Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Chili Chicken and Basil

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Thai bird chilies or serrano chilies
1 tsp soy sauce
2 cups loosely packed fresh basil
1 tbsp fish sauce
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tbsp peanut oil or canola oil
1/2 tbsp red-chili paste
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp fresh cracked pepper

1. Finely chop the garlic and chilies, then use the side of your knife to press them together into a rough paste. (Add a pinch of salt to make this process easier.)
2. Preheat a wok or stainless-steel saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and the garlic-chili paste you just made, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes (be careful not to burn the garlic). Chop the chicken into small pieces and add them to the pan, cooking until they're lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, red-chili paste, and sugar, and continue to cook until the chicken is done all the way through, another 3 to 4 minutes.
3. Add the pepper and basil, and cook until the basil is just wilted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.


  1. totally going to try this one. I love basil.

    Whats the calories?

  2. That looks so yummy:)


  3. oh boy...this looks and sounds great!

  4. Your blog is so informative and entertaining. I am in a desperate need of an inspiration to cook new recipes. Your blog may save my family from eating the same old things over and over again.

  5. that sounds good, the best part is that is doesn't take an hour to prepare. Love tasty and easy meals!

  6. Oh my goodness, just when I needed a recipe for chicken, Love it!

  7. both of those books you mentioned seem to be on a lot of people's lists this summer. they're both great reads, and i hope you enjoy them. :)

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  8. Oh yummy! I love anything with basil and this sounds delicious!

  9. Looks delicious!

  10. My Mum is going out of town next week and I can't cook at all. I need a quick vegetarian recipe I can eat all day long, for the entire week. Do I sound manic. I can cook 2 minute noodles...

  11. yummy! :D

    <3, Mimi

  12. That looks so yummy! I love anything with basil!!

  13. oooh yum! i have 1lb of chicken just waiting for something yummy to happen to it!

    p.s. im grabbing your button :)

  14. Yummy, yummy! Gotta try this:-).

  15. that's so yummy. i want to try this right away.