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Thai basil chicken with red chili pepper slices.
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15 Minute Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

This Thai basil chicken is a fast and easy Thai stir fry made with chicken, Thai basil, and vegetables! Add chilis peppers for extra spice and serve with rice and a fried egg!
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: dinner, entree, lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Servings: 4
Calories: 94kcal


  • 2 cups chicken cut into bite size pieces; about 1 lb
  • 1 ¼ cup Thai basil see Note 1
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup vegetables chopped (onions, peppers, green beans)
  • 2 stalk green onions
  • red and green chili peppers (optional for spice); minced



Make Sauce

  • Sauce: Add all the ingredients for the sauce together in a small bowl and set aside.
    1 Tablespoon dark soy sauce, 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce, 1 ½ Tablespoons brown sugar, 2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce, 2 teaspoons fish sauce, 4 cloves garlic
    Thai basil chicken sauce mixed in a bowl.

Stir Fry

  • Cook chicken: Heat your pan or wok over high heat and add the vegetable oil and the chicken. Stir fry until the chicken is almost cooked.
    Spicy minced chili peppers added to chicken stir frying in a pan.
  • Add vegetables: Next add the minced chili peppers (if using) and vegetables. Stir fry until fork tender but still crisp.
    Chicken, onions, and green onions stir frying in a pan.
  • Add sauce: Add the sauce and stir fry until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken. If you prefer less sauce, start with half.
    Chicken stir frying in a pan with sauce.
  • Add basil: Turn off the heat and toss in the basil, reserving a few leaves for garnish. The heat will soften and wilt the basil leaves. Garnish with fresh leaves and sliced peppers. Serve immediately with rice. Enjoy!
    Thai basil leaves stir frying with chicken in a pan.


  1. Thai basil - This recipe tastes best with Thai basil but you can substitute any basil if you can't find it. It's sold in most Asian grocery stores in the fresh herb section.
  2. Chicken - You can substitute with ground chicken. 
For a vegetarian/vegan version, check out my Thai Basil Tofu recipe. 


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 464mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 494IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg