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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  1. Ramona....your dishes are always so gorgeous and vibrant in color! I can only imagine how wonderful they taste! I don't think I could duplicate a restaurant I'm glad that you were able to do it for us! This looks really delicious! Though I'm dragging a bit with the time change....I'm really looking forward to more light at the end of the day! Happy Sunday!!! : )

  2. Beautiful dish Ramona...oh my gosh your pictures are amazing! You seem to approach all of your recipes so calmly. You've said before that you are sometimes unsure of how they'll turn out. Please let that be the furthest thing from your mind. Curry and Comfort has the magic touch!

  3. What a stunning dish - looks wonderful and u bet tastes even better :)
    Though I am veg, this can at least be made for my brother :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Gorgeous, Ramona!!! I've made a similar dish, but must try yours now..yum, yum!

  5. Beautiful! This is one of my favorite Thai dishes, as well, so I would love to try and recreate it at home. Very well done! :) Nummy.

  6. This dish looks beautiful and delicious! Thai Basil Chicken is one of my favorites too. I just need some fish sauce.

  7. Your dish Ramona look and sound so yummy! Very delicious flavors and pretty colors! Great post sweetie!

  8. This dish looks beautiful! I also order Thai Basil Chicken when I go to Thai. How funny is that!?! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  9. What an absolutely beautiful dish! I make an American version of Thai Basi Chicken and it doesn't look near as good as this. Can't wait until I have my Thai Basil growing this summer so I can make this. YUM!

  10. its tempting me to eat my dinner now, im getting hungry while looking at it.
    really looks delicious. thumbs up with ya and added to my list.

  11. Oh yes please!! I love thai basil dishes. They are so amazing! Yours looks wonderful Ramona!

  12. I love Thai basil chicken and I love how colorful this is. It's a dish I order often and feel good about eating!

  13. Such a delicious and flavourful dish! I have never tried my hands of Chinese or Thai dishes. Seeing your Thai Chicken preparation I am so tempted to give it shot :)

  14. Beautiful. I can taste your pics! Thanks for sharing this recipe. It will be fun to try it here at my house. We love Thai.


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