30-Minute Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

Thai Basil Chicken is an easy, flavorful meal! This is a refined sugar-free take on classic Pad Krapow Gai.

Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai) made in just 30 minutes with basic ingredients

A combination of chicken, Thai basil, onion, garlic, Thai chilis and a sweet and savory sauce, this Thai Basil Chicken recipe comes together LIGHTNING quick and is a simple way of bringing home the takeout.

Typically, Pad Krapow Gai is made using granulated sugar, brown sugar, oyster sauce and chicken thighs or ground chicken. While this is not a traditional recipe for Pad Krapow Gai, it is a unique spin off the classic, is super flavorful, and easy to prepare.

Rather than using cane sugar, I use a small amount of coconut sugar, just enough to give it a subtle sweetness, but keeping it low in sugar. I also use liquid aminos rather than soy sauce, avocado oil instead of canola oil, and omit the oyster sauce to stick with fish sauce.

If you’re into Thai food, chicken, basil, and/or spicy food, you’re going to go wild over this dish!

Let’s get after it!

30-Minute Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

How to Make Thai Basil Chicken:

Stir together the chicken broth, fish sauce, and liquid aminos in a bowl until combined. Set aside until ready to use.

Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped yellow onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and chopped chicken. Allow chicken to sit untouched 2 to 3 minutes to brown. Stir in the thai chilies and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, another 2 minutes.

Pour the sauce into the skillet with the chicken and bring to a full boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow it to cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken has cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes. 

Stir in the basil leaves.

Serve Thai Basil Chicken with steamed white or brown rice.

Note: if desired, add 3 cups cooked white rice to the skillet with the Thai Basil Chicken to absorb the sauce and make the rice nice and flavorful.

30-Minute Thai Basil Chicken - an easy one-pot recipe

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Double or triple the recipe to feed a large family, or for meal prepping.
  • For a sweeter recipe, add another 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar.
  • Replace liquid aminos with low-sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos.
  • Omit the Thai chilis to keep it mild, or replace Thai chilis with 1-2 serranos or jalapenos if you don’t have access to Thai chilies.
  • Use ground chicken or turkey instead of chicken breasts.

30-Minute Thai Basil Chicken - an easy one-pot recipe - Pad Krapow Gai

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Thai Basil Chicken

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Thai
Keyword: 30-minute meal, basil, chicken recipe, Thai
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Calories: 250 kcal
Author: Julia

Thai Basil Chicken made in 30 minutes or less!

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Ingredients

For the Sauce:

For the Chicken:

  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1.25 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped
  • 2 Thai chilis minced, optional
  • 1 cup basil leaves chopped
  • 3 cups cooked white rice for serving (1 cup dry)

Instructions

  1. Stir together the chicken broth, fish sauce, and liquid aminos in a bowl until combined. Set aside until ready to use.

  2. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped yellow onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and chopped chicken. Allow chicken to sit untouched 2 to 3 minutes to brown. Stir in the thai chilies and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, another 2 minutes.

  3. Pour the sauce into the skillet with the chicken and bring to a full boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow it to cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken has cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes. If desired, continue cooking 10 minutes to reduce sauce and make thicker.

  4. Stir in the basil leaves. Serve with steamed white rice.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts calculated on chicken only, not including rice

Nutrition Facts
Thai Basil Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 of 4)
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 32g64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
30-Minute Thai Basil Chicken made with only a few basic ingredients. Easy, flavorful, healthful, delicious!

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Comments

  1. Kristi

    That seems like a lot of fish sauce. I’ve ruined recipes with this ingredient so wanted to check to make sure! Thanks!

    Ps – I want to try this with tofu, now that my basil
    is ready for picking!

    Reply
    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Kriti,

      Definitely a great idea to check first! I would say cut the fish sauce down to 1 Tbsp and bump up the liquid aminos (or soy sauce) up to 3 tablespoons if you’re worried about the flavor. I tend to love fish sauce but definitely understand it isn’t everyone’s jam after a certain amount 😉 Hope you enjoy! xoxo

      Reply
  2. Amer

    I am allergic to shrimp. Is there a fish sauce without shrimp or do u have a substitute for omitting it all together.

    Reply
    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Amer,

      I’m not aware of any shrimp-free fish sauce, unfortunately…but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Can you do oyseter sauce? If so, I would use that, and if not, go for more liquid aminos or even lime juice 😀 Hope that helps!

      Reply
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