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by michelle

chicken and holy basil stir-fry

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This simple and traditional dish (gai pad grapow) appears on most Thai restaurant menus.


Thinly slice 500g (1 lb) of chicken thigh meat, an onion and (if desired) 2 fresh red chillies. Peel 6-8 cloves of garlic and pound them in a mortar and pestle with 6 long red chillies. Heat some vegetable oil in a wok until smoking hot and add the garlic and chillies briefly before adding the chicken. Cook for a few minutes until the chicken changes colour then add 3 teaspoons each of oyster sauce and Thai fish sauce and season with ground white pepper. Add the sliced onion and red chillies. If the stir-fry becomes too dry add a little water. When the chicken is cooked add the leaves of ½ a bunch of holy basil and mix through. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.


Written by michelle picker

June 16, 2014 at 6:55 am

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