Basil Chicken





Introduction: Basil Chicken

About: I work at instructables by day, and turn into a stitch witch by night. follow me on instagram @jessyratfink to see what i'm working on! ^_^

There's a Chinese restaurant next to the Instructables office that has the best basil chicken - of course I had to try to copy it and make it at home. :D I'm really happy with how it turned out - only had to make it a few times to get it perfect!

Basil chicken is a really simple dish - you can honestly have dinner within 20 minutes or so. Serve it with rice or noodles and you're all set. I tend to like mine really spicy, but you can make it nice and mild, too!

Step 1: Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons grated or minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • a jalapeno or serrano pepper, minced, de-seed it if you want to!
  • handful of basil
  • 1 tablespoon chili/garlic sauce (optional)
If you can find Thai basil, use that! I have a hard time finding it at my local grocery store, so I go for normal basil. I think that this is best when it's spicy, so if you'd like a little kick, add some chili/garlic sauce at the end. It'll also give it nice color. :)

Step 2: Do Your Prep Work

Because everything comes together so quick, make sure sure have everything minced and measured out.

Put the pepper, garlic and ginger in a bowl together and measure out the soy sauce, hoisin and rice vinegar into another bowl and mix.

Step 3: Stir Frying!

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and pour in a tablespoon of sesame oil. When it's really hot, dump in the peppers, ginger and garlic.

Stir these around for a minute or so, until nice and fragrant. Then add in the ground chicken and break it up into smaller pieces. You won't want to cook it through all the way here, because we're about to simmer it for a few minutes. Cooking it all the way through here will make it tough!

As soon as the chicken is all in 1/2 inch or smaller pieces, turn the heat down to medium low.

Step 4: Simmer!

Add in the liquids, stir it well, and let it simmer for a few minutes. I like to cover it but you don't have to. Stir it every so often, until most of the liquid is gone.

Step 5: Add the Basil and Serve!

Turn the heat back up to medium high, and add in a handful of basil. (I've attached a photo of what I mean by "handful of basil") I like to rip it into slightly smaller pieces!

Stir this around just until the basil is wilted and then turn off the heat. Add in your chili garlic sauce now if you want it. Serve it hot over rice or noodles - it's perfect that way :D



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    i forgot in the homemade golden mountain sauce add 3 tbspn TAMARI soy or double fermented soy the Tamari is fermented soy with out wheat

    made this last night and it was incredible. Suggestion instead of hoisin sauce try THAI GOLDEN MOUNTAIN SAUCE or you can make your self with 3 Tbsp. oyster sauce (I like Thai Maekrua brand oyster sauce) 2 Tbsp. fish sauce 1 Tbsp. lime juice 2 Tbsp. brown sugar 2 tspn tumeric it really makes the dish it makes the sweet salt that plays up the basil over the birdseye peppers. I also mince zucchini and minced color peppers. stir frying the veg separtely after the ground chicken is heated to crumble in the garlc pepper and ginger than adding the chicken back in to vegtables. Buttered jasimine rice. so simple so good

    I cooked this last night and it was great! I didn't have ground chicken so I cut a skinless chicken breast into 1/2" chunks; all the flavors really came through. To keep the chicken from sticking together, I reserved 1tsp of the oil and mixed it into the raw chicken and let it sit while I was mixing and measuring everything else. That way, I had no problem with the meat sticking together. Much thanks Jessie

    I have to THANK YOU Jessy! I made this today - tried to do everything as instructed but couldn't find Hoisin sauce so used Korean Sweet & Spicy sauce instead. Also used three thai chilis to give it some spice! And only used a tbsp and a half of soy sauce - my stomach isn't good with things too salty. It was perfect! This was SOOOO good! I have a friend coming over tonight and wanted to have something good to eat - and this is definitely it! Also thank you so much for the tip on not overchopping the meat - to avoid it from getting chewy. I would have done that for sure. Instead, it has the best texture and taste - I love it!!!! Thanks so much!


    O.M.G. Yum! Must save this one, thanks for sharing!

    That actually looks really good. I've been wanting to learn to cook, esp. Asian food, you made it look easy. thanks!

    Looks great, but as a Chinese I am sorry to tell you there is no basil in Chinese culinary

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    Thanks - I had wondered about that! I've had basil in a few Chinese restaurants here in the US, but I always thought it was more of a Thai or Vietnamese ingredient. Now I know. :)

    Also, this dish kind of reminds me of a yummy thai dish called Larb. It's spicy too if you ever want to make something a little different.

    Yum - I really need to make this. The big pieces of basil look so good too. I have an Asian grocery store where I could get that ...:) My son would be so happy if I make this!

    There is this thai place up in Marin that has this too! It has a ton of oil in it though and I think its fried so I always feel guilty when I have some. I'm so excited to try this healthy version! Thanks for the recipe