Thai Chicken Stir-Fry with Holy Basil

Thai Chicken Stir-Fry with Holy Basil

By 22 January, 2012

This is a good dish to learn the basics of stir-frying.  Make sure you have everything ready before you start cooking as the idea is to cook the food quickly. Combine the four sauce ingredients before you start.  The Thais love their food hot, spicy and sour with a touch of sweetness but if you don’t like chillies, there’s no need to add them. And now for the fun.

Ingredients

Instructions

Serves 2

1.   Heat a wok or heavy frying pan until hot.  Add the oil and when hot, add the onion.  Stir-fry for 1 - 2 minutes or until onion is softening and turning transparent.  Add garlic and chillies, stir-fry another minute.
2.  Add chicken and stir-fry until chicken is beginning to colour, about 3 - 4 minutes.  Add  beans and capsicum and stir-fry for another minute.  Add  the basil leaves and sauce, stir to combine.
3. Cover wok with a lid, turn heat to low and leave to simmer for one minute.  Serve immediately with steaming hot jasmine rice.

Tip:  chicken thigh meat is juicier than chicken breast. If you can't find Thai holy basil, use Italian basil - wash and dry the basil thoroughly before using - a salad spin-dryer is handy for drying leaves.

The photo shows Eloise Moore holding the Thai stir-fry dish we made together in the kids cooking class during January 2012 school holidays.

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One Response to Thai Chicken Stir-Fry with Holy Basil

  1. Rea Francis ( francicuisine)

    Just the trick for lighter meals after excesses of days above Bangalow … where I might add, there are some fab food choices. Next time you are up that way to to Satiate.. new duo owners world class chefs, hailing from The Pier and Quay.

    Your salad would be right up there with their menu!

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