Thursday, June 13, 2013

Basil Recipe - Holy Basil Chicken

Holy Basil is an Asian version of basil used in Thailand and surrounding area. Basil will be our featured herb of the week at the farmers market.  The aroma and flavor are exotic, yummy and Asian. This recipe combines chicken, Holy Basil, garlic, chilies and rice. It is the real deal.


3 cups holy basil and a little more for garnish
2 heads garlic, mince the cloves
6 fresh Thai chilies
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 pounds chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
Fresh ground pepper
Jasmine or sticky rice

  1. Mash garlic and chilies together with the flat side of a large knife. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add mixture of chilies and garlic. Cook, stir continually, until garlic is golden brown (30 seconds).
  2. Add chicken pieces; cook, stir often, until chicken is fully cooked, 5 minutes. Stir in soy sauce, sugar and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add Holy Basil; cook and stir for 1 minute. Serve over rice. Use basil as garnish.
Kick it up
  1. Add fish sauce.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  3. Use Thai noodles instead of rice
  4. Use shrimp instead of chicken
  5. Add some cashews or pine nuts
  6. Reduce chilies if you like a milder dish

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