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Thai Basil Chicken

I remember the very first time I was introduced to Thai food, and this Thai Basil Chicken in particular. I was about 13 and on our family vacation in Bangkok. I have fond memories of those five days; most of which revolve around the culture and shopping in Thailand and none, unfortunately of its cuisine. You see, my Dad is not in the least adventurous when it comes to his food. The man wants his Dal-Roti-Sabzi no matter where he is, and will stop at nothing to find it! So needless to say, while in Thailand we religiously avoided all the street food and ate a lot of meals of our meals at Mrs. Balbir’s. The food there, from what I remember was absolutely delicious. Authentic north Indian cuisine in the heart of Bangkok.

Recipe for Thai Basil Chicken taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

It was on one such visit that my Mom decided she wanted to try something representative of the country we were visiting and opted for a bowl of Tom Yum Soup and some Thai Basil Chicken, while the rest of us dug into our Chicken Curry and Dal Makhani. Now, for those of you who’ve followed my blog since the very beginning, know that my Mom is a Malaysian. And Malaysians are nothing if not known for their lip-smacking spicy food – for the most part at least. So my Mom, like a true-bred Malay took and big slurp of the piping hot soup and almost cried in pain! I couldn’t resist and HAD to see what the hoopla was all about. But I wanted to be careful, so only took about a third of the spoon. Boy, were my ears on fire! It was probably the spiciest thing I’ve eaten my entire life!! But that was years ago in Thailand. Thai food in other countries is much more tamed in spice level but just as authentic and delicious in flavour.


Hubby Dear and I have always been huge fans of Thai food and love to try out any new establishment that opens near to where we are. Over the years, we’ve settled on our favourites and are now quite critical on how the dishes we prefer taste. Baby Dear, being the budding food connoisseur that he is, is a die-hard fan of Pad Thai – the tangier, the better. I love my Green Curry with tons of gravy and veggies, and Hubby Dear often shuttles between Pad Thai loaded with peanuts (at times even more nuts than noodles!) or a spicy Cashew Chicken. But one dish that we MUST always order for the table is Basil Chicken. That is, of course, until I tried my hand at making it this week. I can now honestly say that we can cross out Basil Chicken from our future orders and substitute it with an extra plate of Papaya Salad.

This recipe for Thai Basil Chicken is also a perfect candidate for a quick weeknight meal served with some plain rice and sliced fresh cucumbers on the side.

Thai Basil Chicken

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 6 boneless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red pepper çut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium yellow pepper, çut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp white pepper powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp light soya sauce
  • a big handful of fresh Thai basil

Instructions

  • Heat a tbsp of oil in a large wok on high heat, add stir-fry the chicken for 2-3 minutes till lightly browned along the edges. Remove from wok and set aside.
  • Add in the remaining oil, and add ginger and garlic, and fry for a few seconds till fragrant. Add in onions and peppers and stir-fry for a minute or two till onions become transparent.
  • Add in the browned chicken, spices and salt, and stir fry to mix everything well. Add in soy sauce and fresh basil and stir-fry for another minute or two.

Notes

The flavour comes from the fresh Thai basil, so if you’re using Italian or any other kind of basil keep in mind that the taste may vary.

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Nikita
    January 13, 2016

    5 stars
    Thai is my favorite cuisine, and this Thai Basil chicken looks yummy as the basil leaves give an additional flavor to the dish so gonna try this for sure, Thanks for sharing an Awesome recipe

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    Emily Smith @ The Best of this Life
    July 25, 2015

    5 stars
    Mmm, that looks so good, what a nice meal! I love the addition of basil for the flavour.

  • Reply
    Alyssa
    July 24, 2015

    5 stars
    That looks so so tasty! I must try this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply
    Deborah
    July 24, 2015

    5 stars
    That looks so amazing! Totally will have to try!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    July 24, 2015

    5 stars
    You literally just made my stomach growl. I’m gonna have to save this recipe

  • Reply
    Jody @EasyPeasyMom
    July 24, 2015

    5 stars
    Yum, I love Thai food as well and this dish looks so delicious! I’m definitely going to have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

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    J @ A Hot Southern Mess
    July 24, 2015

    5 stars
    Oh yum! This meal looks delicious! I love any and all thai food, so this is right up my Hubby and I’s alley! Thanks for sharing dear!

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    Jann from Newton Custom Interiors
    July 24, 2015

    5 stars
    I’ve never eaten Thai food, but this looks delicious. May have to branch out and try it!

  • Reply
    Kristin
    March 13, 2015

    5 stars
    I loved the story about your family vacationing in Thailand. Most of my family is like your dad, only eating familiar foods, but my hubby and I are adventurous eaters. Will try this recipe soon. Thanks!

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    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    March 13, 2015

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness this looks amazing! Love Thai Basil Chicken… but honestly never thought of making it at home.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

  • Reply
    Ayngelina
    March 13, 2015

    5 stars
    This has to be one of my favourite Thai dishes, I had no idea it was so easy to make.

  • Reply
    Hollie
    March 13, 2015

    5 stars
    I’ve got all those ingredients here! I think I know what’s for dinner tonight!

  • Reply
    Meaghan
    March 13, 2015

    5 stars
    Yum! I love Thai Basil Chicken. It’s a favourite of mine when dining at our local Thai restaurant. I will definitely try your recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Gwen
    March 13, 2015

    5 stars
    This looks fantastic, we love Thai Basil Beef & Chicken at restaurants but I’ve never made it at home. I’d be curious about the results with dried thai basil too, fresh thai basil is hard to source here in the winter.

  • Reply
    Kareema
    March 13, 2015

    5 stars
    We love Indian food in our house! I love the simplicity of this recipe, but it looks extremely flavorful. Nice recipe

  • Reply
    Briana
    December 18, 2014

    Can you use dried thai basi?

    • Reply
      Meena
      December 18, 2014

      You Briana, but it won’t give you the same flavour as using fresh – so keep that in mind.

  • Reply
    Melissa
    October 3, 2014

    5 stars
    This is going on my “to make” list. Huge Thai food lover and I always, for some reason, think it will be difficult to make from scratch but this looks so quick and easy.

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori {self proclaimed foodie}
    October 3, 2014

    5 stars
    My husband would love this! It looks fantastic!!!

  • Reply
    Karen Ahmed
    October 3, 2014

    5 stars
    ONE of my faves!!!

  • Reply
    Meagan
    October 3, 2014

    5 stars
    yum yum yum yum yum. I love Thai food!! I love Thai food in 10 minutes even more! Thank you!

  • Reply
    Meenakshi
    June 23, 2014

    5 stars
    where can we find Thai Basil in India?

    • Reply
      Meena
      June 24, 2014

      I’m sure you can find it at many grocery stores, Meenakshi. I’ve seen many food bloggers in India use them in recipes too.

  • Reply
    Maria
    June 9, 2014

    5 stars
    This looks so delicious and sounds so flavorful!

  • Reply
    Shareba @ In Search Of Yummy-ness
    May 19, 2014

    This looks like a restaurant-quality dish! Thanks for sharing this recipe at the Good Food Friday link party 🙂

  • Reply
    Ventair
    May 17, 2014

    5 stars
    Awesome recipe! A great hit at any dinner party…
    Thanks for sharing such great post… 🙂

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