Thai Basil Chicken is a recipe your family will love. And you will love how quick and easy it is to get on the table.
Today’s recipe is one I have made several times, especially when the kids were home and we were in the throws of play season. That meant busy hungry kids and not a lot of time to make dinner. I love stir fry meals because they are such a quick and easy way to throw together a yummy, nutritious, filling dinner. This Thai Basil Chicken is all of those things and more.
When I found myself with a surplus of garden fresh tomatoes and a of bunch of basil to use up last week I remembered how good this was the first time I made it. The green of the basil along with the red tomatoes makes for a pretty presentation too. I always serve it over rice, sometimes white and sometimes brown. Just depends on how healthy I’m feeling!
Because we do a lot of stir fry there are certain Asian ingredients I always try to have on hand – soy sauce, hoisin sauce, fish sauce and oyster sauce. All of them can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores and are definitely worth keeping on hand.
This Thai Basil Chicken can come together in the time it takes to cook up a pot of rice. There is no marinading required. Just cook up the chicken and onions, add in the sauce, add the veggies and serve! So in about 20 minutes and one pan (other than the rice) you’ve got dinner!! Yeah for quick and easy dinner ideas.
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Thai Basil Chicken Recipe
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 3 garlic cloves finely minced
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes If you like spicy, add a bit more
- 1 onion cut in half and sliced into thin strips
- 2 chicken breasts skinless, boneless
- 1/4 cup oyster sauce
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1 bunch fresh basil about 1/2 cup, torn into pieces
- 2 large tomatoes chopped
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat
Add the garlic and red pepper flakes
Stir consistently for about 30-60 seconds, until fragrant (don’t let the garlic burn!)
Add the sliced onions
Cook until the onions are translucent, stirring every now and then, about five minutes
Add the chicken and cook for 3-5 minutes, until browned and cooked through
Mix together the oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and sugar and add into chicken
Stir until everything is well coated
Turn the heat down to medium low and sprinkle the tomatoes over the top of the mixture
Tear the basil by hand and sprinkle it over the tomatoes
While still on the stove over medium heat, let the tomatoes and basil sit, without stirring, for about 5 minutes to allow the basil to wilt slightly and the tomatoes to warm
Stir the mixture until everything is well combined and heated through
Serve immediately over rice
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Originally post February 1, 2011
Recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
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