Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Delicious Thai Basil Chicken Stir-Fry

Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry
Delicious Thai Basil Stir Fry
Delicious Thai Basil Stir Fry
2lbs of Chicken Breast- Sliced and chopped into bite sized chunks
½ Red Bell Pepper- Chopped
½ Green Bell Pepper- Chopped
½ Jalapeno - Chopped
3 Stalks of Scallion- Chopped
1 Onion- Chopped
1 tbsp. Sesame Seeds
1 tbsp. Sesame Oil
2 Tbsps. Vegetable Oil
1 tbsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 tbsp. Paprika
Salt to taste
Thai Basil Sauce (Recipe below )
Season chicken with paprika, salt and cayenne and let marinate for at least an hour. Toast sesame seeds in a dry pan for 4 minutes; it really does add a nice flavor when toasted.  Remove from pan and set aside. Heat vegetable oil and sesame oil and fry the chicken for 3 minutes on each side (top and bottom) and set aside. Add chopped vegetables to the same pan and as soon as the onion gets translucent, add the chicken, stir and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add the sauce, salt and toasted sesame seed, cover the pan and allow them to get happy for approximately 3-5 minutes. Do not leave the kitchen because the sauce may thicken quickly and you know what comes next……. Taste and add more salt if needed. Serve over rice or noodles and enjoy your delicious stir fry dish.

Recipe for the Thai Basil Sauce
1 handful of basil leaves- Sweet basil is perfect (Finely Chopped)
1 packet of Powdered Chicken Bouillon
1 cup of water
1 Tbsp of Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp of Honey
1-2 tsps of Cornstarch or 2-4 tsp of Flour
2 Tbsp of Fish Sauce
Hot Chili Sauce- Available at all Asian Markets
Mix water, bouillon, fish sauce and chopped basil in a large pan to warm for about 5 minutes (you can also use a food processor or blender to process the mixture until the basil leaves turn into tiny particles). When warm, add honey, sugar and chili sauce and stir. Once it starts to boil, add the cornstarch, using 1 tsp at a time to thicken the sauce. If you use both teaspoons of cornstarch and it gets too thick, you can always add some water to get to your desired consistency. This is good for one dish.
Enjoy your delish feast tonight!