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Fast & Easy Dinner: Thai Chicken with Basil

Fast & Easy Dinner: Thai Chicken with Basil

Take advantage of Summer's bounty of fresh basil with this fragrant recipe. If you have access to different types of basil, use both classic basil and lemony Thai basil. To make this quick meal chicken chunks are cooked with garlic, ginger, chili flakes, and Asian fish sauce. The basil is added at the last minute. This delicious dinner from our friends at is perfect for a weeknight. Learn how it's made and


Thai Chicken with Basil

Thai Chicken with Basil

Thai Chicken with Basil


  1. 1 pound boned, skinned chicken breast halves
  2. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  3. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  4. 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  5. 1/4 teaspoon hot chili flakes
  6. 2/3 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth
  7. 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce (nuoc mam or nam pla) or soy sauce
  8. 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  9. 3 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, rinsed
  10. Salt
  11. cooked rice, optional for serving


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  1. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick strips 2 to 3 inches long.
  2. Place a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat; when hot, add oil, garlic, ginger, chili flakes, and the chicken. Stir often until chicken is no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, mix broth, fish sauce, and cornstarch until smooth. Add to pan and stir until sauce is boiling, about 1 minute.
  4. Add basil leaves and stir just until barely wilted, about 30 seconds. Add salt to taste and pour into a serving bowl.

Serves 3-4.

Nutritional Information: CALORIES 202(25% from fat); FAT 5.7g (sat 0.9g); CHOLESTEROL 66mg; CARBOHYDRATE 6.5g; SODIUM 239mg; PROTEIN 30g; FIBER 3.2g

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Join The Conversation
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
I served this over Jasmine rice and upped the red pepper flakes to 1/2 teaspoon. I used water instead of chicken broth but the fish sauce taste seemed a bit overpowering (just a little). in the end it didn't matter because the dish was delicious! Even with the dry ground ginger I had (instead of fresh) and really really simple. I added some snow peas and shredded carrots, along with cooking everything in peanut oil.
haute77 haute77 9 years
i've made this before. it's a bit bland and dry. you have to use a cut with more fat perhaps thighs.
Shadowcat14 Shadowcat14 9 years
I just made it tonight and it was delicious! It got rave reviews all around the dinner table. I made sure there was even a little bit left over for my lunch tomorrow.
sydnei sydnei 9 years
this is my fav thai dish. it is so good.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
this is perfect ... I just got a huge basil plant
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Lots of basil in the garden, tonight it's lamb burgers tomorrow it's this chicken.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
I usually use a bit of flour when i'm out of corn starch. thanks partysugar for the suggestions!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
what about an alternative to corn starch?
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 9 years
I love this dish with brown rice or flat noodles. :drool:
partysugar partysugar 9 years
As an alternative to chicken broth you could use vegetable broth, water, or even white wine. And yes, hot chili flakes are red pepper flakes. Hope that helps!
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
What can I use as an alternative to the chicken broth? and are hot chili flakes just red pepper flakes?
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