Thai Basil Chicken

30 Aug

Thai Basil chickenAnother compilation of internet recipes.  I planted Thai basil because I love the stuff, but I hardly ever use it!  Chicken tonight, plus I’ve found several more recipes that look good.  I went a little heavy on the lime, but I reduced the amount for the recipe.  I also only used the chiles in the marinade, because they’re smokin’ hot – it was the perfect amount of heat for a kid-friendly dish, but if you like spice, throw a few in with the green beans.   I served this over rice stick noodles, but rice would be great too.

Thai basilThai Basil Chicken Stir-fry

Slice 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into thin strips.  Toss with:

  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 T vegetable oilchiles
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 T minced ginger
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 Thai peppers, sliced

Whisk together:Food 008

  • 1/2 c chicken stock
  • 3 tsp fish sauce
  • 3 tsp soy sauce
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tsp cornstarchbeans and peanuts

Chop 1/3 c peanuts, and prepare 2 c green beans.  Pull leaves from Thai basil stems to make 1/2 c.  Heat a large wok on high.  Add about 1 tsp sesame oil.  Add green beans, and stir-fry until beans start to brown, about 45 sec.  Add 2 T water, turn heat to medium, and cook until water is evaporated.  Add peanuts, turn heat to high, and cook another minute.  Remove beans and set aside. 

Add another tsp sesame oil.  Add half of chickenFood 014, draining marinade.  Cook , stirring frequently, until just cooked through.    Remove, and cook remaining chicken.  While chicken cooks, chop basil.  Add chicken stock mixture, chicken, basil, and beans, and heat until sauce thickens. 

Serve over rice or noodles.


2 Responses to “Thai Basil Chicken”

  1. Michael Beyer September 27, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    Sounds delicious! I make a good crazy chicken rice noodle dish with Thai basil.
    I’m looking for more recipes that use that herb.

    • Kate September 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

      Looks great! And everything is likely to be in the pantry (except the basil). I’ve not had much luck with growing it in pots indoors, but I’m going to keep trying.

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