but you want them to be minced.

In addition to this, cut up the chicken into bite sized pieces as shown in the picture.

Step 3 - Fry the Eggs

  • Once everything is prepped for the main part of the dish, heat up a frying pan on medium-high heat.
  • Drop in the egg & let it bubble up. Use a spoon or a spatula to splash some of the hot oil on top of the egg to cook the top as well. Be careful during this step!
  • After each egg is cooked (we love ours runny), put them on a plate on the side and cover until the rest of the dish is ready.

Step 4 - Stir Fry that Chicken

  • Either re-use your frying pan used for the eggs or heat up another frying pan with a few tablespoons of oil
  • Add the chilies, garlic & shallot to the pan and cook them for about 1-2 minutes until they start to smell really delicious
  • Add the chicken and keep cooking for about 2-3 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked
  • Throw in your oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce & sugar & stir it up for 1 minute
  • Pluck the stems off of the basil & toss them into the pan. Stir it up into the chicken and immediately take the pan off of the heat. You don't want to cook the basil for too long, so make sure to take the pan off quickly and continue to stir fry.

Enjoy!

Once the basil chicken is finished add rice to the place, basil chicken next to the rice & put a fried egg on top of the rice. Make sure to get a little rice, chicken & egg in every bite because they taste delicious together!

Arroy Mai (Delicious)? Leave us your thoughts, tips & tricks that you used to make this meal your own. Again, thank you so much for your support, and we look forward to bringing you the next recipe on January 1st! Until then, enjoy your Thai food & coffee, and we will catch you on the flip side!

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