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Gai Pad Prik Gaeng Recipe (วิธีทำ ไก่ผัดพริกแกง)

Updated: Jun 24, 2021

Gai pad prik gaeng (ไก่ผัดพริกแกง) is a commonly available Thai street food dish that includes chicken (or another meat of choice) stir fried up with Thai red curry paste. It's almost like a dry curry, all the coating of the curry paste coating the meat in amazing flavor. Give this recipe a try, it's truly a flavor exciting Thai dish.

Author: Mark Wiens (Authentic Thai recipes) Recipe type: Stir fry Cuisine: Thai Serves: 1 - 2


  • 300 grams , or about 1.5 chicken breasts

  • 3 strands of Chinese long beans (or about ⅓ cup of chopped string beans)

  • 3 - 5 kaffir lime leaves

  • 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste (recipe here), or alternatively packaged red curry paste, but it won't be as good.

  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon oil for frying


  1. The first thing you need to do is take your chicken and slice it into small bite sized pieces. I like to cut it quite fine so there’s more surface area for flavor, and so it cooks quicker.

  2. Cut the Chinese long beans (or green beans) into 1 inch pieces.

  3. Once your chicken and long beans are cut, go ahead and light your stove on low heat and add in 1 tablespoon of oil. You really need to use about 1 tablespoon of oil, if you use less, the curry paste will burn and stick to the pan.

  4. No need to wait until your oil is hot, just toss in about 3 tablespoons of red curry paste into the oil and start stir frying it in the oil. Let it sizzle for about 20 - 30 seconds on low heat, and it should really be fragrant (you might even cough from the frying chilies!).

  5. Next add your chicken, turn up the heat to high, and start stir frying constantly, fully mixing the chicken with the curry sauce.

  6. Quickly season with 1 teaspoon of fish sauce (give your curry paste a test to see how salty it already is, from the package it might be saltier than the homemade version), and ½ teaspoon sugar.

  7. Stir fry constantly, and at this point if it’s getting dry, add a couple tablespoons of water.

  8. Keep stir frying the chicken on high heat for about 2 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.

  9. When the chicken is fully cooked, add the sliced long beans, and then break in about 3 - 5 kaffir limes leaves.

  10. Stir fry for just 30 seconds and then turn off the heat. You want the long beans to still be nice and crisp.

  11. Dish your gai pad prik gaeng (ไก่ผัดพริกแกง) out onto a plate and serve with freshly steamed rice.

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