Chicken stir-fried with holy basil is a favorite Thai dish for many Westerners. Simple to prepare, it is a quick one-dish meal. The addition of fresh chilies makes the dish spicy, but you may adjust the recipe to taste by adding fewer chilies. This is a recipe of cooking instructor and cookbook author Kasma Loha-unchit.
====== NOTES: If you are not able to find fresh holy basil, this recipe can be substituted with any fresh basil... or a mixture of fresh Thai sweet basil and fresh mint leaves.
Good results have been reported using ground turkey. In Thailand, this dish is often made with chopped pork, especially in fast-food, curry-rice shops, where an enormous variety of dishes are prepared ahead of time and served over steaming white rice to order. Some of the best pad gka-prow can be had at these inconspicuous, no-frills, open-air places. They are made particularly spicy to help preserve the meat, as the dishes are prepared early in the morning and served throughout the day until they are sold out.
Try the above recipe also with fresh seafood (in this case, no need to chop) - shrimps, scallops, mussels, clams, crab and firm-flesh fish, such as fresh halibut and salmon.