Thursday, 27 September 2007

Thai Basil Chicken

I LOVE thai food. there's something about thai food that makes my mouth water. some even say that Thai cooking is the essence of asian cooking. to me, yes it is, alongside our malay cooking :)

This recipe is a basic one. its very quick and easy but still gives the thai flavour. the main ingredient is thai basil.

There's actually a few types of basil grown in thailand, each with slight difference in appearance and flavour. there's thai basil (bai horapa), there's holy basil (bai grapao) and lemon basil (bai manglaek). for this dish, i uesed thai holy basil (they only carry holy basil at the toko).


Chicken Breasts - cut into bitesized pieces
Vegetable Oil
4 Cloves Garlic - chopped
3-4 Fresh Red Chillies - seeded and finely chopped
3-4 tbsp Thai Fish Sauce
2-3 tbsp Soy Sauce
a tad bit of sugar
salt to taste
Holy Basil leaves


1. Heat oil in wok. Add garlic and chillies and stir fry on a medium heat for a couple of mins or until fragrant. make sure garlic's not burnt, if not it'll taste bitter!
2. Add chicken to the wok and stir fry until they change colour.
3. Stir in the fish sauce, soy sauce and sugar and continue to stir fry for another 4 mins or so until the chicken is cooked.
4. Add in basil leaves and give it a little bit of a good mix.

How simple's that for a quick thai fix?


Maz said...

Simple yet tempting. sedap makan dgn nasi putih panas2 tu!!

u know zaza, almost everyday i dok baca ur blog ni...and so far it has never failed to impress me...i siap bagitau my frens ...diorang sume suka!!

Wiz said...

Hi zaza, my email add is at my blog, but here it is anyway

Lollies said...

Oh I love thai food as well and I think they are easy to cook (if you have teh ingredient already)

My last raya open house was a menu of thai (ya ka ni) food.

Thai Curry Prawn with Pineapple
Beef Patayya style
Sweet and Sour Garoupa
Som Tam Mango
Broccolli sauteed in garlic
Bread pudding with homemade custard sauce
Pengat pisang with real gula melaka
Watermelon juice
Coffee 434

hahahha saya tipu. mana ada bread pudding jadi thai food pulak. and coffee 434? that is kopi muar.

tapi bolehlah tukar tukar resepi

Aidan's Mama & Papa said...

maz: terima kasih la maz for reading and sharing it with your friends! i'm really flattered. this is all for sharing sake, if i can do them, so can you!! ;)

wiz: noted! will gather some ideas for you and mail you there k? do you YM? if you do, will add you to my list, it'll be easier kan?

lollies: please please please share them with me!! all of them sounds so so delish! pengat pisang? oolalaaa...
raya makan thai? so cool!! jom tukar resepi?

rini said...

Me too, me too !
I think those basil and chilli work very very well !

I love fried rice with roasted duck, with chilli and basil.

Wiz said...

Thanks zaza, I do have YM, so we can chat!

Rita Ho said...

Zaza ... I love that polka dot plate, carries the other colors so well! You always dress up a simple dish so elegantly. Time for me to cook Thai this weekend ala Zaza style. :)

Aidan's Mama & Papa said...

rini: put up some photos of your fried rice with roasted duck!! teach me thai sikit rini!

wiz: i've added you. we'll chat there k?

rita: thank you dear. i got the bowl at a "koopjes" (bargain) section. i always look out for bargains! cheapsket kan?

Rita Ho said...

Nah, smart folks go for bargains, Zaza. I am a bargains hunter myself, to the extent of marking new items and waiting for them to get into the clearance bins! BTW, cooked Thai Basil Chicken for dinner last night, turned out a bit darker than yours but SO YUMMY! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Aidan's Mama & Papa said...

rita: my pleasure dear! that's why i blog, simply to share!
there's this certain type of thrill that i get out of bargains! am i a cheapsket?