Spicy Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)
My version of this classic Thai dish has spectacular taste even with regular basil instead of Thai or holy basil. The sauce actually acts like a glaze as the chicken mixture cooks over high heat. The recipe works best if you chop or grind your own chicken and have all ingredients prepped before you start cooking.
- Serves: 2 persons
- ⅓cup chicken broth
- 1tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1tablespoon soy sauce, or as needed
- 2teaspoons fish sauce
- 1teaspoon white sugar
- 1teaspoon brown sugar
- 2tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, coarsely chopped
- ¼cup sliced shallots
- 4cloves garlic, minced
- 2tablespoons minced Thai chilies, Serrano, or other hot pepper
- 1cup very thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
- 2cups hot cooked rice
Step 1Whisk chicken broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, white sugar, and brown sugar together in a bowl until well blended.
Step 2Heat large skillet over high heat. Drizzle in oil. Add chicken and stir fry until it loses its raw color, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in shallots, garlic, and sliced chilies. Continue cooking on high heat until some of the juices start to caramelize in the bottom of the pan, about 2 or 3 more minutes. Add about a tablespoon of the sauce mixture to the skillet; cook and stir until sauce begins to caramelize, about 1 minute.
Step 3Pour in the rest of the sauce. Cook and stir until sauce has deglazed the bottom of the pan. Continue to cook until sauce glazes onto the meat, 1 or 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
Step 4Stir in basil. Cook and stir until basil is wilted, about 20 seconds. Serve with rice.