Pad Krapao Gai – Spicy Thai Basil Chicken

This is my recipe for spicy Thai basil chicken. You can of course substitute any protein of your choice! There are several varieties of basil in Thailand, but if in America you’re able to find anything classified as Thai basil, you’ll do just fine. Thai basil is a little bit more anise-y, licorice-y and spicy than the basil we often see in Western cooking. Don’t shy away from using all the top parts of the plant, including the buds and stems to infuse with your protein!

In this video, I added some broccoli rabe I had left over from the previous day to accommodate the chicken, but more traditionally you would see green beans or bell peppers in this dish. Serve with a fried egg over white rice and enjoy your gai pad krapao!


Thai basil
Thai chilis
garlic oil
oyster sauce
golden mountain seasoning
fried egg
crispy fried garlic


Step 1

Thinly slice onions and garlic, and sweat on low-medium heat with garlic oil.

Step 2

Add sliced chicken, dash black pepper, and hand-ripped basil.

Step 3

Drizzle 2 Tbsp oyster sauce and golden mountain seasoning. Season with dash sugar and Thai chilis.

Step 4

Add chopped broccolini. Stir gently until chicken is cooked.

Step 5

Garnish with fried egg, crispy fried garlic, and black pepper.

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