Pad Gra Pow (Spicy Thai Chicken with Basil)

I’ve been really into basil chicken at Thai restaurants lately and I wanted to try and make an at home version. Every time I tried, it tasted too much like soy sauce, or it was too garlicky or the basil flavor didn’t come through well enough. I stumbled upon a blog called and they had a great recipe. I altered it a little bit and this recipe is adapted from theirs.

Pad Gra Pow (Spicy Thai Chicken with Basil)

1 lb. Chicken thinly sliced
1 Medium Red Onion thinly sliced
1 Green Pepper thinly sliced
4 Garlic Cloves minced
3 Thai Chiles, sliced paper thin (4 if you like spicy)
2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp. Oyster Sauce
1 tsp. Sugar
¼ C. Chicken Stock
2 tsp. Thai Red Curry Paste
20 Thai Basil Leaves, coarsely chopped
1- 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
(this recipe originally calls for eggplant, but I would omit. you will see it in the photos)

1. Add ½ tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet and heat over high heat
2. Sauté the onions, and peppers separately for one to two minutes for each vegetable starting with the onions and then the peppers (adding more oil if pan is dry)
3. After each veggie, remove from the pan, and place together on a plate
4. While the vegetables cook, prepare the sauce, mixing the garlic, chiles, curry paste, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar and ¼ cup of chicken stock in a small bowl. Mix together well so the curry paste blends
5. Add the chicken to the pan, and cook until just done (about 4-5 minutes)
6. Return the vegetables to the pan along with the sauce and mix until heated through
7. Remove from heat, and add the basil leaves
8. Serve over rice


4 thoughts on “Pad Gra Pow (Spicy Thai Chicken with Basil)

  1. Hey there Megs!!! Thanks for the links back to my site… and I’m so glad that you tried/adapted my recipe!! It’s nice to see the same general recipe interpreted in a different way. I love your site name, and feel the same way you do about your kitchen being a zen place. Here’s to cooking and blogging! Cheers!

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