In Thailand, basil is a very essential ingredient and it is found in some of their most popular dishes. Basil’s strong aroma adds a nice flavor to the dish and also makes it very tasty. Basil is very good for heath and hence, incorporating basil into recipes also makes it very healthy. One of the best examples of Thai dishes that use basil is Thai basil chicken. It is very easy to prepare and also gets cooked very quickly. Serve it with rice or noodles for a hearty and filling meal.
Difficulty level: Easy
Servings per recipe: 3-4
Time required for preparation: 5-10 minutes
Time required for cooking: 15 minutes
Appliances For Thai Basil Chicken
1 stirring spoon
1 rice cooker
2 chicken breasts (skinless and boneless)
1 cup of fresh Thai basil
4 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 white onion, thinly sliced
½ cup of oyster sauce
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1-2 red chilies, finely chopped
2 teaspoons of dark soy sauce
3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2/3rd cup of water
2-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
Salt, to taste
Uncooked white rice
Method of Cooking
1. Take the chicken breast and rinse it thoroughly under water. Pat-dry the chicken breast with paper towels and then place the chicken breast on your working surface. Trim off any excess fat from the chicken and then chop it into pretty small pieces. Then take the onion and slice it thinly. Chop the garlic finely and slice the mushrooms. Once all the vegetables are chopped, rinse them under water and set them aside. But do not rinse the mushrooms.
2. Next, take some water in a rice cooker and set it on high. Take the uncooked rice in a bowl and rinse it thoroughly with your hands until the water stops becoming murky. Once done, drain away the excess water and put the drained rice into the rice cooker. Cover the rice cooker and let it cook on high. Now take a wok and set it on the hob. Light the flame and adjust it to set it on medium high. Add the oil to the wok and wait for it to get heated up.
3. To understand whether the oil is hot, dip a toothpick in it. If the oil starts crackling and forming bubbles around the toothpick, you would know that the oil is hot enough. Once that happens, add the chopped garlic to the oil and sauté it for 3-4 minutes or until it turns slightly golden and aromatic. Once the garlic is sautéed, add the chopped chicken to it. Stir and cook the chicken on medium heat until it turns golden brown and no longer remains pink.
4. Once the chicken is cooked through, add-in the oyster sauce. Stir the sauce with the chicken to mix it thoroughly and then add the dark soy sauce and the soy sauce and stir the chicken after each addition. Stirring the chicken after the addition of each sauce helps to mix the sauces evenly with the chicken. Once all the sauces are thoroughly combined with the chicken, add-in the chopped mushrooms and the onions. Stir the mixture and cook it on medium high for 3-4 minutes and then add the water to the mixture.
5. Finally, add the whole basil leaves and the chopped chilies. Stir the chicken and cook it for another 1 minute. Now if you are ready with the rice, drain away the water and serve the rice in a serving plate with the basil chicken as the side dish.