20-Minute Thai Ginger Chicken Recipe (Gai Pad King)

Enjoy a celebration of delightful, vibrant flavors with this easy-to-make meal!

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Thai ginger chicken in a white dish with red chilies, green onions, and cloud ear mushrooms. There are also decorative flowers.

Thai chicken ginger recipe, also known as gai pad king, is a flavor-packed stir-fry of Thai cuisine. This easy dish brings all the authentic flavors you’d find in your favorite Thai restaurant or takeout right into your home. It’s a one-pot meal loaded with healthy ingredients and tender chicken coated in a delicious sauce.

Thai woman sitting down while cooking a stir-fry in a large wok over charcoal. In the background are flourishing rice fields and banana trees.

What is Thai ginger chicken stir-fry

This Thai meal is a breeze to make – it’s a lifesaver for busy weeknights when good food is a must! Just one pan and a few simple ingredients is all that’s needed to make this quick and easy dinner.

We begin with a fragrant base of garlic and chilies, a start for many Thai stir-fries. Thinly sliced chicken ensures it gets cooked quick and even while still being tender, because no one likes chewy chicken.

Close-up of right side of a white dish with gai pad king and 2 red chili peppers.

The best thing of Thai ginger chicken is the delicious sauce, coating everything with a nice balance of Thai flavors, while the ginger infuses the entire dish with its spicy, peppery flavor.

The vegetables add extra nutrition and crisp textures. You can add your favorites or use the ones I did.

Ginger chicken stir-fry in a white dish with tree ear mushrooms, green onions, and purple flowers.

That’s all! This chicken stir-fry with chicken is as easy as it is good. Savory, sweet, and ginger spice tastes in one tasty dish.

Customize and adapt this recipe

  • The classic version of this Thai recipe calls for chicken, but you can swap it with other proteins. Use tofu, shrimp, beef, pork, a mix of seafood or a mix of everything. Adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure tender meat.
  • Adjust the spiciness to your heat tolerance. For a mild version, reduce the amount of chili peppers, use a mild type of chilies, or remove their seeds. For extra heat, toss in more fresh chili and use Thai chilies such as jinda or bird’s eye chilies. If you’re having this meal with kids, omit the chilies altogether.
Close-up of stir-fried Thai ginger chicken with chunks of garlic, skin-on chicken pieces, and vegetables.
  • Make this recipe gluten-free. Use a gluten-free soybean paste and gluten-free oyster sauce. The other ingredients are naturally gluten-free.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs for extra flavor and a burst of freshness. Coriander (cilantro), chopped green onions, toasted sesame seeds, the choice is yours.
  • Adjust the flavors to your liking. For extra sweetness, add extra sugar or a sweetener of your choice like palm sugar, honey, or brown sugar. If you like a tangy flavor, serve with a lime wedge.

About ginger and health benefits

One of the reasons this Thai chicken stir-fry with ginger is so healthy is because of the health benefits of the spice.

Ginger is anti-inflammatory, relieves digestive issues, boosts immune functions, has antioxidant benefits, and more. You can use as much or as little of it as you wish.

Bottom-left side of a white dish with chicken ginger stir-fry with green onions and mushrooms.

Thai chicken and ginger stir-fry is a dish that brings mixed feeling among food lovers due to the unique taste of ginger. Some love its spicy notes, while others find it overpowering.

For a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, try this chicken and cashew stir-fry.


For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

All recipe ingredients displayed on a banana leaf; white sugar, soybean paste, golden mountain sauce, and oyster sauce in plastic green cups, chicken and white pepper in clay cups, mushrooms, green onions, ginger, garlic, and red chilies in a bamboo cup.
  • Chicken – I used skin-on, but you can use thighs or other parts as well. Additionally, you can use pork, beef, seafood, or even tofu.
  • Ginger – Slice into thin strips. If you’re a ginger lover, use as much as you like.
  • Cloud ear mushrooms – In Thailand, this ginger dish is made with this type of chewy mushrooms, which are also known as wood ear mushrooms.
  • Chilies – Fresh chili peppers provide heat. I used Thai jinda chilies. Use as many or as few as you like.
  • Green onions – Provides a fresh taste and a mild onion flavor.
  • Oyster sauce – A key ingredient of Thai cuisine, adds a salty flavor and umami richness.
  • Golden mountain sauce – This Thai seasoning sauce enhances the overall taste of this chicken ginger stir-fry.
  • White sugar – Balances the flavors and adds sweetness. For healthier alternatives, you can try palm sugar or brown sugar.
  • Soybean paste – Also known as soybean sauce, made from fermented soybeans.
  • White pepper
  • Garlic

Step-by-step instructions

This gai pad king recipe comes together quickly. Use a wok or non-stick pan and stir-fry over high heat.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Close-up of golden fried garlic and red chilies in a wok.

Heat a pan over high heat, add oil, and stir-fry garlic and chilies until fragrant or 20 seconds.

Top-down view of cooked through chicken slices, garlic, and red chilies in a wok.

Add chicken slices and stir-fry until cooked through.

Stir-fried chicken coated with sauce in a wok with a spatula.

Add all sauces and seasonings (white sugar, soybean paste, golden mountain, oyster sauce, white pepper) and thoroughly coat each piece of chicken with the sauce.

Close-up of stir-fried ginger chicken with green onions and mushroom in a wok with a spatula.

Toss and mix the remaining ingredients (ginger, mushrooms, and green onions) into the pan. Serve immediately.

How to serve

Serve immediately with a portion of steamed jasmine rice, brown rice, or rice noodles.

Garnish with fresh herbs like cilantro or sliced green onions for extra color and flavor.

Or serve as a side-dish as part of a larger meal with other Thai food. My recommendations:

How to store

Let your meal cool down to room temperature and transfer it to an airtight container. This Thai ginger chicken recipe can be stored for up to 3–4 days.

To freeze: Store for a maximum of 3 months in a freezer-safe container or bag. Defrost in the fridge overnight before reheating.

To reheat: Stir-fry over medium heat, if needed, add a splash of water or oil. Alternatively, you can use the microwave.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)

What is ginger chicken made of?

Authentic Thai ginger chicken is easy to make. A base of fragrant garlic and chilies is stir-fried with sliced chicken. The chicken is then coated with traditional Thai seasonings and sauces such as oyster sauce, golden mountain, and sugar. Then, green onions and cloud ear mushrooms are added into the stir-fry. These type of mushrooms are traditionally used in Thailand when making ginger chicken.

What does ginger chicken taste like?

Ginger chicken has a distinctive taste that is characteristic to Asian cuisines. Ginger is the star of the dish, bringing a slightly spicy and aromatic taste. Chicken provides a meaty and savory taste. A combination of Asian ingredients create a delicious umami-rich sauce that’s both sweet and salty. Additionally, garlic and vegetables add their unique flavors.

How to reduce ginger taste in ginger chicken?

To reduce the taste of ginger, you can simply use less ginger in this recipe. Alternatively, you can grate it so all the flavor is not concentrated in one bite. You can also choose to not eat the ginger in your plate.

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20-Minute Thai Ginger Chicken Recipe (Gai Pad King)

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 20 mins
Servings: 1 Calories: 747


Thai ginger chicken recipe comes together quickly, under 20 minutes in just one pan.



  1. Heat a pan over high heat, add oil, and stir-fry garlic and chilies until fragrant or 20 seconds.

  2. Add chicken slices and stir-fry until cooked through.

  3. Add all sauces and seasonings (white sugar, soybean paste, golden mountain, oyster sauce, white pepper) and thoroughly coat each piece of chicken with the sauce.

  4. Toss and mix the remaining ingredients (ginger, mushrooms, and green onions) into the pan. Serve immediately.


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Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 747kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36.4g56%
Saturated Fat 6.2g31%
Total Carbohydrate 42.9g15%
Dietary Fiber 8.1g33%
Sugars 3g
Protein 63.6g128%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Serve with rice or noodles.
  • Customize with your favorite protein / vegetables.
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I owned my own Thai restaurant and have years of experience in various other Thai restaurants. I've been whipping up classic Thai dishes by my mother's and grandma's side since I was just a little girl. Now I'm sharing my deep-rooted passion with my authentic Thai recipes on this food blog.

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