Thai Basil Chicken

As the name suggests, Thai basil chicken is a strong aromatic dish that originated in Thailand. If you’re the type of person who pays attention to texture, color, taste, and the use of herbal ingredients with medicinal value, then you will truly enjoy this tasty meal.

The History of Thai Basil Chicken

In the past, the chicken was eaten with the hand while people sat on mats on the floor or a coffee table. Today, most Thai dishes can be eaten with a fork and spoon thanks to the broader westernization culture. Most people prefer to include rice, pasta, or noodles as accompaniments to this special meal.

What’s Unique?

The chicken has a unique taste, color, and nutritional value due to the number of spices used in its preparation. To create an exceptional meal, you’ll need special ingredients to create the herbal effect on the body.

Preparation instructions

Ingredients 

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of oil for frying
  • 1 chicken breast (about 200 grams)
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 4-10 Thai chili peppers
  • 1 teaspoon of oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of light soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 splash of dark sweet soy sauce
  • 1 handful of Thai holy basil leaves

Recipe

Preheat the wok over a high flame, and add a few tablespoons of oil, along with prepared peppers, shallots, and garlic

Once the oil is hot enough, add garlic and ginger and let it fry for a few seconds. Smashing the garlic cloves with the side of a knife makes them easier to peel.

Add onion and green chili, and let it fry for a minute.

Add the ground chicken and let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes. You can start breaking it up in the wok.

Continue cooking the ground chicken until it turns brown.

Add the fish sauce, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, salt, sugar, and pepper. Stir-fry for a minute.

Switch off the heat and add the Thai basil to the wok, and stir thoroughly. Ensure that you have mixed it well.

Serve hot with rice, pasta or noodles.

Variations

Thai Basil chicken can be found in three main types.

  1. Thai sweet basil
  2. Lemon basil
  3. Holy basil

Both Thai sweet basil and lemon basil can be found in many parts of the world. Holy basil can only be found in Thailand, which is why most American-Thai restaurants prepare Thai sweet basil and call it basil chicken.