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Stir Fried Chicken with Holy Basil and Chili ( Pad Kraprao Kai)

I wish you could smell my kitchen when I stir fried chicken with holy basil and dried red chili. The aroma from holy basil leaves gives an earthy tune to this flavorful sharp and rustic dish.

Holy basil is a leafy green shrub grown in Asia and many other tropical countries. It is considered to be a sacred plant for Hinduism and cultivated throughout South Asia for medical uses. Holy Basil is one of the essential ingredients in Thai cuisines. It gives a strong zesty scent to many stir fried dishes.

Stir fried chicken or any kind of meat with holy basil and chili is a popular quick dish you can find in any Thai restaurants. It is a common order in the busy made-to-order style street restaurants. The juicy flavorful chicken slightly moisten with spicy savory sweet sauce served on hot rice with fried egg is my favorite dish on Earth and I could definitely eat this everyday.

Stir Fried Chicken with Holy Basil and Chili

Ingredients: (2 servings)

300 gm boneless chicken- sliced

1/2 onion- sliced

3-4 cloves garlic- roughly bruised

2-3 dried red chili (or fresh)- broken or sliced

1 tbsp soy sauce

1/2 tsp fish sauce or to taste

1 tsp sugar

2-3 tbsp chicken stock

A handful fresh holy basil

1 tbsp oil


Heat the pan over the medium-high heat and add oil.

When the oil is hot, add garlic, dried red chili, and sauté until garlic turn golden brown and the chilies are slightly toasted

Add chicken and briefly stir for 30 second or so.

Add soy sauce, sugar and fish sauce. Stir further for 3-5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

Add onion and stir for another 30 second. Add 2-3 tbsp of chicken stock if it is too dry.

Add holy basil and give it a quick stir.

Serve hot over some cooked rice.

The chicken was really juicy and delicious. The holy basil gave a beautiful aroma and a slight heat to the dish. It was spicy and comforting. We enjoyed every spoonful of this scrumptious meat over hot rice.

Take care,


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