Thai Basil Chicken

by Kiran on June 10, 2016 · 22 comments

in Chicken, Stir Fry

Hi Friends,

TGIF!!! My to-do list is getting longer but I managed to at least tackle grocery shopping. Can’t say the same for house chores.

Ugh. Laundry, I hate you.

Thai Basil Chicken | @KiranTarun
A visit to the local oriental grocery store was essential because this is the season for stir frying! You guys, basil is everywhere!!! But thai basil is something else.

It’s floral but still has a bite to it. Hold’s pretty well in stir-fry’s and it was time that I shared a recipe I learn (nabbed?!) from a friend of mine a very long time ago, who coincidentally hails from Thailand.

Thai Basil Chicken | @KiranTarun
It’s an easy stir fry that requires Holy basil for authenticity, if you are lucky enough to get Holy basil. If not, thai basil works just as great.

I promise 🙂

Thai Basil Chicken | @KiranTarun

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Serves 4


  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 400 gm of chicken, boneless & skinless
  • 4 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 2 to 3 fresh red chilies, sliced & seeded
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce*
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1.5 cup of thai basil leaves, loosely packed

Serving suggestions:

  • steamed jasmine rice
  • fried eggs


  1. Add garlic and chilies into a large mortar and pestle. Pound until it forms a grainy paste. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, add all the sauces. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. I didn’t buy minced chicken. So, I just added chicken pieces into a food processor and coarsely pulsed for a few seconds.
  4. Heat a large wok or non-stick pan on medium. Once heated, add oil and quickly add chili garlic paste.
  5. Fry until paste is fragrant, between 1 to 2 minutes. Avoid burning this paste. Burnt garlic is ewww.
  6. Increase heat to medium-high, add minced chicken and stir fry for 2 minutes. Keep stir frying while adding the sauce mix.
  7. Increase the heat to high and stir fry for 2 more minutes. Add thai basil and stir fry for 20 seconds before removing the wok from heat.
  8. Serve immediately on a bed of freshly steamed jasmine rice and fried eggs. Enjoy!

*note: adjust seasonings accordingly. each sauces have certain amount of sodium.


Thai Basil Chicken | @KiranTarun
Off to browse Pinterest and allow the music in the background to cloud the fact that there’s dirty laundry that still needs my attention.

Or I’ll just have lunch.


Have you tried Thai basil?


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1 Meghan | Fox and Briar June 10, 2016 at 3:16 PM

This is seriously one of my favorite dishes! I love Thai food and I especially love anything with basil. Oh, and don’t worry, I have a giant pile of laundry that I am ignoring too. Isn’t it the worst chore?
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2 Kiran July 1, 2016 at 6:32 PM

Meghan — thai food, rule! laundry? not so much.


3 Rosa June 10, 2016 at 8:05 PM

I love Thai food and such dishes! Very flavourful.




4 Kiran July 1, 2016 at 6:32 PM

Rosa — ditto about thai food. it has so much flavor 🙂


5 Nancy/SpicieFoodie June 11, 2016 at 12:24 AM

This has been a family favourite for a long time. My recipe is a little different so I can’t wait to make this for my husband — he’s going to love it!
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6 Kiran July 1, 2016 at 6:36 PM

Oh Hi, Nancy — welcome back! i would love to try a different version of this recipe. It’s so versatile. Hope you guys enjoyed this recipe 🙂


7 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 11, 2016 at 12:49 AM

We adore Thai basil! It’s so different to regular though but the aroma is so wonderful. And yes TGIF!!!
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8 Kiran July 1, 2016 at 6:41 PM

Lorraine — ditto!! thai basil rocks!!


9 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 11, 2016 at 1:32 AM

One of my favourite Thai dishes. Must try your version with minced chicken as I usually make it with cubed chicken.
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10 Laura | Tutti Dolci June 11, 2016 at 12:19 PM

I love these flavors and I’m obsessed with Thai basil. Seriously yum!


11 Smitha June 12, 2016 at 3:48 AM

Kiran, i haven’t tried thai basil. This seems a good combination and need of my lunch right now. Goes really well with rice. Great combo
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12 Ina Gawne June 13, 2016 at 8:57 AM

I love basil of any kind and Thai food is a favorite! Your dish looks scrumptious!


13 Monica June 13, 2016 at 4:12 PM

This sure looks delicious! I am a big fan of thai food and basil chicken is a favorite. I like how you used minced chicken and the egg alongside is perfect!
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14 Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen June 14, 2016 at 8:10 AM

Glad you could ticked grocery! 🙂 For me, cleaning part is the worst thing to do. Love how flavorful and delicious this thai chicken looks!
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15 Kushi June 15, 2016 at 7:11 PM

Thai cuisine is my favorite. This looks so delicious and flavorful!


16 GiGi Eats June 16, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Never cooked with Oyster Sauce before – I should figure out what exactly THAT is and try it out!


17 Juliana June 16, 2016 at 4:19 PM

I love Thai basil…and this dish just looks and sounds delicious, super tasty…I love that you served with rice an egg…
Hope you are having a great week Kiran 🙂


18 Shumaila June 19, 2016 at 11:23 PM

Love thai basil in my dishes, and by holy basil do you mean tulsi? Love stir fries and this sounds great!
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19 Liz | Travelling Table Tales July 8, 2016 at 8:41 PM

I really love Thai basil. I cannot wait to try this! Thanks for sharing. xx


20 October 7, 2016 at 2:59 PM

This looks so inviting Kiran! Loved the flavors packed into this delicious yet simple & easy dish. recently posted..Indian Style Tomato Rice


21 Yuvraj March 9, 2017 at 6:04 AM

Wow, this looks really amazing. Time to find some thai basil in my town and try this on the weekend 🙂
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22 Agness of Run Agness Run June 12, 2017 at 8:04 AM

This is such an easy and palatable recipe, Kiran! I cannot wait to prepare it!


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