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Thai Basil Chicken

The Asian influence on cooking is real in my household. There’s probably a gallon of soy sauce in my pantry, along with fish sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sambal oelek, hoisin and peanut sauce.

I get on these kicks sometimes where I really crave it. I need the flavor profile of Vietnamese or Thai or Korean food. There’s something in it that my tastebuds love. Foods from the Asian countries do an incredible job at mixing together sweet, savory, spicy and sour.

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When it comes to Thai food, my go-to is usually pad Thai. I also have an affinity for Thai curries like massaman, red and green. One thing I rarely get when I eat Thai food is basil chicken. I don’t know why, I love me some basil. I just can’t get past the deliciousness that is pad Thai.

While on my recent Asian food kick, I decided to try and make basil chicken myself. I went to Super Cao, the Asian grocery story, to get ahold of some Thai basil—but here’s what happened.

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I like to pretend I know what I’m looking for at Super Cao, but truth is—I get overwhelmed by all of the stuff they’re selling. Instead of grabbing some Thai basil, I quickly swooped up some lemonbalm thinking it was the basil I needed.

I know exactly what I’m looking for.

That’s what I said to myself while perusing the produce aisle. In reality, I pretty much had no clue. But I had to make it appear as if I knew what I was doing, you know?

So, I ended up just using regular basil from the grocery store. It still works just fine! I used an entire plant of the stuff—there’s no such thing as too much basil in this dish.

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Oh, and one thing I found at Super Cao that I had to try: lotus root. I sauteed it with some garlic and fish sauce and found it is the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted in my life. The texture is like a cross between water chestnut and carrot. If you can ever get your hands on lotus root, I highly recommend buying it.

Even with this recipe being really tasty, the best part i how quick it comes together. If you’re in a pinch for dinner, you can just slap this together and serve it on top of some rice. Dinner is served in less than 30 minutes!

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Thai Basil Chicken

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ground chicken mixed with handfuls of basil served on rice.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1 TBS. oyster sauce
  • 1 TBS. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 TBS. vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large shallot, sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Thai chiles, minced
  • 2 cups basil, thinly sliced
  • Hot cooked rice, for serving

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together chicken broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar and brown sugar.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and shallot and saute for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add ground chicken and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add chiles to the chicken and continue cooking for another 2 minutes. Pour in chicken broth mixture and stir. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in basil leaves. Serve immediately over rice.

Step-By-Step Instruction

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In a large bowl, whisk together chicken broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar and brown sugar.

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In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add garlic and shallot and saute for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add ground chicken and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 4-5 minutes.

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Add chiles to the chicken and continue cooking for another 2 minutes. Pour in chicken broth mixture and stir. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 3-4 minutes.

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Remove pan from heat and stir in basil leaves. Serve immediately over rice.

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