Thai Basil Chicken Recipe (Gai Pad Krapow)

Thai Basil Chicken - super easy and authentic recipe made with ground chicken, Thai basil and chilies. Gai Pad Krapow is great with rice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Keyword Thai Basil Chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 250 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 10 oz ground chicken
  • 6 bird's eye chilies, chopped and pounded with a mortar and pestle, or 1-2 fresh jalapeno cut into slivers
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar or sugar to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kecap manis or sweet soy sauce
  • 1 bunch Thai basil leaves, lower stems removed
  • 3 dashes white pepper


  1. Add the oil into a heated wok, follow by the chopped garlic and shallots. Stir fry the garlic and shallots until aromatic, then add the ground chicken into the wok. Use the spatula to quickly stir-fry and break the ground chicken meat into small lumps.
  2. When the chicken meat changes color, toss in the chilies, fish sauce, palm sugar, and sweet soy sauce. Stir to combine well. Add in the basil leaves and do a few quick stirs until the basil leaves wilted and you smell the exotic fragrance of the basil leaves. Add the white pepper into the dish, do a final stir, dish out and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If you love Thai food, you should check out my authentic and popular Thai recipes on Rasa Malaysia. You can also serve Thai basil chicken as lettuce wraps, it tastes great with the fresh lettuce and Thai sweet chili sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Thai Basil Chicken Recipe (Gai Pad Krapow)
Amount Per Serving (3 people)
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 669mg29%
Potassium 607mg17%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 17.2mg21%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.