Thai Basil Chicken Recipe
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- chicken breast
- red pepper
- garlic shoots / green garlic
- a fresh chilli
- a dab of chilli bean paste
- lemon grass (dried is fine)
- sesame oil
- kecap manis
- one of those little baby limes
- fresh basil (handful)
- cashew nuts
How to make Thai Basil Chicken
This is a clean-tasting Thai-influenced dish that isn't too spicy and has lots of texture, with the moist chicken and crunchy cashew nuts.
For one. (sigh)
Mash together a clove of garlic, a wedge of ginger, a chilli, the zest of half the baby lime and some sesame oil into a paste. Cut the chicken and mix it into the paste. Leave in the fridge for a little while to let the paste flavour the chicken.
Heat some oil in a wok. Soften up some chopped red peppers and add the chicken. Move it about a bit, then add a dab of chilli bean paste and a dash of kecap manis - not too much as you don't want to darken the colour of the dish. Add a couple of stalks of lemon grass. Season with a little salt and white pepper.
Add chopped garlic shoots and the cashew nuts. Throw it about a bit for another minute or so. For a saucier dish, you can add half a cup of chicken stock before this step.
Remove the lemon grass stalks. Turn off the heat and scatter over some roughly-torn basil leaves. Don't let the basil "cook" as it will go dark and look rubbish.
Plate up, squeeze over a little of the lime and serve. Optionally drizzle some chilli oil for a bit more fire / colour.
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