gai pad cha recipe

Spicy Chicken Stir Fry (Gai Pad Cha)


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This recipe is perfect for fans of spicy stir fry dishes, using fresh peppercorn and chillies to provide a good amount of heat, and a mixture of sauces, lime leaves and basil to provide flavour.

As with all stir fry recipes, once you have done the preparation work, the actual cooking is very straight forward, and the whole recipe should be ready under 15 minutes including prep. Lots of fresh ingredients are used that might be hard for some people to get hold of, so you could always cheat by freezing them so that they last longer! We bought lots of fresh peppercorn on our last trip to the asian store, and found that it kept well in the freezer.

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gai pad chaa chilli chicken stir fry ingredients list

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  • 3 red bird eye chillies
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 250g sliced chicken
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 krachai roots (diagonally sliced)
  • 2 red chillies (diagonally sliced)
  • 4 pairs of kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh peppercorn
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup sliced green beans

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Step 1: Add 2 cloves of garlic and 3 red bird eye chillies to a mortar and pestle, and crush into a paste.

making the stir fry paste

Step 2: Heat 1 tbsp of cooking oil in a wok on a high heat, then add the paste we just made, and fry it for about 20 seconds. Then add 250g of sliced chicken breast, and stir fry for about 1 minute. Then add 1 tbsp of fish sauce, 1/2 tbsp of soy sauce, 2 tbsp of oyster sauce, 2 sliced red chillies, 1/4 cup of sliced green beans, 4 sliced krachai roots, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and 2 tbsp of fresh peppercorn to the wok. Then tear up 4 pairs of kaffir lime leaves and add them to the wok too.

stir frying gai pad cha

Step 3: Stir fry for about 2 to 3 minutes. As the stir fry begins to dry, add about 1 tbsp of water and continue stir frying for a couple of minutes more until the chicken is cooked. Once the chicken is cooked, add 1/4 cup of basil leaves, stir in, then serve and enjoy! This dish pairs well with some steamed jasmine rice.

stir frying the thai stir fry

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