Thai Basil Chicken

Thai Basil Chicken


Basil Chicken, also known as Gai Pad Gaprow in Thai, is a great combination of sweet, sour and spicy! Of-course depending on how good your spice tolerance is, you can always reduce the amount of chili you put in. However, I would say that the main attraction in this dish has got to be the BASIL, it's sweet licorice taste is to die for. 

Usually when I crave spicy and sour, Thai food always comes to mind. I also love that Thai food uses ingredients that may not commonly be used in other cuisines, I have learnt quite a lot about different herbs and their multiple combinations from Thai cooking. If you have not already tried their curry's, I suggest you look up their Green Curry an Red Curry recipe :)  

If you would like to even get more traditional with the recipe below, eat the dish with a fried egg. For the Vegetarian version, follow the below recipe, but swap chicken out for tofu :) 


Yield: 2 people

Prep and total cooking time: 20mins 

What you need: 


  • 200g Minced chicken

  • 1/2 Onion - julienne slices (or 1 whole small onion)

  • 6 Cloves garlic
  • 1/2 TSP of Ginger
  • 5 Chili padi - reduce this number to meet your spice tolerance 
  • Handful of Basil leaves ( Sweet or Thai Basil)

For sauce

  •  2 TBSP Oyster sauce - I used vegetarian oyster sauce

  • 2 TBSP Light soya sauce - can use fish sauce

  • 1 TBSP Canola oil 
  • 1 TSP Brown Sugar - regular sugar will do  
  • 1 TBSP Water
  • 1/2 Lime 


  1. Using a mortar and pestle mash the garlic, ginger and chili padi, it does not need to be fine
  2. In 1 TBSP of Canola oil fry the garlic ,ginger and chili padi blend - for about a min
  3. Add in the minced chicken, turn heat to high. Keep stirring and make sure to keep the minced chicken broken into tiny pieces
  4. Add in the onions and cook
  5. Once the chicken is nearly cooked all the way, add in the sauce.
  6. Add the lime juice right before turning the heat off
  7. Once the chicken is all the way cooked, turn off the heat
  8. Add in the basil leaves whilst the chicken is still hot, stir properly until basil has wilted and been properly mixed into the dish 

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Happy Eating!