Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice

7 Aug

One of my favorite dishes to order at a local Thai place is Thai Basil Fried Rice, so I decided to try my hand at making it at home. It was very tasty! I don’t know if it is truly authentic, but certainly hit all the flavor notes I was looking for: spicy, salty, savory, and a touch of sweet.

Time: 30 minutes              Serves: 4

Ingredients


  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil (or cooking oil of your choice)
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 tsp crushed red pepper (-/+ to taste)
  • 4 green onions, white & light green parts sliced thinly, dark greens cut in 2-inch diagonal pieces
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into about 1-inch chunks
  • 8 oz. snow peas, trimmed & halved diagonally
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups cooked Basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup packed chopped Thai/holy basil or sweet basil
  • 2 small limes, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium seedless cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch slices

How to make it


  • Pour about 1 tbsp of olive oil into a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add shallot and sliced green onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and red pepper. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Move to one part of the pan or wok.
  • Add more oil as needed. Add chicken pieces. Cook on each side for about 4-5 minutes, or until cooked through and juices run clear.
  • Add snow peas and dark green parts of green onion. Stir well and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes.
  • Combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar in a small dish. Whisk to combine. Add to skillet. Stir well.
  • Add cooked rice and basil. Stir well to incorporate. Remove from heat.
  • Serve with lime wedges and sliced cucumbers.
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