Fragrant and savory this Thai Basil Chicken recipe is simple, fast and flavorful! Perfect for weeknight dinners or an easy delicious lunch ready to serve in under 30 minutes.
Re-examine all that you have been told… dismiss that which insults your soul.~ Walt Whitman
Thai Basil Chicken is a simple stir fry that couldn’t be easier! This is the kind of food I am craving lately, tasty and satisfying but doesn’t take much effort. As the days get longer, I just want to be spending more time outside.
Ground chicken makes this recipe fast and so easy! You could certainly chop up whole chicken thighs or breasts if you prefer.
Traditionally this is made with Holy Basil which is also know as tulsi basil and is available fresh, at some Asian Markets. Thai basil is easier to come by and works great in this recipe. And yes, you can use regular basil! When using regular basil, I like to add just a pinch of ground anise to the stir fry.
Ingredients in Thai Basil Chicken
- shallots and garlic
- chilies: fresno or Thai (spicier!)
- ground chicken (or sub ground turkey or Tofu)
- salt and black pepper
- coconut sugar or honey, or sugar
- soy sauce or GF Liquid Aminos
- fish sauce
- red bell pepper
- Thai basil leaves -or Holy Basil (Tulsi) if you can find it, regular basil will work too
Can this be made Vegan?
We haven’t tried it, but scrambled tofu or Crispy Tofu would probably be pretty tasty in place of the ground chicken!
How to make Thai Basil Chicken
STEP ONE: If serving with rice, start that now. Chop all your veggies.
STEP TWO: Heat up a pan or wok to med-high heat. Add oil and shallots, and stir for 2 minutes.
Add garlic and hot peppers and stir for 2 minutes more until shallots are lightly brown on the edges. Scoop out into a bowl and set aside.
STEP THREE: Without cleaning out the pan, add oil, turn the heat to high, and add ground chicken, black pepper, and salt. Stir fry a couple of minutes until the chicken is cooked and starting to brown.
STEP FOUR: Add the red bell pepper and the shallot mixture. Cook about a minute, just enough to warm everything and just barely soften the red bell pepper slices.
Mix in the basil leaves and turn the heat off.
Serve over jasmine rice. Season with more soy sauce if desired.
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Hope you enjoy and let us know what you think!Print