Stir-Fried Chicken with Holy Basil

Stir-Fried Chicken with Holy Basil

[Photograph: Luk Thys]

Reprinted with permission from Bangkok Street Food by Tom Vandenberghe and Eva Verplaetse. Copyright © 2010. Published by Lannoo. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

  • Yield:serves 2 to 3
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time:15 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 8 ounces chicken breast, boned and chopped in small pieces
  • 2 big red chiles, chopped finely
  • 2 handfuls of holy basil (bai krapao)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water or chicken stock


  1. 1.

    Heat the wok on a medium heat. Add oil and garlic, stir-fry for
    a few seconds. Turn on the heat and add the chicken. Add chilli
    and half of the basil. Stir-fry for 1 minute, add fish sauce, sugar and
    water or stock. Turn down the heat on low. Add the rest of the basil,
    stir-fry for a few seconds and serve on rice.