Stir Fry Basil Chicken
This stir fry basil chicken is fast, healthy, and the sweet and spicy Thai-style flavors combined with the fragrant basil are so very, very delicious.
I’ll keep it short and sweet today since my dirty toilets are beckoning and after the grind of cleaning, the day is too beautiful to be wasted inside.
Make this dish. As soon as you can.
It is fast (20 minutes, people!), healthy, and the sweet and spicy Thai-style flavors combined with the fragrant basil are so very, very delicious. (Thank you Emily for the recipe!)
I served it over this brown rice and because the entire meal was so healthful, I ate three of these to compensate.
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Stir Fry Basil Chicken
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, depending on how spicy you like it – I used 1/4 teaspoon and it perfectly warm but not too spicy
- 1 medium yellow or other sweet onion, cut in half and sliced in thin half moon strips
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, (about 1 1/2 pound), cut into bite-size pieces
- ¼ cup oyster sauce
- ¼ cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 bunch fresh basil, about 1/2 cup, torn into pieces
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir constantly and cook for 30 seconds to one minute, until fragrant (don’t let the garlic burn!). Add the sliced onions. Cook until translucent, stirring every now and then, about five minutes. Add the chicken and cook for 3-5 minutes, until browned and cooked through.
- Add the oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and sugar and stir until everything is well coated. Reduce the heat to medium low and sprinkle the tomatoes over the top of the mixture. Tear the basil by hand and sprinkle it over the tomatoes.
- Over medium heat, let the tomatoes and basil sit, without stirring, for about 5-7 minutes. Stir the mixture until everything is well combined and heated through.
- Serve immediately over rice.
Recipe Source: adapted (according to what I had on hand) from Emily, a MKC reader
27 Comments on “Stir Fry Basil Chicken”
Could I substitute fish sauce for oyster sauce?
Mary – Definitely worth a try although oyster sauce has a different flavor/consistency than fish sauce so I’d add gradually and taste as you go.
This was delicious, even with the tweaks I had to make, because I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand. It even worked well with the dried basil I used. I subbed in a little baby spinach to give the illusion of some green. I am never, ever disappointed when I try a new recipe from your blog, I know it is going to be great. Just want you to know how much I appreciate all the work you put into this site. Thank you so much!
Delicious in every way. I made this with the fried rice (that’s not actually fried) I usually make and they were a fantastic pair. Basil adds such a great flavor. Leftovers will be amazing.
My mom just made this it was amazing it had great flavor. Thank you Mel.
Do you find the oyster sauce by the hoisin sauce?
Julie – yes, I usually find the oyster sauce in the same Asian foods aisle with the hoisin.
I’m new to following your blog and I have to say that i’m truley inspired to learning to make better dinners. Basil chicken was the first recipe that I tried from your blog and well…… “I loved it and my husband did too!” I didn’t use the oyster sauce because I couldn’t find it, and was a little hesitant to, but I subsituted olive oil instead. Don’t really know why, I just thought to use it and it worked out perfectly. This recipe was yummy, the flavor was so different tasting and I like the spice kick it gave off! I absoultely loved this dish and enjoyed the delicious smell it made in my house.
Tami G. – thanks for your comment! I’m glad that the first recipe you tried met with great success! Thanks for letting me know.
I had my husband make the Stir Fry Basil Chicken today for me for Mother’s day. It was so good I licked the plate. Also, I am incharge of
the weekly church bulletins in our church Ward. I put a copy of this
recipe in it as an insert. Hopefully a lot of people will be thrilled and
want to make this too. It was really good. Thanks so much for the recipe and all that you do. Happy Mother’s Day!
Valerie – glad this meal was plate-licking good! I hope others enjoy it as well. (P.S. props to your hubby!)
Oh, yum! I’m planning on growing my own basil this summer and will make this with some of it.
I LOVE Thai food… and the basil with it is uniqely refreshing. Not sure what my deal is, but I’ve tried a few asian or “thai” style dishes at home (two of them being your recipes) and without fail, they don’t turn out good. My family says the same thing. I’m always hoping and trying for something super yummy, but I’m always disappointed. What is the deal? I follow the recipes exactly. The last time, I thought it had to work because it called for “hoison sauce” and I’d never tried that before, but still so “blah.” I’ve come to the realization that good Thai food must be ordered “out” at my home. I just haven’t figured it out. Any tips??
Linda – you’d have to let me know what recipes you’ve tried that didn’t work out. Perhaps the homemade style just doesn’t suit your family’s taste – thank goodness take-out is still an option, right? Let me know what recipes they were and maybe I can help. If the recipes are turning out bland then it sounds like you need a little more spice to your Thai food – try adding red pepper flakes to kick it up a notch.
basil is an unexpected herb for this dish–i like it! quite the opposite on the scale of things i like would be cleaning toilets…
I’m so glad I found your new blog site. I lost ya for a while, and I missed you! Your recipes are amazing!! I just wanted to say thanks because I love them. I gave you an award at little-inspirations.blogspot.com. 🙂
Thanks, Brittany! I’m glad you found your way back here!
Hoisin sauce is so great when making Asian food! You can find it in the Asain food/seasonings part of the grocery store. It’s a dark, thick liquid that comes in a skinny, medium sized glass jar (or at least mine did). 🙂 YUM!
I second Sara’s comment – I find my hoisin sauce everywhere from Walmart to my everyday grocery store and it is usually in the Asian foods section next to the soy sauce, plum sauce, etc.
I love your blog. Thanks for including so many healthy recipes. I can’t wait to try this Stir Fry Basil. Love, love, love basil and anything Thai.
I HAVE BEEN MAKING YOUR BAKED OATMEAL ALMOST EVERY WEEKEND SINCE DECEMBER !!!!!
WE ARE ADDICTED !
THANKS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH ! ! ! !
Hey Queen B – so glad this oatmeal is still a staple at your house!
I’m going to finally try your Tri Color Pasta Salad…
can’t wait !
So this looks great! But what is hoisin sauce and where do I find it in the grocery store? Where do I find oyster sauce? Thanks!
Yum…I love the Asian flavors! I have been craving any and all Asian lately, and since I can’t eat Chinese or Thai in a restaurant (life threatening shellfish allergy developed suddenly 3 years ago), I have to make it at home. I will definately try this recipe! Thanks for sharing, Melanie! 🙂
May make it tonight. It looks delicious!