In an effort to declutter our very tiny townhouse I’ve been going through old issues of cooking magazines and ripping out the pages with the recipes I want to make instead of saving the entire magazine. This recipe for Spicy Basil Chicken is one I wanted to make and then I saw it on Nicole’s blog and again on Elly’s blog and knew I needed to make it soon. We really enjoy stir fries, especially the ease of making them.
Since I knew Elly was planning to make it with sugar snap peas I decided to buy some at the store to serve alongside. Then she said she ended up throwing them into the stir fry and I thought that was a great idea. One less pan and a more interesting stir fry = a win. We enjoyed this dish, but both felt like it needed more than just the chicken and basil. I was glad Elly had mentioned the snap peas or this would have been a pretty boring stir fry. I think more veggies are a must, maybe some peppers or asparagus or even spinach.
Spicy Basil Chicken
Cooking Light, as seen on Elly Says Opa!
2 teaspoon canola oil
2 shallots, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 lbs, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
4 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon chile garlic sauce
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/3 cup bakteri leaves, sliced
8 oz sugar snap peas, sliced
Optional – additional veggies like carrots, peppers, asparagus, etc.
1 1/2 cups, dry rice, cooked according to package directions
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots and garlic to pan; cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add chicken to pan; cook 13 minutes or until chicken is done.
Whisk fish sauce and the next 6 ingredients (through cornstarch) together in a small bowl. Add sugar snap peas and any additional veggies to the pan. Allow to cook until tender then add fish sauce mixture to pan, and cook for 1 minute or until mixture thickens, stirring to coat chicken. Remove from heat. Stir in basil. Serve with rice.