Thai basil chicken recipe (pad kra pao gai ผัดกระเพราไก่) – Thai Recipes

Thai basil chicken recipe (pad kra pao gai ผัดกระเพราไก่) - Thai Recipes
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Get all the details for this Thai basil chicken recipe (pad kra pao gai ผัดกระเพราไก่) right here:

Alright everyone, I’ve been receiving some requests to post some Thai recipes, so this is my first attempt at filming and publishing a Thai street food recipe known as pad kra pao gai (ผัดกระเพราไก่), and I’m excited. When I first moved to Thailand, most of what I did was only eat, and discover all the amazing food there way. I lived in a small studio apartment without a kitchen, so I wasn’t able to do much cooking or sample the many Thai recipes I had wanted to try out. But after getting married and moving into a house, we now have a kitchen, and while normally my wife and her mother do the cooking (which is outstanding by the way), I have had a chance to make some Thai street food recipes as well.

For this Thai basil chicken recipe (pad kra pao gai ผัดกระเพราไก่) here are the ingredients you’ll need, but really, you should click here to see all the ingredients and directions on my website.

1 egg
2 tablespoons of oil for frying

1 chicken breast (or any other cut of boneless chicken, about 200 grams)
5 cloves of garlic
4 Thai chilies
1 tablespoon oil for frying
1 teaspoon of oyster sauce
½ teaspoon light soy sauce
½ teaspoon sugar
1 splash of dark soy sauce
1 handful of Thai holy basil leaves

1 plate of hot freshly steamed Thai jasmine rice – I also really like brown rice.

Now, the ingredients listed here for the Thai basil chicken recipe (pad kra pao gai ผัดกระเพราไก่) are what I used. But that being said, Thai food is very much a taste based cuisine, meaning that you really need to taste test your cooking. Don’t just assume all these measurements are correct for your taste buds – and sometimes the seasonings we use can differ a bit. So use these ingredients and cooking directions as a guide instead of as exact measurements.

Hope you enjoyed this Thai basil chicken recipe. I will be publishing a few more like this video in this series.

Thai basil chicken recipe:
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Free Thai street food guide:
Eating Thai Food Guide:
Bangkok 101 Guide:

Music in this video is Opium by Igor Dvorkin

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  1. great recepie man ! best part… the look of satisfaction when you took the first bite ! made me hungry ! that great basil is hard for me to find down here in the jungle of Guatemala, so Im growin my own. its small still s im gonna hafta use the local basil….. its different, but i tink itll beok. theleaves arent as big…. but it very aromatic ! thanks for this ! I have some great fish I caugt outin tha Carrib. sailin in here, so im lookin for tai recepies. got any suggestions ?

  2. Hi Mark, its Rene again , like i said when i make i will comment back to you. Holy Basil man , dish was fantastic and quick and easy. Everyone loved it and make over and over. Thanks for the great recipe. Regards, Rene , sarasota, Fl, USA

  3. I have lived in Thailand for almost 10 years – and never cooked my own food. Mostly because of the overwhelming selection of cheap, but delicious restaurants all over this country – but also because I am a lazy. Two years ago, I moved to Isan (Northeast Thailand) and here it can be a challenge to find good central- and southern Thai food outlets. Today I saw your video and two hours later I made my very first pad krapao. It was delicious and very easy! Thank you! Please keep up the good work!

  4. It took a while for me to find a source of holy basil here in the UK, but I found a supply of dried holy basil. I love this combination of ingredients, but I always add a dash of fish sauce as well. Thank you for your video upload – it was inspirational

  5. Looks fantastic Mark, i'm gonna do this dish , i will reply back to you for the results, Thank you sir, love all your shows!! Regards, Rene Sarasota, Florida , USA

  6. Mark, Love your channel! my favorite thai dish is "thai spicy catfish' . This is the dish that got me introduced to Thai Food! Its my all time favorite. I would love to know how to make it at home. Can you make a video on how to make THAI SPICY CRISPY CATFISH??? Please Please Please!!! THANKYOU!!!!

  7. Good job on the dish. However, the most original kra pao does not contain dark soy sauce. I am sure that one of famous judges on a Thai cooking show will get mad by seeing the sauce. LOL. She suggested that we have to grind a Thai yellow chili, Thai red chili, and bird eye's chili into a paste. This paste will cause the whole dish to turn darker (brown). The brown texture might be close to the dark soy sauce, but the taste is not the same. 😀

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