Look forward to your weekday dinners with this QUICK & EASY Thai Basil Chicken Stiry Fry a.k.a Pad Grapao! Fragrant Thai basil protein-rich chicken in a sweet, salty, and spicy sauce. How can you go wrong? These flavours are unique, addicting, and taste like love at first bite.
This is unlike any stir-fry you have had before
You may be used to large pieces of protein with vegetables in a soy based or sweet sauce. Although those are delicious in their own ways, Pad Grapao takes stir fry to another level. If you want to add vegetables to it, feel free! It would taste amazing with some chopped green beans and even eggplant! As I always like to say, get creative in the kitchen!
Traditionally this dish is made with Holy Basil. It’s peppery with a little more kick compared to Thai Basil. Who knew there were this many varieties of basil available? I was able to find a beautiful bunch of fresh Thai Basil at my local Asian grocery store. During the summers, we also grow it in our garden since we usually keep this recipe in our weekly rotation. Thai basil has a wonderful licorice-like flavour. If you’re not a fan of licorice, don’t let that scare you! Combined with the flavours of chillies, garlic, and the wonderful umami sauce, you may just fall in love with this dish.
The beauty of Thai food is how the combination of sweet, salty, sour and spicy come together differently in each dish. Right beside Filipino food, Thai food is up there as one of my favourite cuisines. To add a sour element I like squeezing some lime juice on top. It adds brightness to what is already a flavourful dish.
Enjoy the way you want
Rice is AMAZING with this but if you want something a little lighter, you can serve it in some lettuce leaves. Having this dish with cucumber on the side is also super tasty. What I love most about this dish is that although there are no vegetables cooked in the stirfry itself, it goes really well with fresh, crisp vegetables like lettuce and cucumber. The contrast between the deep flavour of the chicken and the refreshing flavour of lettuce and cucumber is SO GOOD!
Chopping the chicken
This recipe requires that your chicken be finely minced. I like to do this by using a sharp cleaver and chopping the chicken until I’m left with pieces about the size of a green pea. With a sharp knife, it’s easy to mince your chicken BUT if you don’t have time, feel free to use ground chicken.
This is truly one of those recipes that will change the way you see cooking. It’s healthy, quick and flavourful. It’s a must try!