Thai Basil Chicken Recipe

Thai Basil Chicken

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  • chicken breast
  • red pepper
  • garlic shoots / green garlic
  • a fresh chilli
  • a dab of chilli bean paste
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • 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)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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  • Judy
    Judy says

    mmm, this looks good. It might also be interesting using coconut-infused rice and adding the lemongrass into the cooking rice?

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    funny you should mention that...I had a previous attempt at this on my flickr account [here]( that used coconut-infused rice! It was definitely a good accompaniment.

  • sgtoca
    sgtoca says

    kecap manis, you sure love that stuff as it's in a few of your recipes :) i like this, need to find chili bean paste though.

  • jameshill
    jameshill says

    oh yeah.. i'll be giving this a whirl this week.. looks top

  • caccy46
    caccy46 says

    You definitely have another profession in your back pocket - photography. Is there nothing at which you're just mediocre? Daaamn!

  • alvito
    alvito says

    This seems tasty and is a variation from BBCGoodFood. Nice.

  • aberweger
    aberweger says

    yummi...!! will try this with some tofu.... thanks... looks delicious

  • denisbkk
    denisbkk says

    one fresh chilli only??? ok. fair enough. i saw some other recipes on here that didnt even have one. no pad krapao without chilli. standard rule. kind of interesting variation to the original putting cashew nuts, lemon grass and sesame oil.... might just try that sometime.

  • kimmallari
    kimmallari says

    love thai food! i would definitely give this a try!

  • alvito
    alvito says

    I just tried this .. and its nice ! Thank YF

  • Angadishere
    Angadishere says

    Cooked this was okay but overall the concept was good. It needs some more flavor...the marinade was good.

  • speckiss
    speckiss says

    looks so tasty!!! I would try it myself :)

  • avflox
    avflox says

    I made this last night and it was amazing. You're inspirational in the kitchen.

  • sunshine87
    sunshine87 says

    this is amazing!

  • asianstylist
    asianstylist says

    It's a beauty!

  • dnomyer0810
    dnomyer0810 says

    Good 4 me am here in Thailand now:) am going 2 try this one...aloi...

  • canamich
    canamich says

    Yummy, I am growing Thai Basil and it tastes fantastic in this dish.

  • Fernie
    Fernie says

    I know the recipe is called " Thai Basil Chicken", but I substituted the basil for Spinach because my girl doesn't like basil. Still, it came out really good. Thanks for the recipe.

  • cocorico
    cocorico says

    I'm testing the recipe tonight with all the "proper" ingredients...results later

  • GardenGazer
    GardenGazer says

    This is a great recipe - I've made it several times now and recommend it.

  • julio
    julio says

    this was ummm ummm umm, chicken chackan licking, thanks dude, loved it like my US visa, nuff love x

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  • Adobo
    Adobo says

    Gai Pad Krapow!!! Yum yum!

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