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Spicy Thai Basil Chicken

Spicy chicken sauteed with thai basil and vegetables.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course


Chicken Marinade

  • 1 pound chicken breast thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon tabasco spicy sauce optional
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing cooking wine
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • 2 tablespoon corn oil 1 tablespoon for frying chicken and 1 tablespoon for frying garlic
  • marinated chicken
  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing cooking wine
  • 1 lemongrass cut thinly
  • 2 thai chilis
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 pieces thinly sliced celery optional
  • ½ thinly sliced carrot optional
  • ½ white onion sliced
  • ¼ pound Thai basil roughly chopped
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce


Marinate Chicken

  • Thinly slice chicken breast and place in a bowl. To marinate the chicken, add the following ingredients: 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon, 1 teaspoon tabasco spicy sauce (optional), 1 teaspoon fish sauce, 1.5 tablespoon corn starch, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tablespoon, shaoxing cooking wine, 1/4 tsp white pepper, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. Mix together in one direction to help with myosin development, which yields more tender chicken. Marinate for 15 minutes while you prep the stir fry ingredients.

Prepare Stir-Fry

  • Cut off the top of the lemongrass. Peel 3-4 outer layers off leaving the tender stem. Discard the top and outer layers. Cut the center stem in very thin slices. Set aside.
  • Thinly cut thai chili and mince garlic. Set aside.
  • Thinly slice celery, carrot, and onion. Set aside.
  • Roughly chop thai basil and set aside.


  • Heat wok or pan to high. Once the wok gets really hot (smoke is coming out), add 1 tablespoon corn oil. Fry marinated chicken for one minute.
  • Add 1 tablespoon shaoxing cooking wine and saute chicken for 5 minutes total. Set aside. The chicken is almost cooked and will be added to the stir fry again.
  • Heat wok on high again and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Fry garlic, thai chilis and lemongrass. Then, add carrots, celery, and onions and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add chopped thai basil and squeeze half of a lemon. Add chicken (from step 2) back in. Then, add 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon and 1 teaspoon fish sauce in the wok.
  • Fry for 2-3 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the thai basil has wilted. Hope you enjoy with hot white rice or a fresh salad!



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 A good substitute for shaoxing cooking wine is dry sherry or sake. If you can't have alcohol or don't have it on hand...you can omit the alcohol.

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