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Thai red curry with chicken, vegetables and rice

Thai Basil and Chili Chicken

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  • Author: Sam
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Thai Basil Chicken is a popular Thai street food that’s served all over the world because it’s just that good.

Also known as Pad Kra Pao Gai, it’s a simple but really flavorful dish that’s easy enough for even a beginner home cook to try to make.

In this recipe, I use boneless chicken, green beans, red bell pepper, and a handful of aromatic Thai basil leaves, all tossed in a flavorful sauce made with oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, and sugar. Let’s jump in.

Living in Australia, I’ve had a lot of Southeast Asian cuisine influence in cooking and I love the fusion of flavors. Others you can try are Asian Noodle Veggies and Beef, Sweet and Sour Meatballs, and this delicious Vegan Chow Mein.


Units Scale
  • 675 grams of boneless chicken chopped
  • 227 grams of green beans
  • 24 grams of very thinly sliced fresh Thai basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 minced Thai chilies, or to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 sliced shallots
  • Jasmine rice to serve (1 cup)


  1. In a pan or large, thick-walled skillet, heat the oil over moderate flame. While the pan is heated, thoroughly combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar. Place aside.
  2. Add the green beans and bell pepper to the hot pan. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Then add the chicken, and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, or until it starts to brown.
  3. Add the Thai chilies, garlic, and shallots by stirring. Cook for about another minute or until aromatic. Now add prepared sauce. Cook the Meat for another 1-2 minutes or until the sauce starts to glaze it.
  4. Add the Thai basil leaves and heat until the chicken is thoroughly cooked, the basil has wilted, and the liquid is absorbed. Serve hot alongside Rice.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Thai
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