Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Thai Sweet Basil Chicken

Thai Sweet Basil Chicken

What does one do with an abundance of chicken? I mean, I have a troth of chicken breasts that were on sale. When they go on sale - I buy! Another chicken recipe! And this one - talk about quick. I started it at about 9 PM - by 9:17 I was eating. I think the fact that I was taking pictures is really what did it!

This time it's a quick one. I picked up some fresh basil and fish sauce and I used a red bell pepper that I already had on hand to whip this one up in a flash.

It's a simple equation. You know how two plus two equal four. Well, chicken plus basil equal Thai Sweet Basil Chicken!

The Ingredients
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cubed
- 3 cloved of garlic, chopped
- 1 whole red bell pepper, chopped
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- 10 leaves of basil, sliced or chopped (your preference)
- 3 tablespoons of fish sauce
- 1/2 cup of hoisin sauce
- salt and pepper
- Any type of noodle, prepared per instructions
- red pepper flakes - optional

The Method
In a smoking hot skillet, add oil. When oil begins to waft add the chicken. You want to hear a sear. Stir until chicken is almost done. Add a few pinches of salt and pepper. Then add in bell pepper, garlic, fish sauce, hoisin sauce, basil, and red pepper flakes. Cook until sauce thickens and is fragrant. Spoon over noodles and enjoy.

I dare you try it. THIS is perfect for a mid-week meal. There ar
e leftovers...guess who's going to be happy tomorrow during his lunch break?


Basil...I picked it up after work and I had it while I was in class. My ENTIRE bookbag smelled like heaven!

What's better than chicken? It's lean - it can be flavored a bunch of different ways - and it's perfect for this meal!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very appetizing! I love such flavorful dishes! Really delicious! Thai food always tastes so good...



eatingclubvancouver_js said...

I love the combination of basil and chicken together. Heavenly!

Swedish Mike said...

Looking good my friend!

Funnily enough I had something similar for dinner last night, will be posted in a couple of days ;)

// Mike

Anonymous said...

Now, that looks beautiful, my friend! Very nice photo :)

Unknown said...

looks like you have another winner here... thanks for sharing... :)

Unknown said...

delish dish!! did you do something with the blog? looks good!

Marianna said...

wow, this can only taste DELICIOUS!! and fresh basil is a must- the dried basil sold at supermarkets is NOTHING compared to fresh beautiful fragrant basil leaves!

tavolini said...

mmm..I love the flavor combination of Thai food. Also, anything that's done in 15 minutes is ideal!!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Mmm...can't beat Thai food. This was a great idea.

I should stock up more on chicken. Goodness knows we eat enough of it in my house thanks to it being one of the only meats Sir Pickypants and I will both eat.

Jazzy said...

You know I love your recipes...but some of us REG'LAR every day cookers, have never tried hoisin sauce. What is it? What's it taste like? Stop side eye'g me...ok I'm going to google!

One Man’s Opinion said...

Hello, Darious, my friend. I went to lunch with a couple of friends of mine and guess what....He follows your food blog. So, here's the deal.

For the last couple of weeks, I cook the meal for my family day with my family. Last week it was pot roast. Yesterday it was my fabulous Chicken Salad and next week it will be my patented Chili Beans. Then I'm out...of ideas that is.

I'm just lettin know, because I'll probably be looking here for a SIMPLE food idea that I can cook, thst will feed five and a half and want have my nephew saying; "What dis uncle One Man."

"That's Chicken Salad."

"I don't like chicken salad."

The little bastard. lol

Finla said...

Wow a fast dish. It only ttok 17 minutes and this is really good.
Looks delicious too

Cashana said...

I am doing this recipe next week. Bet!

TD said...

Wow, that looks delicious! I dislike cooking but love to eat, your blog is making me reconsider.

Anonymous said...

Looks so good! I had this for dinner last night.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Maryann, the pictures are beautiful! Did you get a new camera? I also love the white background much better than the black. Very nice!

DJ Black Adam said...

Dang that ALLLLLL looks good!

Nikki @ NikSnacks said...

everyone is noticing yourfine camera work, my friend. Beautiful.

Sandy said...

im gonna make this,,, and I actually like the black backgound better... but this one is cool too :) as long as we can see the grub

sonya said...

Ooooh Thai! I love it!!!

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Nina Timm said...

This meal looks delicious! Go and check it out..I have another chicken recipe for you, since you bought a troth of the stuff!

Deeba PAB said...

I love thai basil chicken Darius & you've made it SING!! Grow some basil & you'll never regret it. It's a hardy plant & will fill your world with it's sweetness! Delicious post!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Basil has to be my herb of choice. It finds its way into so many dishes:D

Debbie said...

Looks delicious and I love fresh basil....I like the idea that it is a quick fix dish too.

Anonymous said...


This looks so good I am drooling. . .reallly.

I love your site!

Nazarina A said...

A scrumptious dish indeed!

I have an award for you!

OhioMom said...

I am totally loving this dish!

Maria Verivaki said...

i love thai food, especially home-made dishes

Maria said...

This dish looks super tasty. Basil is my favorite!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Wow, a delicious dinner in 17 minutes! My kind of meal.

glamah16 said...

Love the new look. The background does better justice to your pictures. Arent you in shock right now about the Jennifer Hudson news.I couldnt believe it.Senseless.

La Bella Cooks said...

I am enjoying the whole new look of your blog. Something is in the air as everyone seems to be sprucing up their digs. I love the color!
Wow, this dinner sounds like it is packed with flavor. The photo of the basil is gorgeous!

test it comm said...

A big bag of fresh basil does smell amazing. I like this use of basil.

Susan @ SGCC said...

You don't have to dare me. This looks like a great dish! Something I would definitely love to make for a busy week night meal!

Anette said...

Just looking at the photo of the basil, made my mouth water! I always sniff the fresh basil in the shop without embarrassment!

clnmike said...

I am going to see if i cant pull this off next weekend, good looking.

Anonymous said...

This is on the list for November and I promise not to modify it LOL. Hopefully, the basil I'm growing outside will last that long.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Fresh basil is so amazing! Lovely little cubes of chicken, very nice and tasty meal!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Beautiful combination of flavours! And I swear I have never seen a pile of raw chicken look prettier!

nikki said...

i'm trying this one on friday!

Sha Boogie said...

I dunno how I got here, but i love the site!! I am always looking for easy (yummy) meals!

nikki said...

i made it and it was AWESOME! i'll be making this one again for my mom and pops so they can see how great a cook i am. lol

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