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The Best Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry

If you like spicy dishes then you are going to LOVE this healthy Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry recipe. The dish is full of veggies and can be prepared in one skillet. Serve with some rice and it’s a great Thai dinner for 4-6 hungry folks.

Basil Chicken Stir-Fry

This recipe came about because my husband absolutely loves spicy Thai dishes, but where we live there is only one Thai restaurant, and the spicy dish he tried there was not spicy enough.  I found a spicy shrimp recipe in a magazine and made some modifications to suit our tastes and voilà!  Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry.

It does take a little bit of time to get all of the vegetables prepped, but once the prep work is done, the rest goes by fast.

sliced bell peppers and onions

We julienne a red and green bell pepper and also cut an onion into slices roughly 1-2 inches long.

carrot slices

For added texture, we slice a couple of peeled carrots on the diagonal.  There are times that I will use pre-sliced carrot slices for convenience.  There is nothing wrong with taking a few shortcuts here and there.

chopped jalapenos

For heat, we use sliced jalapeños and serrano chiles, leaving the seeds in. For less heat, you can remove the seeds.

basil

You can’t have Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry without basil.  I find it sometimes easier to buy one of the organic whole plants at the grocery store because it takes about a cup of basil in this recipe.  I wash the leaves and roll them up and then slice them thin.  (This is called chiffonade.)

Once all of the prep work is done, it’s time to get cooking!  We like to serve this over a bed of jasmine rice.

How To Make Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry

For this delicious chicken dinner recipe, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly cut on the bias
  • 2-3 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2-3 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 2-3 carrots, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green bell peppers
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 cup quartered button mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic, optional
  • 2 thinly sliced serrano chiles
  • 2 jalapeños, sliced
  • ½ – 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, sliced into thin ribbons

Once you have everything prepped, you begin by cooking the chicken in sesame oil until it is no longer pink. Remove it to a plate and set it aside.

Next, whisk together the chicken broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Set aside the mixture.

Now, heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over high. Add onions and carrots and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Add bell peppers, water chestnuts, and mushrooms and stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes.

Add the cooked chicken, garlic, jalapeños, and serrano pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the broth mixture and simmer until thickened, about 1-2 minutes.

Finally, stir in the basil and heat until it has wilted (about a minute). Serve with rice to round out the meal.

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Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry

If you like spicy dishes then you are going to LOVE this Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry recipe. The dish is full of veggies and can be prepared in one skillet. Serve with some rice and it’s a great Thai dinner for 4-6 hungry folks.
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Thai
Keyword chicken, chicken dinner, stir-fry, Thai
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 736kcal
Author Lynda

Ingredients

Cook:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly cut on the bias
  • 2-3 Tbsp sesame oil

Whisk:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch

Heat:

  • 2-3 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 2-3 carrots thinly sliced on the bias
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green bell peppers
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 cup quartered button mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic optional
  • 2 thinly sliced serrano chiles
  • 2 jalapenos sliced

Stir In:

  • ½ – 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves sliced into thin ribbons

Instructions

  • Cook chicken in sesame oil until no longer pink. Remove to plate and set aside.
  • Whisk together broth, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over high. Add onions and carrots; stir-fry 1-2 minutes. Add bell peppers, water chestnuts, and mushrooms; stir-fry 1-2 minutes.
  • Add chicken, garlic, jalapenos and serrano and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in broth mixture; simmer until thickened, 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in basil and heat until wilted (about a minute). Serve with rice.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 736kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 36g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1584mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 21g

This Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry recipe has become a family favorite, thanks to flavor profile and heat.

If you like spicy dishes, too, then you will probably like my recipe for Peppered Cornbread which is made using habanero cheese and jalapeños, as well as my recipe for Pineapple Habanero Jelly, which when served with crackers and cream cheese is a great appetizer.


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Recipe Rating




Kim Delatorre

Friday 27th of March 2020

Wow! This looks SO good! I am definitely trying this recipe. We LOVE stir fry!!! Also, your pictures are beautiful!

Kelly

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

Does the nutritional value include the rice? We are cutting carbs as much as possible.

Lynda

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

No, the nutritional information does not include rice. If you are cutting carbs, you could serve it with cauliflower rice. Hope you enjoy!

Holly

Saturday 20th of October 2018

This was a lot of work but it was excellent. I just used a tablespoon of oil each time and took the seeds ot of the serrano peppers and the flavor was awesome. I will definitely make this again.

Lynda

Sunday 21st of October 2018

Thanks for stopping by and sharing. It is a lot of work, but so worth it! Take care. <3

Geometry Dash

Tuesday 5th of June 2018

This Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry recipe has become a family favorite, thanks to flavor profile and heat.

Stephanie L. Robertson

Sunday 22nd of April 2018

Sounds great! Dinner tomorrow night! :-)