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Spaghetti kaprao-Thai basil chicken
Spaghetti kaprao

Kaprao chicken is one of my favourite Thai recipes. My kids like spaghetti. So, I thought of combining these two recipes to satisfy our taste buds.

Kaprao is the name for basil leaves. Two main categories of basil leaves are sweet basil and holy basil leaves. We can identify the difference by the appearance and taste. The holy basil is pointed, small and flat. The stems are purple in colour, aromatic, sturdy and have a peppery bite of cloves. In contrast, sweet basils are sweet and soft.

I am using chicken in this recipe. Any kind of meat can be used in this recipe.


  • Oil-3 tbsp
  • Chopped Thai bird chilli-2
  • Sliced shallots-3
  • Sliced Garlic-5
  • Minced chicken-400 gm
  • Sugar-2 tsp
  • Soy sauce-2 tbsp
  • Fish sauce-1 tbsp
  • Chicken broth or water-1/3 cup
  • Thai basil leaves-1 bunch
  • Spaghetti-250 gm


  • In a hot pan, add enough water to boil. Once it reaches the boiling point, add oil, spaghetti and enough salt to cook.
  • When it is cooked, strain the hot water from spaghetti.
  • Rinse the spaghetti in water and strain one more time. Add some oil and keep aside.
  • Heat a wok. Add chillies, shallots, garlic and fry.
  • Add the chicken and fry for some more time. Try to break the chicken in order to not get the clumpy ones.
  • Add sugar, soy sauce and fish sauce. Cook for 1 more minute.
  • Now add the chicken broth or water to make the dish moist as we are cooking the chicken in high heat.
  • Now add the basil leaves and cook for 2 more minutes. Serve hot with spaghetti.


  • I used a wok in this recipe. Wok is best to make Chinese recipes, fried rices, saucy recipes as it is easy to turn them over frequently. It is also perfect to cook food at high temperature.
  • This recipe calls for Thai red chilli. Thai bird’s eye chillies are spicier than normal chillies. So adjust the number of chillies according to your spice level.
  • We are not adding salt in this recipe. The sauces already contain enough salt. So add salt after checking the saltiness of the recipe.
  • I used Wholemeal pasta to make the dish nutrient.
  • I used light soy sauce in this recipe. If you prefer a dark colour, use dark soy sauce.
  • If you are not going to eat this recipe immediately, then keep the chicken and spaghetti separate. Mix before eating.

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