Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Thai Basil Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

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 My summer vegetable garden is almost gone, but before I said good bye to it I used up the last of my peppers, tomatoes, zucchini and Thai basil in this spicy and delicious Thai Basil Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry.  

Thai basil is one of my all time favorite herbs.  I actually love it better than regular basil that is used in Italian cooking.  I love how the Asian flavors of fish sauce, soy sauce and garlic play off the Thai basil.  

This combination  of flavors works well with any type of meat (beef, chicken, pork). So, it's really a flexible dish to what you have in your fridge or freezer to cook.  You can even substitute seafood in this dish and it's superb!  

We ate this over plain white rice, but I could eat it over pasta or even quinoa for a more protein packed meal.   If you are planning on growing herbs this winter, or are lucky enough to live in a climate where you can grow herbs outside all year long..try Thai Basil.  You will love it.
 


Thai Basil Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry
Recipe by Ramona from Kitchen Simmer

Ingredients: 
1 1/2 pounds of boneless chicken (I used breast) cut into large bite-size pieces
3-5 cloves finely minced garlic
red chili flakes (to taste)
2 medium zucchini sliced into bite-size pieces
1 bell pepper (any color) or sweet peppers chopped
1 jalapeno cut into slices
1 medium onion chopped
1 cup cherry/grape tomatoes cut into half 
2 large handful of cleaned Thai Basil leaves
1 heaping Tbs cornstarch mixed with 2Tbs water (slurry)

Sauce:
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.  





Directions:
Heat 2-3 Tbs canola oil in large pan or wok on high heat.  Once heated add the chicken, garlic and red chili flakes and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. 

 

Next add the chopped vegetables and cook for several minutes with the chicken.  The juices from the tomatoes and zucchini will start to render into the pan.


Then add the Thai basil leaves and the prepared fish sauce mixture.  Reduce heat to medium and cook 10-15 minutes.  *This helps the flavors of the sauce absorb into the chicken and vegetables  

Then increase the heat back up to high and add the cornstarch/water slurry to thicken the sauce.  Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed with more fish sauce for salt.  Serve with rice.  Enjoy. 
 


 
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38 comments:

  1. This sounds like my kind of weeknight meal! I love all of the bright, healthy vegetables.

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    1. Thanks Julia! It's great for those busy weeknights for sure. :)

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  2. Dear Ramona, This looks delicious. I know my family would love this! xo, Catherine

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    1. It's yummy homemade Thai Take-out. :) Thanks for visiting Kitchen Simmer Catherine. :)

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  3. Love these flavors! This stir fry looks so good!

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  4. YUM! Ramona this is not only gorgeous to look at but sounds so aromatic and flavorful!

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    1. Thanks Shashi! Yes... I love making my own take out at home. :)

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  5. I don't think I've actually cooked with Thai basil...this dish makes me want to try it!

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    1. Yes, if you like regular basil, I think you will love Thai Basil! :)

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  6. I've never cooked with Thai basil before, but I love basil, and we do grow it so I think we will add it to the mix next year! And your recipe looks delicious! I absolutely love Thai food!

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    1. Thanks Michelle, you should definitely give growing Thai Basil a try. If you love Thai food you will definitely love Thai basil. :)

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  7. Beautiful dish, love using fresh veggies. Haven't tried Thai basil yet, now I know what to do with it! YUM! Thai food is always so scrumptious.

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    1. Thanks Allie!! Hope you get some Thai basil to try soon. :)

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  8. Yummy! This sounds so good, Ramona!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! You can definitely make this low carb by omitting the rice and eating it with quinoa or over salad. :)

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  9. Thai basil's amazing! Are you having a Thai week? I'm coming over! Love Thai food.

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    1. Ha! Ha! Yes, it looks like a Thai week for sure!! I love Thai food too. :)

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  10. This looks amazing! I have been hoping to try Thai basil for a while now :) thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Thai basil is pretty great... hope you get to try it soon. :)

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  11. That's a very interesting recipe!

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  12. I know its warm out and I should want comfort food, but this looks so refreshing and it completely fits within my healthy eating requirement! Im definitely going to make it soon!!

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    1. Thanks Michele... it's a pretty great dish to enjoy with all the veggies. :) Hope you like it. :)

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  13. Yum! What a great combination of colors and flavors! I'm always looking for easy and delicious meals so I don't have to order takeout when schedules are crazy. Definitely saving this recipe!

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    1. Thanks Amanda. :) I definitely make a lot of homemade "takeout". It's so much better for you when you can use your own ingredients. :)

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  14. This looks so bright, colorful and yummy too. Love it.

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  15. I love this recipe. Fresh, bright and delicious!

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  16. I'm always looking for a way to sneak veggies into each dish and this stir fry looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! Yes... I love getting a lot of veggies into a stir fry like this for my kids. :)

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  17. so beautiful colors, i love stir fry meals, easy to make on a weeknight or busy day! Healthy eating made easy

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    1. Thanks Khadija! It's definitely great for those busy nights when you need to cook fast. :)

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  18. Sounds scrumptious! I love how many veggies are packed into this dish!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! That's what I love about stir fries... you can use a load of veggies and it all tastes yummy. :)

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  19. I love thai food Ramona! and LOVE Thai Basil too!! I've already eaten, and I'm getting hungry again! :D Love how colourful and flavourful this stir fry is!

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    1. Thanks Dini! Ha! Ha! There is always room to enjoy or a little more Thai food (even if you have already eaten). :)

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