Thai Basil Chicken Recipe (Pad Kra Pao)

Try this delicious and most beloved Thai street dish of all time - Pad Kra Pao or the Stir-fry Thai Basil Chicken.


  • 5-10 Thai chilies, or to taste
  • 5 clovesof garlic
  • 1 red chili, chopped
  • ½ cupof long beans, cut into short pieces
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • 300g of chicken, coarsely ground
  • 1 tbspof oyster sauce
  • 1 tbspof soy sauce
  • 2 tsp of fish sauce
  • 1½ tsp of black soy sauce
  • 2tbsp of water
  • 1 ½ tspof sugar
  • 1 ½  cup of holy basil leaves
  • Vegetable oil


  1. Firstly, pound Thai chilies into a fine paste. Then, add the garlic and spur chilies and pound into a rough paste.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, black soy sauce, water and sugar; stir the mixture to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Next, in a wok or a large saute pan, saute the garlic-chili paste in a little vegetable oil over medium-high heat until the garlic starts to turn golden.
  4. Then, add chicken into the wok and toss until they're no longer in big clumps. Once done, add the sauce and continue tossing until the chicken is almost cooked.
  5. Add onions and long beans and continue tossing until the chicken is done.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the holy basil.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Recipe inspired by Pailin Chongchitnant from