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Spicy Basil Chicken

Spicy Basil Chicken

I found this tasty recipe in the April 2012 issue of Cooking Light and I am so glad I made it. Not only was it super quick and simple to make, but it also tasted fantastic too. I served this dish with brown rice for a healthy and delicious meal. I added more sriracha sauce to my husband and my portion for an extra spicy kick and we loved it! I think my favorite part of the dish was the fresh basil – it tasted so good with the spicy chicken. We all, kids included, loved this recipe.

Spicy Basil Chicken

How to Make Spicy Basil Chicken

Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add shallots to the pan; cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the chicken to the pan; cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring often, until cooked through.  Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Combine the fish sauce, sugar, soy sauce, sriracha, water, and cornstarch together, stirring with a whisk.  Add the mixture to the chicken, and cook for 1 minute or until the mixture thickens, stirring to coat the chicken.  Remove from heat then add the fresh basil.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

Spicy Basil Chicken

 

Spicy Basil Chicken

Spicy Basil Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4
Author: Pam / For the Love of Cooking

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • ½ tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce more if you want it really spicy
  • 1 tsp water
  • ½ tsp cornstarch
  • cup of sliced basil leaves

Instructions

  • Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots to the pan; cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken to the pan; cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring often, until cooked through. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Combine the fish sauce, sugar, soy sauce, sriracha, water, and cornstarch together, stirring with a whisk.
  • Add the mixture to the chicken, and cook for 1 minute or until the mixture thickens, stirring to coat the chicken. Remove from heat then add the fresh basil. Serve immediately. Enjoy.
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38 Comments

  1. I would have to leave out the spicy sauce, but MAN does that look good! I love fresh basil in so many things. It just adds such freshness, and pretty color! I am going to make this……FOR SURE!!!
    XO Kris

  2. Oh my.. that chicken looks absolutely amazing! A great flavor combination too……I love oriental flavours !!!!
    Iยดm so glad to read yoy again……..
    Regards from “Mi cocina”…..”Your ktchen”

  3. This looks so delicious! I am making this for dinner tonight, although what I am really craving is Fork’s polenta with wild mushrooms! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Basil chicken is one of my favorite dishes. There is a Thai restaurant out here that anytime I go to.. Basil chicken is what I order! I’ve made it before, but not exactly like this.. will definitely be trying this one!

  5. Sounds good! “1 sriracha sauce” – how much did you mean here? Thanks for clarifying, I’d like to make this next week!

  6. I love ordering spicy basil chicken when we go out! There is this one place that serves it with eggplant and thinly sliced hot red peppers – absolutely delicious!

  7. I am a big fan of spicy chicken. Your combination promises to be a tasty event. I will test it together with my family. It seems, it’s time for a spicy chicken of yours.

  8. I was just looking through that magazine and this recipe caught my eye, as well. It looks soooo good. Thank you for sharing your review. It will definitely be the first recipe that I try from that book. I will definitely be adding the extra sriracha to ours!

  9. Oh yum! I just pinned this to my “food that nourishes” board. I grow Thai basil every summer, which will be perfect in this. Toasted cashews will be too. Thanks for sharing!

  10. excellent addition.
    and next time? can we add some roasted cashews? for me? lol
    i thought i was getting all your posts via the blogger feed, but i’m not.
    i wonder why?

  11. This reminds me of the cashew nut basil dish that Alexis gets at our favorite Thai dish (minus the cashew, of course). It looks great and I have basil almost ready for harvesting.

  12. Pam,
    Made this the other night, when i saw you post it i was happy to have all the ingredients on hand! It turned out fabulous! And was super fast and easy!!
    Thanks!!!

  13. This was incredible! I made it with your sesame sugar snap peas and a little wild rice. I skipped the fish sauce, increased the basil a bit, and went wild with chili paste. We have to save the leftovers to take for lunch tomorrow, but it’s difficult!