Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Basil Chicken/Gai Pad Krapow

Basil chicken has long been my favorite Thai dish. This is something that I cooked often if I have some Thai basil in hand. Thai basil spoil rather fast so I like to finish it up within a few days but many times it did gets black and I have to throw it away. I have to plant my own Thai basil coming summer. It is just too expensive to buy it every other week and then throw half of it away. This dish takes no time to prepare yet the flavor is simply amazing. You can serve it with rice, over noodles or even as lettuce wraps.


2 pieces chicken breast – remove the skin and fat and cut into tiny cubes
3 cloves garlic - chopped
1 small onion – cut into tiny cubes
3 bird eye chillies – cut small
1 small bunch of Thai basil


3 tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp soy sauce
½ tsp black soy sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
A few dash of black pepper

1. Heat up the wok with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add in the garlic and onions. Stir-fry until fragrant and lightly brown.
2. Add in the chicken and stir-fry for 2 minutes until most of the chicken changes color and no longer pink. Toss in the chilies. Add in all the seasoning and continue to stir fry until the chicken is cook through.
3. Toss in the basil and stir fry until the basil wilted. Check seasoning.
4. Transfer to a dish and serve warm.


Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

This sound simple and nice

tinyskillet said...

It looks so comforting and good! I hate when I have to through Thai basil out too. At least now I know it spoils quickly and I didn't just get a bad batch!

Jeannie said...

Looks delicious yet so simple to put together!

WendyinKK said...

DEfinately sounds yummy and I love the runny yolk!!!

Unknown said...

This is so easy, I can tell by the colring so flavorful too.

mycookinghut said...

I love Basil chicken!! Thanks for sharing this yummy dish!

Beachlover said...

love thai's basil chicken!! remember the place we eat wt Zue in Woodside at Queens..they served great basil chicken too!!'s been awhile I eat you said I also thrown 1/2 of whatever herbs I bought..sometimes I found cilantro or scallion at great price and was so happy but at the end,also kena thrown away if didn't use more than a week!

Lisa Ho said...

Looks good...:)

Cheah said...

This basil chicken looks so delicious and easy to prepare. Waiting for my harvest. Remember you asked me about pau which turns yellow upon steaming. Last night I experimented with a packet of Vietnamese pau flour, premix, from Melb., followed the instruction to put 2 Tbsp of white vinegar into the water and boil for steaming. The pau turned out well, not yellow and this morning I steamed the balance and still they maintained the colour. But of course not as white as those from the restaurants which use ammonia powder. Perhaps you can try this method of steaming.

3 hungry tummies said...

This is what we eat once a week before our diet lol Can you get holy basil over there?

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thai basil chicken is my absolute fave too! But I have the same problem too about the basils going bad....Half the time I have to dump them. Wish I still have my basil plant...had to give to my friend after I relocate back to Sg.

Little Corner of Mine said...

This is one of my favorite chicken dishes too. :)

mysimplefood said...

Looks lovely. My basil plant is dying due to the cold. What do I do? Should I just throw it away and plant again during summer?

ICook4Fun said...

Sonia, thanks.

Lyndsey, nowadays I stick the whole bunch in water and I am able to keep it a bit longer.

Jeannie, thank you.

Wendy, thanks.

Jennifurla, yes it is.

Leemei, you are welcome.

Lesley, did you order this dish. I forgot :) Yea cilantro too spoil really fast that is why I plant it during summer.

Lisa, thanks.

Cheah, I used the ready mix pau flour here too. It might be the same type. The packet did give instructions to put some vinegar in the steaming water. I managed to get the low gluten flour the other day from the Asian store so I am going to try out your pau dough. Thanks Cheah.

3 hungry tummies, yes I see that you love Thai food. How is your diet coming along. Losing a lot of weight?

Bee Bee, All mu herbs kaput during winter except for rosemary. So have to wait till spring before start my planting again.

LCOM, mine too.

Mysimplefood, most herbs plant can't survive the winter that is why I have to plant it all over again during spring and summer.

Bakericious said...

sound simple and looks delicious, great to go with a bowl of rice.

Ping said...

Thanks so much for the simple recipe....looks yummy