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Some people like to serve a fried egg on top of their stir fried chicken & basil

This recipe is for stir fried chicken and basil, which is a popular dish in Thailand. In Thailand, we call this “Pad Ka Pao Gai”, which translates into english as “stir fried chicken and basil”.

Serves 2


  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 onion, chopped small
  • 4 chillies, chopped small
  • 1 handful of basil leaves
  • 300g of chicken breast, chopped small
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 100g of beans, chopped
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp of water
  • 1 cup of rice

Cooking Instructions

  1. Steam the rice in a rice cooker or pot, and rest
  2. While the rice is resting, heat the oil in a wok or fry pan until hot
  3. Add garlic and chilli, and stir until garlic begins to turn yellow (about 1 minute or so)
  4. Add chicken and stir until chicken is 90% cooked.
  5. Add oyster sauce and continue to stir until chicken is cooked
  6. Then add the beans, basil, and onion, and stir fry for about 2 minutes

Serve the stir fry with the steamed rice.