Sunday, March 11, 2012

Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry


Whenever I go to a Thai Restaurant my favorite dish to order is Thai Basil Chicken.  I always assumed this dish was so complex in it's flavors that I would never be able to make it at home. Well, the days of going out to get this dish are finished. I discovered the secret and it's so incredibly easy that I can make this dish anytime I have the craving for something absolutely Thai delicious!    This dish is what a call a "win, win, win".  I win because I get the flavors I love in my favorite dish.  My wallet wins because I can make it at home and save money.  My waistline wins because I know what I put into it and control the fat.  So don't waste your gas if you're craving Thai or put down that take out menu... try this dish and you'll never look back. :)


1-2lbs boneless/skinless chicken breast cut into thin strips
4-5 garlic cloves finely minced
1 bell pepper or several sweet peppers thinly sliced
2 large handfuls of Thai Basil (this is a must for the dish to get it's authentic flavor)
1 bunch of spring onions chopped
4-5 Thai bird chilies for extra heat or jalapenos)
red chili flakes and black pepper to taste

Note:  marinate for 15 minutes in some salt and 1Tbs of cornstarch
Tip: to help slice thin strips of chicken cut the chicken while partially frozen with a sharp knife.

The sauce
Mix together
1/4 cup fish sauce
1Tbs of Soy Sauce
2Tbs of brown sugar. 
1/4 cup of water

Note:  Fish sauce is very authentic to Thai cooking so it is something you want in your pantry for a lot of your Asian recipes.


Marinate slice chicken on the counter for 15 minutes. Then heat 2Tbs of canola oil on high heat.  Once the oil is fully heated add the sliced chicken and stir fry for 1 minute.  Next add the grated garlic and saute' for a few 1-2 minutes.

If you like it spicy, add some chili flakes and black pepper next and stir fry for another minute.  Add the chopped green onions and peppers next and stir fry for another minute.

Finally add the sauce and the Thai Basil leaves. Stir fry for another few minutes and allow sauce to boil for a few seconds.  Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.  There should be a balance of salt, sweet and spicy with a nice basil flavor.  Turn stove off and serve over rice. Enjoy.

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