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Thai food gives you comfort, brings holiday memories and on top you can always eat it when you crave for healthier meal with just rice and chicken. To be honest this was the first time we ever prepared this thai basil chicken recipe at home. For a long time now, we have been wanting to develop a thai basil recipe for the blog, but we were somehow always scared. There are some meals you don’t want to mess with and ruin the original.
Thai basil chicken, better known in Thai as pad kra pao gai (ผัดกระเพราไก่ pad ka prao gai), is a contender for the most popular, and the most beloved Thai street food dish of all time.
After our first bite we asked ourselves: WHY?? Oh why did we hesitate so long to prepare this amazing authentic asian street food dish.
So simple, delicious and you can’t go wrong with it. For sure, one of our favorites at the moment. I hope Thai food lovers will approve it as well!
Best substitute for Thai Basil
You don’t have thai basil? No worries, of course you can use normal basil as well. But be aware, it misses the slight aniseed flavour that’s distinctly , which is associated with this Thai dish. But, even if you don’t have the traditional basil, it is still very much worth making!
If you like stir fries and curry, make sure you try our yellow coconut curry with shrimps.
Thai Basil Chicken
- 600 g Chicken Breast minced or chopped really small
- 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 3-4 pcs Garlic Cloves
- Handful Cashew Nuts
- Handful Fresh Thai Basil
- Thai Chili optional
- 1 medium Egg optional
- 3 tbsp Sweet Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
- 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
- 60 ml Chicken Broth
- ¼ tbsp Black Pepper
- In a bowl mix the sauce ingredients together and set aside
- Heat the oil in a wok or large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and optional the chilis and cook for about 20 seconds stirring constantly to avoid burning
- Add the chicken and cook for about 3 - 4 minutes, avoid that the chicken is sticking together
- When the chicken is no longer pink, drain any excess liquid
- Stir in the sauce and cook, stirring constantly until the sauce starts to thicken, about 2 minutes
- Add the thai basil and cashew nuts and stir fry for about 1 minute
- Enjoy your BeastFeast!