Sunday, March 30, 2008

Thai Basil Chicken

I found some fresh Thai basil at the Asian store the other day and decided to make a Thai dish out of it. This recipe is one of the favorite dishes of the Thai people. You can substitute the chicken with pork, beef, squid, shrimp, seafood or anything you like. Simple to prepare, it is a quick one-dish meal. The addition of fresh chilies makes the dish spicy, but you may adjust the recipe to taste by adding fewer chilies.

Ingredients :

1 pound chicken - cut into bite size pieces
3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 yellow pepper - cut in chunks
1" of ginger - slice thinly
3 small fresh green Thai Bird chilies or any kind of chilies
a small bunch of Thai Basil
1/4 cup chicken broth or water
2 tbsp Asian fish sauce (naam pla)
1 tsp of dark soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp fresh lime juice

1. Heat a wok or heavy skillet and add oil, garlic, ginger and stir-fry until lightly brown. Add chicken and cook, stirring constantly to prevent sticking, until all chicken turn colour about 2 minutes.
2. Add chilies, pepper, broth or water, fish sauce, sugar, soy sauce, dark soy sauce and stir-fry until combined. Cover and let the chicken cook for a few minutes.
3. Check seasoning, add in basil and stir-fry 30 seconds. Lastly stir in lime juice.
4. Serve with warm rice.

18 comments:

Rita Ho said...

YUM! YUM! I love this dish and have been cooking Zaza's version of it without the dark soy sauce, ginger, broth and lime. Will definitely try yours for a variance.

The yellow pepper makes your dish so pretty. Sayang, both David and I don't like peppers. I might use pineapple instead. :)

Thanks for sharing, Gert!

Ummi said...

Gert, basil leave dalam BM apa ya?

I Cook4Fun said...

Rita, hope you like this dish. You don't have to put peppers if you don't like it.

Ummi, Basil tu daun selasih :)

Big Boys Oven said...

this stir fry looks tasty! how about using beef?

Anonymous said...

Gert, the chicken looks delicious..I can't take peppers coz it gave me lots of wind in my tummy...strange rite? I think can substitute with bitter guard..

- Kath

Cat Cat said...

Wah, looks good Gert... It looks like ayam masak kicap... I love chicken cooked with ginger... Just like those woman in confinement... Chicken, ginger and chinese wine... YUM...

Kate / Kajal said...

oh i love thai basil , they are so aromatic and pack quite a punch. This dish would be wonderful.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Simply divine! I love Thai basil too.

PEARLY said...

look already know is yummy, I love basil the smell is so nice .keep this recipe in mine too .well done xxxxxx

tigerfish said...

Yum yum. The Thai basil chicken I've tried before always uses minced chicken. This is a great new way - bigger chunks for meat. But this can be also be a dish like Three-Cup Chicken where basil is always added for the final flair.

Yatie_T said...

Gert,
it looks very yummy. I definitely have to try cooking this dish. Thanks for sharing.

I Cook4Fun said...

BBO, yes you can change it to beef.

Kath, just don't put peppers if you can't take it.

Cat, I like lots of ginger in my cooking too :)

Kath, I love basil too :)

LCOM & Pearly, mmm another basil fan :)

Tigerfish, I am not a big fan of ground meat so I used chicken pieces. I heard so much about 3 cup chicken but using 1 cup of sesame oil for cooking that dish scared me off :) :)

Yatie, memang sedan :)

Kevin said...

That looks really tasty!

Jun :) said...

Gert, yummy as always..! nk kna cr fresh basil dulu..

I Cook4Fun said...

Kevin, thanks for stopping by.

Jun, senang tak dapat basil kat KL?

Big Boys Oven said...

walio, what is this erg?

oh my goodness such an amazing chicken dish, some more garnish with thai basil! sure "lepas angin" after eating the thai basil! Good for health!

Anonymous said...

Looks very nice but have couple questions:

How much oil should be used?

Can we use all dark soy sauce instead of part light part dark?

Thanks!
Randy

ICook4Fun said...

Randy, sorry for the late reply. I used about 3 tbsp of oil for this dish. You can use only dark soy sauce but you need to adjust the amount of salt if you are not using light soy sauce.