Chicken Basil - Chicken Basil, or Gai Pad Gra
Pow, is one of the classics of Thai food
and is surprisingly easy to make. It is
popular among the Thais and known as a
Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 20 minutes
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 lb ground chicken
1-2 packages holy basil
4-7 minced Thai chili pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Tips and Techniques: You can substitute ground turkey for ground chicken. Some people like the meat cut up in bite size pieces rather than ground. Ground pork or ground beef is a good substitution as well. Holy Basil or Thai Basil doesn’t stay fresh (or green) long in the refrigerator. So use the basil as soon as you can. However, if it starts to get freezer burn, it can still be used.
Mince garlic and chili pepper together. Clean and
pick gra-pow leaves from their stem. It may appear like
a lot of leaves, but the leaves will shrink when cooked
and this dish's flavor comes from the leaves.
Fry the garlic and chili pepper in oil over high
When garlic starts to turn brown, drop the ground
chicken in. Stir constantly. The juice will start to
come out. Keep stirring until all the juice is gone. It
might take a couple of minutes.
Add fish sauce. Then add Thai basil. Quickly turn
it over a few times to mix the leaves with the meat and
then remove from the fire and put the gai pad gra pow
in the serving plate or dishes.
Serve hot with rice.
In Thailand, gai pad gra pow is served with a small
bowl of chili pepper in fish sauce, sliced cucumber and
a wedge of lime.