Pad Kra Pao: How to Make Thai Basil Chicken

Pad Kra Pao is a candidate for the all-time most famous and most beloved Thai street food dish. Pad Kra Pao is sold everywhere in Thailand. It is a highly versatile dish that can be eaten at any time of the day; breakfast lunch or dinner.

It has a full range of flavors; at the same time, it is sweet, savory, and spicy. In the end, adding Thai basil really enhances the meal. The flavors are further heightened by adding a crispy fried egg and garlic rice.

Thailand is world-renowned for its mouthwatering cuisine, which emphasizes lightly cooked dishes with heavy aromatic components and a spicy kick. Nothing in the Western world tastes like Thai cuisine, especially with how Thai cuisine specializes in spice use.

Pad Kra Pao: Thai Basil Chicken

  • Author: Romae Chanice Marquez
  • Recipe Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: Thai

Pad Kra Pao has an enticing blend of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors. This Thai dish is easy and quick to make, just like almost all Thai dishes. The whole preparation and cooking time is for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The recipe is suitable for at least four servings. 

The Pad Kra Pao is best paired with steamed white rice. Photo credits: @tastyprahok /

Pad Kra Pao: Thai Basil Chicken Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white rice, steamed
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 small egg
  • 160 grams chicken breast
  • 4 pieces bird’s eye chili
  • 3 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • a handful of Thai basil
  • Sriracha
  • Lime juice

Pad Kra Pao: Thai Basil Chicken Instructions

Step 1: Cut the chicken into cubes of half an inch, place them in a bowl and sprinkle them with salt. Leave the chicken for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Mince 1 garlic clove.

Step 2: Pound the garlic cloves in a mortar and pestle with chilis. In a bowl, combine oyster sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar. In enough oil so that it will crisp the edges, fry the egg and ensure that the yolk of the egg is still runny. Then, put it aside.

Step 3: Sprinkle garlic with oil in a pan for the garlic saute. Add in 1 tsp of salt and 1 cup of white rice when the garlic begins to turn yellow. For 2 minutes, fry and set aside.

Step 4: Add 1 tbsp of oil in a saucepan with the minced garlic and chili paste.

Step 5: Add the breasts of the chicken and fry until the chicken is almost cooked. Add the sauce mixture to start caramelization. Turn off the heat and put some basil in it. Stir.

Step 6: Finish with a sprinkle of sriracha and lime juice to taste.

Pad Kra Pao: Thai Basil Chicken Additional Information

  • You can use different meat for this recipe, choose whatever fits your preferences.
  • This recipe will make four servings.
  • The total preparation and cook time for this recipe is 1 hour and 30 minutes. 
  • Per serving, this recipe has 368 calories, 7 g of carbohydrates, 20 g of fat, and 25 g of protein.

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More specifically, Thai cuisine is defined as five regional cuisines, corresponding to Thailand’s five central regions. The main influence in Thai cuisine is Chinese. It does not, however, describe its flavor to a single country. Instead, it has moved as a unique cuisine across generations and features the combination of almost all flavors. For more Thai recipes, click here.

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