Chicken Basil Recipe

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Chicken Basil, or Gai Pad Gapow, is one of the classics of Thai food and is surprisingly easy to make. It is popular among the Thais and known as a no-brainer dish.  In Thailand, when you are in a strange town and a strange restaurant, you know that you can always order Gai Pad Gapow and it will probably be decent.  It's a simple dish that any restaurants know how to make it right.

You know you've made Chicken Basil right when the heat from the chili peppers plays just under the flavor of the gapow and the fish sauce. Don't be afraid to use what seems like an excessive amount of gapow leaves - they make the dish.

2 Servings, Prep Time: 20 Minutes, Total Time: 20 Minutes

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. I find that ground breast meat is dry and not as flavorful as dark meats. Ground pork or ground beef is a good substitute as well.
  • In Thai restaurants in the US, unfortunately, sweet basil or Thai basil is usually used for this dish. It is not quite the same.
  • Many farmers markets now have holy basil.
  • Holy 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.
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Chili Fish Sauce

Nam Pla Prig

Tips and Techniques

For a vegetarian chili fish sauce, substitute light soy sauce for fish sauce.

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