Chicken with Holy Basil (Pad Kra Pao Gai)
Sa Wat Dee Khap!
The very mention of Thai Food and a very happy feeling rise up in me on the inside. There are so many television shows on Thai Street food and i probably watch them all! I have watched hundreds of Thai Food shows on YouTube as well. I long to visit Thailand again and i am sure the opportunity will arise sometimes soon.
Though there are no dedicated Thai Food stores in my city of Kolkata, i found some stores and shops from where i can get all the ingredients needed to make authentic Thai Food. I have a terrace garden where i grow Lemon Grass, Thai Basil and Holy Basil and pluck and use them fresh in my cooking whenever needed. I’ll share a post soon on how to successfully grow all these and more in pots in a terrace garden.
One of my favorite Thai Recipes, Chicken with Holy Basil is a quick and very simple dish to make. It cooks in minuted and is so delicious! If you’re new to Thai Food or new to cooking Thai Food this is the dish to start with!
Here’s how to make Chicken with Basil Pad Kra Pao Gai:
Ingredients for Two Servings:
Chicken – 250 Grams Cut into Small Bite Sized Pieces
Garlic – 5 to 6 Cloves
Thai Chillies/Bird Eye Chilli (Red)
Fish Sauce -2 Tablespoons
Oyster Sauce – 2 Teaspoons
Soy Sauce – 2 Tablespoons
Basil – 10 to 15 Whole Leaves
Oil – 2 Tablespoons
Prep for this Wonderful Recipe:
In a mortar and pestle put the Thai Chillies and begin smashing them up slowly. Once roughly mashed, add the garlic and work the mortar and pestle till the chillies and garlic are coarse. We do not want a paste.
If you don’t have a mortar and pestle simply chop the garlic and chillies very finely together.
If you have your chicken cut into small bite size pieces, let’s get cooking!
Place a wok on a high flame and heat up the wok. Once hot pour in the oil and immediately add the Garlic and Chilli. Stir for about 10 seconds and then add the chicken. Turn the heat down to medium high and stir contiguously.
Once the chicken turns opaque, add the Soy Sauce and Oyster Sauce. Keep stirring. Bring the flame back to high. Stir for about three to four minutes and add fish sauce. Stir to evenly distribute the fish sauce. If you feel that it’s a bit too dry add in about a quarter cup of water and stir till most of the water has evaporated.
Add in the Basil and turn the flame off immediately. Stir to make sure that the basil is distributed throughout.
Important tip: The entire cooking process should not take more than 6 to 8 minutes. If cooked for more that that the chicken will turn dry and hard.
Serve immediately over steamed rice and top it off with a fried egg!
This basic yet flavorsome Thai dish is done!
Useful tip: If Thai Food is ever too salty, sprinkle a little sugar and the dish will be fine!
I’ve used Thai Basil in this recipe as i prefer the taste of it as compared to the taste of Holy Basil. But you are welcome to use Holy Basil. The cooking process and time remains the same.
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