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    K-Jon's Spicy Basil Chicken

    K-Jon's Spicy Basil Chicken. Photo by K-Jon Chef

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    Total Time:

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    40 mins

    30 mins

    10 mins

    K-Jon Chef's Note:

    This is my version of a Thai classic.This is a good and easy stir-fried dish and one of the favorites among Thai people. It is served over rice as a one-dish meal – for breakfast or for lunch, often topped with a crispy fried egg. Of course, it also appears frequently as one of the courses in a shared family-style meal. The smaller the chicken is cut, the greater the surface area to coat with the flavors of the aromatic herbs and sauces, and the more flavorful the stir-fry will be. You can also sub the chicken with ground pork, beef, turkey, any seafood, get creative!

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    Serves: 8


    2 cup

    Units: US | Metric

    • 29.58-44.37 ml peanut oil, can sub any oil, for stir-frying
    • 10 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 118.29 ml sliced onion
    • 453.59 g boneless chicken thighs (chopped fine or course ground)
    • 4-6 serrano peppers (to taste) or 4-6 jalapenos, cut into very thin rounds with seeds (to taste)
    • 1-1 lime, zested with juice
    • 9.85-14.78 ml sweet soy sauce (to taste)
    • 29.58 ml fish sauce (to taste)
    • 236.59 ml fresh basil, whole fresh leaves and flower buds
    • 236.59 ml bean sprouts (optional)
    • rice


    1. 1
      1.) Prepare the ingredients as instructed. Leave the fresh basil leaves whole (no hard stems) the flower buds may also be used.
    2. 2
      2.) Heat a wok until very hot. Swirl in the oil to coat the wok surface. Wait a few seconds for the oil to heat, then stir in the garlic, 20 seconds,followed with onion. Stir 20 seconds before adding the chicken.
    3. 3
      3.) Stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes, or until most of the chicken has changed color on the outside.
    4. 4
      4.) Toss in the chillies, lime zest with juice.
    5. 5
      5.) Sprinkle sweet soy sauce over the mixture and stir-fry for another 15 to 20 seconds.
    6. 6
      6.) Season to taste with fish sauce, then stir in the fresh basil. Toss well. Stir-fry another 1/2 to 1 minute, or until the basil is wilted and the chicken cooked through.
    7. 7
      7.) Stir and transfer to a serving dish, or spoon directly over individual plates of plain steamed rice.
    8. 8
      Serves 6 to 8 with other dishes in a shared family-style meal.

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    Nutritional Facts for K-Jon's Spicy Basil Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (177 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 164.2
    Calories from Fat 108
    Total Fat 12.1 g
    Saturated Fat 3.0 g
    Cholesterol 47.6 mg
    Sodium 398.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 0.8 g
    Protein 10.6 g

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    sweet soy sauce

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