Kai phat Krapow / Thai basil chicken


On our visit to Thailand a couple of years back, food was something we enjoyed the most apart from the hospitality of the Thai people. It quite amused me the way they greet you, spoke so softly and so glad that I work closely with Thailand as my office is headquartered there.  And during our trip, I got to taste some authentic Thai food both at the restaurants and at a friend’s place.  Ever since I have been a fan of Thai food and do cook them at home. One of them that I cook often is Kai phat Krapow or Thai basil chicken.
A simple and delicious chicken recipe you can imagine. Robustly flavored with garlic, chili and Basil is sure going to leave you longing for more.  You can also cook this with minced beef or pork.  Adjust the heat with adding more or less chili to suit your taste.  

You need –

  • Minced chicken – 250 grams
  • Fresh Thai basil leaves – 1.5 cup
  • Fresh red chili – 3 or as per your taste, finely chopped
  • Garlic big cloves – 3, minced
  • Long beans – chopped into 0.5 inch, 1/3 cup
  • fish sauce – 2 tablespoons
  • Dark soy sauce – 1 tablespoon

How to –

Heat oil in a wok and add the garlic, Saute till aromatic, Tip the minced chili and cook briefly.

Add the chicken and cook till the chicken changes the color. Use a wooden spoon and break the chicken to small lumps. Add the sauces, mix well.

Add the basil leaves, cook till the leaves wilted and fragrant. Mix well and turn off the heat and serve hot with Thai Jasmine rice.