Jennifer in Wonderland

June 25, 2009

Gai Pad Krapow (Thai Basil Chicken)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — jennifer @ 6:24 PM

I just made this recipe for the 2nd time and boy is it yummy! I’ve always been intimidated of making Thai food at home because the flavors seem so complex and who knows what exotic ingredients you might need? Well turns out it really isn’t that difficult at all! What I love about Thai food is that you get salty, sour, spicy and sweet all in one dish and that is definitely something you find here. So make yourself some Gai Pad Krapow and imagine that you’re on a tut-tut in Bangkok instead of suburban Bay Area. 

Gai Pad Krapow (from Serious Eats)

-serves 2-

2 T vegetable oil
2-3 chilis, finely chopped (use Serranos for a mild heat, Thai Bird’s Eye chilis for a medium heat)
1 large shallot, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 lb. green beans, trimmed, chopped into 1 1/4 inch lengths
1/2 lb. ground chicken
2 T fish sauce
2 t sugar
1 bunch basil, leaves only

To Serve:
Steamed rice
Fried eggs, 1 per person (optional)
Fresh lime wedges

1. Heat the oil over high heat in a wok or large frying pan. When you can see waves forming in the hot oil, add the chilis, shallots, and garlic and stir-fry until golden, about 30 seconds.
2. Add the green beans and stir-fry until cooked but still crunchy, 3 to 4 minutes
3. Add the ground chicken, using a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the meat into small pieces. Stir fry until chicken is cooked through.
4. Add the fish sauce and sugar to the pan, stir to distribute. Taste, and add more fish sauce or sugar, if desired.
5. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the basil leaves and stir-fry until completely wilted. Remove from heat.
6. Serve with steamed rice, fried egg and nam pla prik or lime wedges.

Notes: I’ve made this with both ground chicken and ground turkey. I think pork would work well also. DO NOT sniff the pan after adding the chilis – the chili fumes will infiltrate your nasal canal and make you cough like a maniac. Yes, the fish sauce smells uh… pungent, but crack the window open and go with it. The flavor is amazing. 



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