Weeknight Thai Basil Chicken with Fried Eggs aka the Easiest Pad Krapow Gai Recipe Ever

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This 7 ingredient 10 minute recipe will blow your mind.
Posted March 5, 2019 by Mike

This is a super simplified version of everyone’s favorite Thai dish Pad Krapow Gai, possibly the most popular dish in Thailand, even more so than Pad Thai, which is a fake thing invented in the 50s. Properly speaking, Thai Basil Chicken should be made with holy basil (that’s what kra pow means), but as this is dinner and chill, any basil will do, or even arugula. This dish comes together in 10 minutes with only 7 ingredients and tastes like a million dollars. The most important part is the eggs, which really take things to the next level. It’s spicy, savory, and the perfect answer to a long stressful day at work.

Cooking Notes
If you can get it, holy basil is where it’s at, but then after that, sub with Thai basil, then regular fresh sweet basil, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, arugula, which has a little bit of the pepperiness of holy basil (or even a mix).

The secret to Thai eggs is getting a lot of oil (say 2-3 tablespoons) very hot and then almost deep frying your eggs. Crack your eggs, one at a time, into a bowl so you can drop it in more evenly. Spoon hot oil over the uncooked parts to baste the eggs so that the edges don’t brown too too much, unless you’re into that, which I am. More details over on Steph’s dedicated post to crispy eggs here.

Thai peppers are very very spicy. Frying them mellows out the spice a little, but if you’re not feeling adventurous, you can substitute for any red pepper of any spiciness.

Oyster sauce can be found in the Asian aisle of any grocery store. If you see the Lee Kum Kee bottle with the painted label, go for that one. It’s a few dollars more but much better than the red panda label.

What do you need?
A garlic press and a mortar and pestle help a lot but aren’t necessary.

How do you serve it?
Serve over rice or with noodles. Just be sure to include the fried egg.

Weeknight Thai Basil Chicken Recipe
Serves 2-4

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 5-10 chilies, roughly chopped (I used 7)
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 1lb ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 cup basil, leaves only

1. Pre-measure your soy sauce and oyster in a small bowl. Optionally crush your garlic and chilies together in a mortar and pestle if you have one.
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2. Fry your eggs sunny side up in a generous amount of oil over high heat, one at a time. When done, transfer to a plate and set aside. Note: a non stick pan is your friend here, despite the photo.
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3. Fry your garlic and chilies until fragrant – about 1 minute.
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4. Fry your ground chicken or turkey. Don’t break it up too much, allow it to form a crust.

5. When your meat is browned to your liking, add the sauce and toss until evenly coated. Remove from heat and add basil, toss until the basil is wilted.

6. Serve over rice and topped with the fried eggs.
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  1. sillygirl says:

    A half a pound of meat plus an egg – isn’t that a protein overload for one serving? Did you mean a half pound of ground meat per recipe – that would be a quarter pound plus one egg per serving – more of a standard meal serving?

    1. Mike says:

      It’s not much different than an 8oz steak but you’re absolutely right: people are different sizes. I’ve updated it to serves 2-4. Thanks for pointing that out!

      1. sillygirl says:

        You’re welcome! As you get older (75) you eat less I guess. I would still include one egg per serving.

        1. sillygirl says:

          So I made this yesterday for lunch – had ground lamb so I used that – loved it! What kind of peppers do you use? The jalapenos I have are hot so I used just one and a yellow bell pepper – because that is what I also had. Some sort of not hot jalapeno would be better for the 5 -10 I think but we still loved the recipe. So when I get the big bag of basil again this will be on the menu as well as the basil ice cream I tried and we loved with frozen pineapple or blueberries. Yum! Keep those good recipes coming!

          1. sillygirl says:

            I used the Saveur recipe for the basil ice cream – they call it gelato. No cooking.

  2. jane says:

    I must be really tired. I read your sentence as: any red pepper of any species. Looking forward to making the recipe.

    1. Mike says:

      I do stuff like that all the time! Let me know how it goes if you end up making it

  3. Making this tonight, thanks!! Eggs on everything, all the time ??

  4. Kay says:

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was so good! It really tastes like restaurant basil chicken!!! THank you so much!!!!

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