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Pad Gra Pow Grai (Stir Fry Chicken with Basil)

by Global Food Traveller (follow)
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This is a simple but classic Thai dish enjoyed by Thai people for breakfast or lunch. Just one taste will take you back to Bangkok.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

1 lb chicken breast / thigh
4 cloves garlic
2-3 tbps peanut, groundnut or vegetable oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
A few good glugs of Thai fish sauce
3 shallots
2 kaffir lime leaves
1 cup fresh Thai sweet basil (or fresh basil if you can't find this)
3 Thai birdseye chillis (more if you like it hot)
Sprinkle of ground white pepper
Boiled or sticky rice to serve

Pad Gra Pow Grai

Dice the chicken into small, bite sized chunks (the smaller the better as the smaller the surface area, the more flavour the meat will absorb. In Thailand it is even popular to ground the meat).
Thinly slice the shallots into elegant slices
Peel and finely chop the garlic
Finely chop the Thai birdseye chillies, discarding the core (leave out the seeds if you prefer the dish to be milder, for heat, keep the seeds in)
Cut the kaffir lime leaves into very thin slivers, discarding the hard spine in the middle
Wash and drain the Thai basil leaves and pluck off the stems
Place a wok on a high heat until the surface begins to smoke
Add the oil to the pan and wait a few seconds for it to get hot
Add the garlic, being careful to stir and prevent it from burning
A few seconds later, add the shallots and stir fry for a few more seconds
Stir fry the garlic and the shallots

Add the chicken to the wok and stir fry until the chicken has completely sealed and cooked
Stir fry the chicken until cooked

Throw in the chillies and the kaffir lime leaves
Add the soy sauce and cook for a further few seconds
Add the fish sauce according to taste and throw in the fresh basil leaves

Cook until the leaves have wilted
Serve over boiled or sticky white rice and spinkle on some ground white pepper
Alternatively, you can add cashew nuts for extra crunch, or, you can do it Thai-style and add a crispy friend egg on the top

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