Gai Pad Krapow Recipe

Gai Pad Krapow

Gai pad krapow or Basil ground chicken is yet another flavorsome dish from the heart of Thailand. If you don’t have any qualms about spicy food, gad pad krapaow is the ideal dish to suit your palate. This chicken dish has a strong garlicky nature which is toned down by the range of sauces used to marinate the chicken. However, it is the basil which is the highlight of the dish. Though a generous fistful of basil leaves is used to cook this dish, it never subdues the other flavors yet delivers a refreshing spirit to the dish. Apart from pleasing our taste buds, the sight of the green herbs strike a vibrant contrast to the browned ground chicken and makes a pleasant visual treat. Gai pad krapow taste bests with perfectly cooked white jasmine rice or any other white rice. Top this delectable ensemble with a runny poached egg and you are set to enjoy an authentic Thai delicacy.


  • 1 ½ lb ground chicken
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • ½ tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Blend the basil leaves in the food processor along with garlic and chili garlic sauce, until they form a finely chopped mixture.
  2. Stir in 1 tbsp of this mixture to 1 tbsp of fish sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar; mix them thoroughly and set aside.
  3. Add another tbsp of fish sauce to the ground chicken and marinate it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, empty the remaining garlic-basil mixture into a skillet, drizzle the olive oil over it and stir fry them along with the onions for about 5 minutes or until they soften.
  5. Stir in the marinated chicken mixture and continue to cook, while crumbling the chicken with the wooden spatula.
  6. When the chicken is browns, pour in the sauce mixture and give them a nice stir.
  7. Cook the dish for about a minute and place it on top of a bed of steaming white rice.