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Spicy Holy Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

Spicy Holy Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai) is a delicious dish of minced chicken with spicy Thai chili peppers and Thai Holy Basil served with Jasmine rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Mains
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 4
Calories: 191kcal
Author: HWC Magazine


  • 2 tablespoon Oil
  • 5 cloves Garlic
    peeled and minced
  • 4 Thai Bird Chili Peppers or so lightly crushed and 1 chopped finely or per your desired heat level.
  • 1 pound Chicken (minced with cleavers or minced chicken)
  • 2 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Water
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
    or sugar alternative of choice
  • 1.5 cups Thai Holy Basil
    (stems removed and leaves whole)- if cannot find Holy basil substitute with a basil you can find at your market and adjust the spices accordingly.
  • 4 cups Jasmine rice cooked


  • In a wok/ frying pan, add your oil, garlic and chili peppers and stir fry until aromatic. Add your minced chicken and fry until no longer pink and golden.
  • Mix your oyster sauce, fish sauce, water and sugar or sugar alternative in a bowl and add to your chicken mixture in the wok, add your 1 chopped Thai bird chili and chopped onion and stir fry for 1 minute.
  • Add whole Thai Holy basil to the chicken mixture and stirfry just until it begins to wilt. (You can also reserve a few Thai Holy Basil Leaves and deep fry them if you wish- not required)
  • Serve Spicy Holy Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai) with cooked Jasmine Rice. Garnish with extra basil leaves and chili, if desired.
  • Enjoy!


If you cannot find Holy Basil at the Asian Market near you, feel free to substitute with Mediterranean basil or even Thai Sweet Basil for the Holy Basil. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 76IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg