Thai basil chicken is the easiest and most delicious way of eating chicken. Fragrant from basil and hot from red dragon chillies, this chicken dish is ready in a jiffy! Perfect for weeknights which demand fast & fabulous food. Pair with Thai sticky rice for utter and total gastronomic bliss.
“Once in a while in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale”.
How true is that!! I bet anyone who has been in love will be nodding along with me. Love has that power over us, to make even the most hardhearted, pragmatic person feel like Cinderella finally getting her much deserved happy ending with Prince Charming. But why am I talking about romance and fairy tales when I should just get down to it and talk about this chicken you ask??
Well for one, I love to talk!
Second: I love to build the anticipation..
But more importantly I love sharing my random musings with you. That’s what blogging is about for me, did you know that?? That, and getting to know you wonderful people.
Me & P had a very fairy tale like romance complete with evil step moms et all 😛 Thankfully now everyone is just happy to let us be and joins us in our happiness, big or small. But the fact is come Christmas I start feeling a little extra grateful and merry, and that’s when I remember all those horrible days and thank God for where I am now. And that to me, is nothing short of a fairy tale.
Can you believe its already Christmas!! Dear God.. where is the time flying?? In a matter of days it will be BabyD’s 4th birthday.. cant freaking believe she is turning 4 already! Feels like yesterday I held her for the first time and looked at her sweet little face with wonder and awe. This motherhood thing took me quite by surprise..it pushed aside everything I thought I knew about me and left in its place a woman I never thought I could be. No..I wasn’t a monster earlier but I was very career oriented. However, now…well now..I am like most moms, putting D over and above everything else. Quite the Christmas-y feeling, isn’t it? To feel and give to others more than you do to yourselves? In the spirit of that giving, I will be putting up a Christmas shopping list soon..Definitely Look for it!! I LOVE shopping for the folks I love and can’t wait to share it with you lovely people.
However, now I must come to the matter at hand, this rather delicious matter of Thai basil chicken. Oh God.. what do I say except that it’s probably the yummiest chicken! It’s so so quick and easy, extremely flavorful and the aroma of Thai basil just lingers in the air long after the cooking is done. Its spicy and hot, so make sure you make that sticky ( or normal steamed) rice and have a glass of this cold Italian shooter in hand. We love it with a side of Thai cucumber salad too or my watermelon mint salad pairs beautifully with this hot dish.
Thai food is really so easy and delicious.No wonder its a fave with most of us. Have your tried this Thai basil chicken fried rice yet?? Use this Basil chicken and make it into a fried rice for the perfect lunch box meal too. And how can you NOT make Thai chicken curry!!
Taking all of 20 mins and hardly any prep this has become my goto mid-week chicken dish ever since I had the real thing in Thailand. Well this, and my Drunken Chicken Marsala. THAT was brilliant too. (has to be when its a Pinch of Yum recipe)
Bonus: Everyone at home LOVES it. P always takes seconds and babyD has a lot of fun playing chefling with me and adding the basil to the chicken. It’s completely kid friendly if you leave out the chillies, which is what I always do. Take a small wok and keep some aside for your kids( if you have those fussy little adults at home), simply omit the chillies and your baby will be just as happy with her dinner as the dude is. Promise.
- Don’t wait to go to Thailand for the taste of their wonderful cuisine.
- Definitely don’t order take out. Well, not all the time at least 😛
- Learn to make something this year..and nothing could be easier, simpler and more awesome than this Thai basil chicken.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into ½ inch pieces
- 3 fresh Thai red chiles, seeds and ribs removed, cut into thin slices
- ½ red bell pepper , thinly sliced
- 1 large onion, cut into thin slices
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ inch galangal, minced
- 1½ cups lightly packed basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce (nam pla or nuoc mam)
- Sriracha - 1 tbsp
- 1½ tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1½ teaspoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- Garnish: ( totally optional, except for the basil leaves)
- Basil leaves ( half cup, reserved from above)
- Carrot ,cut into matchsticks , handful
- Salted roasted peanuts, handful
- Thai yellow chillie, deseeded and sliced thin
- Sesame seeds , 2 tsp for sprinkling on top.
- Start by cleaning and chopping up the chicken into ½ inch pieces.
- Combine the chicken with the fish sauce, sriracha, soy sauce, water, sugar and salt.
- In a large nonstick frying pan or a wok, heat the oil over moderately high heat.
- Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the chiles,galangal and garlic; cook, stirring, 30 seconds longer.
- Add the red bell pepper and saute for 1 min.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon and add it to the hot pan.
- Cook until almost done, stirring, about 3 minutes. Add the marinade and cook 2 mins longer.
- Add some water if too dry.
- Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup of the basil.
- Serve topped with the remaining ½ cup basil and top with the remaining garnishes just before serving.
Do not over cook the chicken. Its breast and cut into tiny pieces so it cooks really quickly. If you over cook the chicken will become dry.
You can leave out the sriracha if desired.
The toppings as mentioned are also optional, but they definitely add zing to the dish.
You can also serve it with alfalfa sprouts.