Thai Ginger Chicken (Gai Pad King)


My family loved ordering this dish at our local Thai restaurant, but then they closed down for some unknown reason (they were always busy). So I decided to recreate this traditional dish at home. My husband says it's just like the restaurant...maybe even better? Please note that some people like to eat the ginger, while others don't but like the flavor it gives off. You can easily double this recipe to serve a larger it makes great leftovers.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 1 ½ cups uncooked jasmine rice

  • 3 ½ cups water

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into thin strips

  • 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ½ cup fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks

  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into strips

  • ¾ cup sliced fresh mushrooms

  • 4 green onions cut into 2-inch pieces

  • ½ teaspoon Thai red chile paste, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Bring the rice and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the garlic and chicken; cook for 2 minutes. Add the fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, ginger, red pepper, mushrooms, and onions. Cook and stir until the chicken is no longer pink and the vegetables are nearly tender, about 3 minutes. Dissolve the chile paste in the chicken broth, then add to the chicken mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper; sprinkle with cilantro leaves to garnish. Serve with the hot rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

491 Calories
10g Fat
68g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 491
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 376mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 57mg 286%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 456mg 10%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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