Thai basil chicken wings (Pad Krapow style)


It seems like I’m making an Asian tour the past few days, starting with Japan, then Korea, and now I’m moving to Thailand, adopting the popular Pad Krapow dish into my version of chicken wings, instead of minced meat. To reflect the authentic taste, this dish has to be hot hot hot, super hot, that’s how real Thai cuisine oughts to be. If you love spicy stuff, be really generous with the chillies. My eyes were even tearing up when pounding this garlic, shallot & chillies mixture and still, it wasn’t even close to what I ate when dining out with my Thai friends. Another point worth noting is about the basil. I’m supposed to used Thai basil (or so called húng quế in Vietnamese), but that seems like a lot of work looking for them here in England, so I simple substitute with sweet basil which is more common in supermarkets. The result is good either way, but I would definitely recommend Thai basil (or better yet, holy basil krapow) if you have them in hand.


Thai basil chicken wings

INGREDIENTS: (for 2-3, maybe?)

  • 8 chicken wings
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 shallots (preferably the small red Asian shallots)
  • 5 bird’s eye chillies
  • 1/2 tbsfish sauce
  • 1 tbs + 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey (or sugar if you like)
  • basil leaves
  • pepper


  • In a mortar, pound together garlic, shallot and chillies into a rough paste. Otherwise, you can mince or finely chop them


  • Chop the chicken wings into smaller pieces
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan, fry the chicken wings until nicely brown, remove and dab with some kitchen paper to remove excess oil


  • Add more oil if necessary, add the garlic, shallot, chillies paste and quickly saute until fragant. Add the chicken


  • Season with soy sauce, fish sauce and honey, turn down the heat, let the sauce thicken and coat the chicken evenly
  • Throw in some basil leaves, stir well and turn off heat


This is best served with a bowl of steamed Thai jasmine rice, preferably with some steamed vegetables as well, pak choy maybe?

Out of boredom, I have arranged my room a bit today, and it sure looks a lot more lively with my new cohabitants: Mr. Mint & Ms. Thyme ^^ They look perfect together, don’t they?


Have a lovely week everyone,

Phuong x


9 thoughts on “Thai basil chicken wings (Pad Krapow style)

  1. I found your recipe via Pinterest. The wings looks delicious and I will be making it for dinner tonight! Thank you for sharing.

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