This dish of Thai basil chicken (Phad Kaprao Gai in Thai) has all the things I love in Thai cooking. It’s quick, it’s easy and filled with delicious flavors.

Thai basil chicken

Thai basil chicken

This dish was made by Charlotte and I after she just came back from a trip to beautiful Thailand. During the trip she also took part in a cooking class and one of the dishes made was this easy Thai basil chicken. So once home, she wanted to recreate a homestyle version of this delicious dish and here it is!

Now the most crucial part of the dish is the Thai basil. As you might have guessed from the title of Thai basil chicken. Thai basil is a mix of regular sweet basil and mint. It has a subtle mint flavor and combined with the basil flavor, I absolutely love it. That said, you might not be able to find it in the regular grocery store.

Thai basil chicken

Asian grocery store

I usually find this particular herb in the Asian grocery store. If you can’t find it, you can replace the Thai basil with regular basil and add a few mint leaves to the mix as well. It’s not the same, but it will still be delicious.

Making the Thai basil chicken

Once you’ve chopped all your ingredients, making the Thai basil is super quick and easy. It is prepared in a wok, but you can also use a skillet for this. For the green beans, you can prepare them in the wok, but I do like to precook those briefly. I find they stay quite firm if you don’t and I don’t like my green beans to be too crunchy.

There is not a whole lot of vegetables in this dish, so you can serve it with some added green salad to it and instead of the regular rice you could eat it with cauliflower rice. Always a great way to add more veggies to your food.

Thai basil chicken

Easy Thai basil chicken

Most of the flavors of the Thai chicken dish come from the condiments you use. They will give you that typical and delicious Thai feeling.

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Thai basil chicken (Phad Kaprao Gai)

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This easy Thai dish is delicious served with fragrant rice or use caulflower rice for more added vegetables
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Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes

2 people


  • 150 gram chicken fillet sliced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 100 gr green beans chopped
  • 2-3 red chili sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 bunch Thai basil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup sliced onions
  • 3 tbsp water

How to make Thai basil chicken

  • Pour oil into a wok on a low heat. When the oil is hot add the garlic, the onions, chili peppers and chicken. Stir until fragrant and well done. Next add green beans, fish sauce, sugar and oyster sauce.
  • Add a little water. Stir together well. When everything is done, add basil leaves and serve with rice

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1018mg | Potassium: 427mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 826IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist