I love Thai food. They are generally simple, easy to cook; and most importantly, they’re yummy. In fact, I think it’s one of the tastiest foods out there. One dish that I’ve had so many times in Thailand is its kai kratiam dish. It’s garlic chicken fried in fish and oyster sauce. It’s a simple dish that I tried replicating at home (and succeeded based on my standards!)
This is Cooking Like A Pro‘s version of the Thai style garlic chicken recipe.
Thai style garlic chicken
- 400 g Chicken breast cut in strips
- 5-7 cloves Garlic chopped and minced
- ½ tbsp Fish sauce
- 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
- ½ tbsp Raw sugar
- Basil optional, but preferred
- ½ tsp Freshly crushed pepper
- 1-2 pcs Bird's eye chili chopped (optional)
- 1 tbsp Cooking oil
- Pour oil in a heated pan.
- Put in the garlic. Saute’ well.
- When the garlic turns golden and sticky, add in the chicken.
- Cook under medium to high heat.
- Season with fish sauce.
Saute the chicken well. It’s more like frying it well, really. What you want is for the chicken to release its fats. The chicken will turn a bit brown; and that is fine. Continue stirring on medium to high heat until the chicken is fried well enough.
- Put in the oyster sauce. Stir well.
- Add the sugar. Continue stirring.
After a while, the dish should be looking like this.
- Add the basil, if using.
- At this point, you can adjust the sweetness and/or saltiness according to your preference.
- Turn off the heat; and do not cover.
- Serve with fried egg and a side of vegetable.
There! While it is not the traditional kai kratiam dish similar to the ones sold in the streets of Bangkok, this comes close. I am happy settling with this without the fresh basil and the (very spicy) bird’s eye chili. This dish reminds me of the pork tapa (marinated pork in soy sauce and vinegar) that we have in the Philippines; perhaps because they are both fried dishes. The prepping of the chicken garlic recipe however, is far simpler. If you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch or dinner, try this one out.
Tips and Tricks
Start by pounding chicken breasts on a flat surface. Then, add a pinch of salt and pepper. Pounding breaks down the muscle fibers, making the chicken moister and more tender. If you’d like to add a little more flavor, you can use a poultry seasoning such as Trader Joe’s 21 Salute. Oregano, thyme, and rosemary are common ingredients in poultry seasoning. They can also be used in this recipe if you prefer. You can also make your own blend of herbs and spices, like apricot, peach, oregano, and juniper berries.
For the sauce, use unsalted butter and chicken stock. You can also use leftover chicken to give it a delicious taste. To make the garlic flavor even more potent, chop 2 cloves of garlic and mix them with the other ingredients. Then add parsley and some salt if you want to add more flavor. It’s that simple! Then, drizzle the mixture over the chicken breast. Serve the Garlic Honey Garlic Chicken with steamed or roasted vegetables, or even a green salad for a lighter meal.
A creamy garlic sauce is a finger-licking dish. You’ll have a plateful of chicken in no time at all. Be sure to choose chicken that is not overcooked; the meat will be tough to chew. For a tasty chicken meal, choose boneless, skinless breasts, red chilli sauce, spring onions, and garlic. It will be ready in about half an hour, and it will be like a restaurant meal. The best part is that it’s easy to make and only requires one skillet.
You can serve Garlic Chicken with any type of side dish. You can serve it with mashed potatoes for a hearty meal, or you can opt for a salad. You can also serve it with rice or steamed vegetables. Crunchy bread is the perfect topping for a delicious chicken with a garlic sauce. This dish is perfect for busy weeknights! And it’s easy to prepare. You can make it as simple or complex as you want. Just remember to follow the directions carefully.
The main ingredient in this recipe is garlic. You can use any kind of white wine, as long as it’s dry. If you don’t like the taste of garlic, you can substitute chicken broth. The flavor is just as good! Just be sure to add some more seasoning to the sauce so it doesn’t overwhelm the chicken. You can add a pinch of sour cream and/or lemon juice. But don’t forget the garlic.
The garlic sauce is made by adding white wine and a teaspoon of salt. You can use any white wine that tastes good. Avoid cooking wine, as it tastes awful. If you don’t like the flavor of white wines, you can substitute them with chicken broth instead. If you don’t like the flavorings of garlic, you can use different flavorings to spruce up the chicken and make it taste great!
For the sauce, you can add two cloves of garlic. Then, pour in the remaining sauce and mix thoroughly. It should be thick and creamy. The sauce can be drizzled on the chicken, or be absorbed into the rice. If you want a lighter version, you can serve it with a salad or cauliflower rice. A classic garlic chicken recipe also features a garlic herb combo, which is a must-have in any kitchen.