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Chicken and Basil Stir-Fry

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If you see Thai basil (also called holy basil) at your market, give it a try. It has pointed leaves and tastes of mint, cinnamon, and licorice.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, June 2006

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices (longer pieces cut crosswise in half again)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 6 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, halved and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges
  • 2 bell peppers (red, yellow, green, or a mix, ribs and seeds removed), cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves, larger leaves torn in half
  • Cooked white rice, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Pat chicken pieces dry with paper towels. In a medium bowl, toss chicken with cornstarch until coated; season generously with salt and pepper.

  2. In a large wok or nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Cook half the chicken, turning once, until browned, but not completely cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with another 2 teaspoons oil and remaining chicken. Transfer chicken to plate. Set aside. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel.

  3. To skillet, add remaining 2 teaspoons oil, onion, and bell peppers; cook over medium-high heat, tossing often, until beginning to brown, 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  4. Add 1/4 cup water, vinegar, soy sauce, and chicken to pan; cook, tossing, until chicken is cooked through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in basil leaves. Serve immediately, over white rice, if desired.

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  • boodleBeck
    10 JUN, 2015
    This was absolutely fantastic! Even without the addition of red pepper flakes or hot sauce, it was still delicious. I can definitely see how it would be great with the addition as well.
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  • MS10532285
    13 MAR, 2014
    I had ingredients on hand I wanted to use, so I improvised quite a bit. I had only one red pepper, but I had broccoli, so I added about a cup and a half to the mix. I doubled the sauce and added about a tbsp of Sambal Oelek, a tsp of fish sauce, and 1/2 tsp of sesame oil. I was using leftover chicken breast, so I added the cornstarch to the sauce as well and added the chicken at the end to warm. Two tbsp of minced ginger went in with the garlic, and handful of cilantro with the basil. Loved it!
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  • Rachael0722
    26 APR, 2013
    We did this in cooking class and the kids loved it. We doubled the sauce and it was gone, like in a matter of minutes. Nothing like 8th grade boys.
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  • youngchef13
    10 APR, 2013
    Oh my goodness! I just want to say that Sarah Carey in my total inspiration. I am just 13 years old and have a passion for cooking and baking. Watching Sarah's videos gives me a realistic take on cooking and baking. All of the recipes are great especially considering that all of the recipes are easy, fun, and delicious even to a 13 year old girl. Thanks Sarah!
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  • Shonna Hill
    22 MAR, 2013
    I made this tonight. Living in Cambodia, I had a good idea what Chicken Basil is supposed to taste like, so added a good wallop of sambal oelek (hot sauce). I also used a wok and did all the chicken at once. It was delicious. My man is very happy. Served with brown rice.
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  • teachermum
    4 NOV, 2011
    Very good! I'm always looking for ways to use my abundance of basil and it tastes great in this recipe.
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  • TorontoSarah
    16 OCT, 2011
    Great Recipe, I prepared using a wok and served over whole wheat couscous for a healthier alternative to white rice. Once when preparing I was without fresh basil and put in a bit of dried when adding the liquid and it actually worked out fairly well ( not as good as the fresh but worked in a pinch!)
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  • Crafty1000
    9 OCT, 2011
    This recipe this great.I grow my own basil,so I used it instead of the thai basil.I turned out SUPERB.My family loved it. The chicken was moist and tender.I got the rice from a local chinese resturant.This is a hit in my family.THANKS
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  • ilovekentucky
    1 SEP, 2011
    This recipe is absolutely delicious, full of flavor (love that Thai basil) & easy , especially if the peppers, onion & garlic are prepped in advance. The only change that I made was preparing it in a wok. Definitely a keeper!
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  • abbeydabbydoo
    24 AUG, 2011
    Am 18 and teaching myself to cook. This was an awesome recipe to try out with my family and my younger siblings loved it :)
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