Pad Gra Pow

Servings, Time, and Ingredients

Servings: 2 - 3

Cooking Time: ~20 Minutes

  • 2 Shallots
  • 500g - 1kg Minced Chicken (Pork substitutes perfectly)
  • 4 Tablespoons of Fish Sauce
  • 5+ Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • Handful of Thai Birdseye Chili
  • Handful of Fresh Basil
  • 200g Baby Spinach

Nutritional Information

The following only serves as a guide. Actual figures will vary depending on specific ingredients used.

Protein: 188g

Fat: 175g

Carbs: 12g

Pad Gra Pow is a very simple Thai dish, made up of only a small number of ingredients.

Preparation is only dicing, and it cooks up in no time. This particular recipe is not traditional for a couple of reasons but most notably for the lack of Holy Basil, which doesn’t really grow outside of the tropics. In any case it’s absolutely delicious and I’m considering heading to the market to get more chicken to make it all over again.


Add some bacon grease (you do store bacon grease, right?) to a pan and set the temperature to high. Finely dice the Shallots and Garlic, then add to the pan and stir well. We need to ensure it’s all well coated.

Let it all continue sizzling away until it starts to go decidedly brown

Chicken Time

Add in the Chicken and mix.

When the chicken looks as above, add in the Fish Sauce and Sesame Oil. If anything, you may need to add more Sesame Oil than noted above, but it can be to your liking.


Basil is a core component of this meal. Holy Basil is traditionally used, but if you live in a seasonal climate it may be hard to get. I use Sweet Basil in this, as it’s what I can grow at home.

Sweet Basil is super hardy and wont die in a hurry, try growing some in a small pot and see for yourself. It even grows very well inside so long as it can still get sunlight.

Add the Basil in, and continue to stir.


Chop up the Chilli into small pieces

Stir til your can stir no more


Typically you would serve this with Rice, but of course that’s out of the question, so I went for Baby Spinach instead, a few large handfuls per bowl

The Final Product

Continue to cook until the Chicken takes on a nice brown color, and you should end up with something amazing like this

It’s a fairly oily meal, but that’s good, because it will keep you full for longer.

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