Pad Ka Pow (stir fried chicken with hot basil)

This Pad Ka Pow is a quick and easy family friendly dinner packed with Asian flavor, yet made totally AIP and Paleo without the use of any grains, sugar, soy or chilies. In just a matter of minutes, with a few simple ingredients, you can have a dinner that will make you feel like you’re on vacation. Serve it with cauliflower fried rice and some fresh fruit for a complete Thai meal.

Plate with a serving of Pad ka pow, a thai stir fried chicken and basil dish

Last week my family and I were in Thailand and we had quite the adventure!

We traveled from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and then on to Chiang Mai before heading back home and had a full 8 days of Thai style fun. We fed and rode elephants, petted tigers, zipped through the streets in tuk-tuks, sat and watched life go by on Khao San road in Bangkok, and enjoyed all kinds of Thai foods and flavors. Well… everyone else enjoyed lots of flavors… I ate lots of fried rice. Thankfully that’s been a fairly safe reintroduction for me.

The highlight for the trip for all of us was spending a day at Mama Noi’s Thai Cookery School in Chiang Mai.

 

six people wearing blue aprons standing around a shared cooking station

 

Our Day At Cooking School:

The day started with a trip to the market where we were introduced to the ingredients we’d be using, then on to the kitchen. Once there we were allowed to choose from the menu the items we wanted to cook – 1 stir fry, 1 curry, 1 soup, 1 appetizer and 1 dessert. Plus we all got to make spring rolls and Thai Iced Tea.

The team there had prepared some of the ingredients and had everything ready for us to get to work. We were handed aprons, told to wash our hands and we got cooking. As a group we would prep ingredients and then move to the cooking stations, with guidance each step of the way.

Then, after every dish or two, we’d move back to the tables to enjoy our creations.

Ingredients for pad ka pow all prepped and ready to be used - chicken, onions, garlic, basil, asparagus and sauce

Because much of Thai cooking is quick, the key is to prep your ingredients ahead of time, so all you have to do while cooking is toss them in the pan and stir. This is actually a great idea no matter what style of cooking you are doing.

For me the highlight of the day was being able to customize my dishes to make them as AIP compliant as I could. And, now that I’m home I’ll work on making them all 100% compliant and sharing them all with you.

Thai recipe Substitutions:

This is what I was able to do during the cooking classes….

  • soy sauce – replaced with more fish sauce (they obviously didn’t have coconut aminos)
  • sugar – replaced with coconut sugar
  • chilies – omitted and increased the ginger amount when possible
  • milk – replaced with coconut milk

I think they enjoyed watching me create my own dishes. And I enjoyed being able to sit down to a full meal (with tons of leftovers) without fear of pain.

This Pad Ka Pow was the fist dish that we created. My mom made it as written and I did my substitutions. My hubby tasted both and said he actually preferred mine as you could taste all the flavors without the chili being overpowering. Here are the two of us with our finished dishes heading to the table. You can see all the chilies on my mom’s plate.

two ladies wearing blue aprons and displaying their completed plates of pad ka pow

A Note on Thai Basil:

The only ‘unusual’ ingredient in this dish is Thai Hot Basil. It is a relative of the sweet basil that we’re used to cooking with but it has a slightly spicier and aromatic flavor to it. You should be able to get thai basil at an Asian food store. If not, use sweet basil and add 1/2 tsp more ginger to the sauce mix.

It’s Stir Fry Time:

 

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Pad Ka Pow (stir fried chicken with hot basil)


  • Author: Bethany Darwin - Adventures in Partaking
  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Thai

Description

This Pad Ka Pow is a quick and easy family friendly dinner packed with Asian flavor, yet made totally AIP and Paleo without the use of any grains, sugar, soy or chilies. In just a matter of minutes, with a few simple ingredients, you can have a dinner that will make you feel like you’re on vacation. Serve it with cauliflower fried rice and some fresh fruit for a complete Thai meal.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground chicken
  • 6 cloves garlic – finely minced
  • 1 large white onion – halved then sliced
  • 1 cup of baby asparagus – cut into 1/2 inch pieces (or green beans if reintroduced)
  • handful of hot thai basil leaves – at least 20 leaves (regular basil leaves can be substituted)
  • 1.5 TBSP fish sauce
  • 1/2 TBSP coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 TBSP avocado oil

Instructions

  1. Prep all ingredients: finely mince the garlic, slice the onion, cut the asparagus, shred the basil leaves
  2. Make the sauce – in a small bowl mix together fish sauce, coconut aminos, coconut sugar, honey & and ginger
  3. Heat oil in a large wok or skillet over a medium to high heat
  4. Add garlic and stir til fragrant – 1 minute
  5. Add chicken and stir fry until cooked through
  6. Add onion and asparagus, followed by the sauce and stir fry until onions are cooked through. Reduce heat to medium to low.
  7. Sprinkle in the Thai hot basil leaves and stir to combine.
  8. Remve from heat and serve with cauliflower rice or in lettuce cups.

 

Other AIP Thai Recipes to Try:

 

 

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two photos of a serving of pad ka pow - thai stir fried chicken and basil - on a plate

 



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