Thai Style Garlic Chicken Recipe

I love Thai food. They are generally simple, easy to cook; and most importantly, they're yummy. In fact, I think it’s one of the tastiest foods out there. One dish that I’ve had so many times in Thailand is its kai kratiam dish. It’s garlic chicken fried in fish and oyster sauce. It’s a simple dish that I tried replicating at home (and succeeded based on my standards!)

This is my version of the Thai style garlic chicken recipe.

thai style garlic chicken

-Chicken breast, 400g cut in strips
5-7 cloves, chopped and minced
-Fish sauce, ½ tbsp
-Oyster sauce, 1 tbsp
-Raw sugar, ½ tbsp
-Basil (optional, but preferred)
-Freshly crushed pepper, ½ tsp

-Bird's eye chili, 1-2pcs chopped (optional)
-Cooking oil, 1 tbsp

Directions in cooking: 
1.    Pour oil in a heated pan.
2.    Put in the garlic. Saute’ well.
3.    When the garlic turns golden and sticky, add in the chicken.
4.    Cook under medium to high heat.
5.    Season with fish sauce.

Saute the chicken well. It’s more like frying it well, really. What you want is for the chicken to release its fats. The chicken will turn a bit brown; and that is fine. Continue stirring on medium to high heat until the chicken is fried well enough.

stir-fry chicken

 6.    Put in the oyster sauce. Stir well.
7.    Add the sugar. Continue stirring.

After a while, the dish should be looking like this.

thai style garlic chicken

8.    Add the basil, if using. 
9.    At this point, you can adjust the sweetness and/or saltiness according to your preference.
10.    Turn off the heat; and do not cover.
11.    Serve with fried egg and a side of vegetable.

thai style garlic chicken

There! While it is not the traditional kai kratiam dish similar to the ones sold in the streets of Bangkok, this comes close. I am happy settling with this without the fresh basil and the (very spicy) bird’s eye chili. This dish reminds me of the pork tapa (marinated pork in soy sauce and vinegar) that we have in the Philippines; perhaps because they are both fried dishes. The prepping of the chicken garlic recipe however, is far simpler. If you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch or dinner, try this one out.

thai style garlic chicken

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