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Thai Garlic Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry (Pad Kratiem Prik Thai)

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Thai garlic pepper chicken stir-fry, or gai pad kratiem prik Thai, is perfect for your busy weeknights. This one-pan recipe brings together simple ingredients from your kitchen pantry to create a quick and easy meal any day. Serve with rice to soak up all that garlicky, savory stir-fry sauce!

Thai garlic chicken, or pad kratiem prik thai, garnished with crispy garlic and cilantro, served in a patterned dish with jasmine rice.

Prefer pork? No problem! Try my equally delicious garlic pepper pork – moo gratiem.

What is pad kratiem prik Thai

Pad kratiem prik Thai is a classic stir-fry in Thai cuisine, made with garlic (kratiem) and pepper (prik Thai). This dish is typically made with chicken or pork, blending fragrant garlic bits and sharp pepper in a balanced stir-fry sauce.

Thai garlic pepper chicken recipe

This Thai garlic chicken recipe is one of my most popular recipes and for all the right reasons.

Close-up of Thai garlic pepper chicken stir-fry, highlighting the golden brown garlic bits and garnishing of green onions atop steamed jasmine rice.

It’s a total crowd-favorite, found on the menus of most Thai restaurants. Salty, sweet, and a subtle heat – it’s all there, wrapped up in one tasty Thai pepper chicken stir-fry.

You’ll love how quick and simple this dish is. It’s also incredibly easy to customize to your taste!

And the sauce? It’s that kind of sauce you’ll want to savor till the last drop.

Gai pad kratiem prik Thai served with steamed rice served on a blue and white porcelain plate garnished with crispy garlic and fresh green onions.

Did I mention how EASY this recipe is?? One pan, a few simple ingredients, and you’ve got a meal that’s perfect for the family.

How to customize Thai garlic chicken

Customizing your gai kratiem prik Thai or pad gratiem prik Thai is easy and makes this recipe even more fun.

  • Extra garlic or pepper: If you’re here for the garlic pepper combo (of course you are) go ahead and add more!
  • Choose your protein: Chicken is safe, but why not mix it up. Pork, thin slices of beef, shrimp, or even tofu? Absolutely, just throw it in! Just remember to adjust the cooking time.
  • Add vegetables: Feel free to toss in your favorite stir-fry vegetables. Broccoli, bell peppers, mushrooms, cabbage, morning glory, you name it.
  • Go vegetarian: Swap the chicken for tofu, and oyster sauce for mushroom sauce or any vegetarian oyster sauce.

Chicken in Thai cuisine

When it comes to Thai cooking, chicken is often used to prepare Thai massaman chicken curry or pad krapow chicken (Thai basil chicken). It’s an easy protein and particularly popular in Western interpretations of Thai food.

I’ll be honest – chicken isn’t at the top of my list. Many Thai people prefer pork (more fat = more flavor), which is why I prefer garlic pepper pork.

Thai garlic pepper chicken stir-fry, gai pad kratiem prik Thai, presented with jasmine rice and a side of spicy sauce.

I do have a special place in my heart for some truly authentic Thai chicken dishes, like these marinated Thai chicken wings, grilled to perfection over charcoal.

Whether you’re team chicken or lean more towards pork, this recipe is super versatile and always delicious!

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.


Ingredients for Thai garlic chicken recipe: sliced chicken, white sugar, garlic, oyster sauce, white pepper, and dark soy sauce.
  • Chicken – Choose boneless cuts – either chicken breasts or thighs work great. You can opt for skinless or keep the skin on for extra flavor.
  • Dark soy sauce – This soy sauce adds a rich, slightly sweet flavor and gives the chicken a deep, darker color. All sauces can be sourced at Asian grocery stores.
  • Oyster sauce – A staple in Thai cooking, oyster sauce brings a blend of savory and salty notes.
  • White pepper – Both white and black pepper are great choices. For a more peppery heat, use crushed black peppercorns, or opt for white pepper if you want to highlight the garlic flavor.
  • White sugar – Crucial for balancing out the salty flavors with a subtle sweetness.
  • Garlic – The key ingredient – don’t hold back on the garlic, the more, the better. In fact, serving it with a side of raw garlic is encouraged!
  • Oil – Use a neutral flavored oil with high smoke point, like canola oil or vegetable oil.

Step-by-step instructions

Golden fried garlic sizzling in oil.

1. Heat oil in your wok over medium, add crushed garlic and cook until golden and fragrant.

Garlic chicken in sauce cooking in a wok.

2. Add your thinly sliced chicken pieces and stir-fry until they’re cooked.

Chicken pieces cooking in Thai seasonings.

3. Add your sauces and seasonings: white pepper, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, and white sugar. Thoroughly mix and cook until the sugar is fully dissolved. Serve immediately with rice and garnish with fried garlic and fresh green onions.

Kitchen tools

  • Cutting board and chef’s knife
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Large wok pan with spatula

How to serve

Serve as a main course alongside a portion of steamed jasmine rice. You can present the Thai garlic pepper chicken either in a separate dish or atop the rice. It also pairs great with other Thai dishes as a side. Sprinkle crispy fried garlic before serving.

Optionally, complete it with a side of Thai vegetables stir-fry. Accompany pad kratiem prik Thai with a side of Thai hot sauce or Thai sweet chili sauce. If you’re here for the spice, a sprinkle of Thai chili flakes or a dash of sliced chilies during cooking will turn up the heat.

How to store and reheat

Store your leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Reheating instructions: Reheat the garlic chicken by stir-frying in a wok or skillet until hot.

What to do with leftover garlic chicken

Turn your leftovers into a brand-new dish by using them to whip up a garlic-infused fried rice with leftover rice, or tuck them into lettuce wraps for a quick and light meal. For a refreshing dish, toss them into a salad, like this spicy Thai chicken salad.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use a different protein?

Yes! Simply swap the chicken with any protein of your choice and adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Can I make this ahead of time?

For the best taste, it’s best to enjoy this meal straight from the stove top. Making it in advance and reheating could dry out the chicken. You can absolutely slice the chicken and prep your other ingredients ahead of time and cook them when ready.

Is gai pad kratiem prik Thai spicy?

No, this is not a spicy meal. You can turn up the heat by incorporating fresh chilies or chili flakes.

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Thai Garlic Pepper Chicken Stir-Fry (Pad Kratiem Prik Thai)

Thai garlic pepper chicken stir-fry, gai pad kratiem prik Thai, presented with jasmine rice and a side of spicy sauce.
Whip up a delicious Thai garlic pepper chicken stir-fry in just 15 minutes with this simple recipe.
Praew
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Main Course
Serving Size 3 people

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 ounce garlic crushed
  • 18 ounces chicken sliced thinly, see notes
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper see notes
  • 1/2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce

Instructions

  • Heat oil in your wok over medium, add crushed garlic and cook until golden and fragrant.
  • Add your thinly sliced chicken pieces and stir-fry until they're cooked.
  • Add your sauces and seasonings: white pepper, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, and white sugar. Thoroughly mix and cook until the sugar is fully dissolved. Serve immediately with rice and garnish with fried garlic and fresh green onions.

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Chicken: Choose boneless cuts - either chicken breasts or thighs work great. You can opt for skinless or keep the skin on for extra flavor.
  • Pepper: Both white and black pepper are great choices. For a more peppery heat, use crushed black peppercorns, or opt for white pepper if you want to highlight the garlic flavor.

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