Thai Basil Chicken

 

thaibasilchicken

I love Thai food. Love love love Thai food. There are a few dishes at some local Thai restaurants that I keep trying to duplicate but I’ve not had much luck. This is the closest I’ve come and it was so stinkin’ good. Tasted like the real thing! The key is the Thai chili peppers and the fish sauce. And a boatload of basil!

Ingredients:
1 /2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp canola oil
1 large white onion, thinly sliced
4 fresh Thai chiles, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups basil leaves

Directions:
1) In a large ziplock bag, marinate chicken with fish sauce, soy sauce, water, and sugar. Let marinate for abut 30 minutes.
2) In a wok, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add chiles, garlic, and cook for 1 more minute.
3) With a slotted spoon, remove chicken from marinade and add to the wok (don’t throw away the marinade). Cook until chicken is done, for about 5 minutes or more. Add marinade back in and cook for one more minute.
4) Turn off heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups basil. Serve topped with 1/2 cup basil. Try with coconut rice!

 

 

Adapted from Food and Wine.

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