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Spicy Thai basil chicken

My hubby has been rockin' the kitchen lately. He has a really creative side to him, and I love when he expresses it with food. This is a recipe he has been perfecting for a while, and he made me promise not to write a post about it until he got it juuuust right. We were both extremely happy about how it turned out the other night, so I have been granted permission to share it!

By the way, it is another beautiful day here in Minnesota. I am loving this weather! I can't wait to get myself out of the house today. It's haircut day (I love haircut day!), so I get to venture out sans boys for a bit. Weeee!

In a medium bowl, combine:

1 cup fresh basil leaves

1 1/2 cups water

Fully immerse the basil in the water and let the leaves soak for 10 minutes.

Do the following prep work while the basil is soaking:

- Cut 4 defrosted chicken breast halves into 1-inch cubes.

- Thinly slice 3 shallots.

- Mince 8 large cloves of garlic (add to the bowl with shallots).

- Thinly slice 10-20 Thai chili peppers. 

Drain the water from the bowl with the basil leaves.

Tailor the amount of peppers used to your liking. A good substitution for 10 Thai chili peppers would be 5 serrano peppers.

Heat 3 tablespoons of peanut oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add the garlic and shallots and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

Add the chicken and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until the outsides of the chicken pieces turn white.

Add the chili peppers to the skillet, along with:

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon fish sauce

Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Add the basil leaves and cook until they become shriveled, about 2 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in 3/4 cup chopped unsalted peanuts.

Serve warm, over noodles or rice.

Printable recipe: Spicy Thai basil chicken

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Reader Comments (5)

I LOVE Thai food! It's probably one of my all time favourite ethnic cuisines. I love the peanuts on top as well, definitely a great way to mix up the texture and flavour of a dish! Another Pip dish for the Must Make List!

03.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

I think I would pick "Meyer Lemon with Lemon Thyme, Limoncello and Lemon Peel" as well!

03.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSally

this dish looks incredible! i really love thai food, especially the dishes with crushed peanuts- they give such a nice crunch!

What type of noodles did you use in this dish? Where did you find the peppers? A specialty store? It looks amazing!!!

05.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristy

Hi Christy! I used udon noodles and they went great with the dish. I found the peppers in our local grocery store. I think they are pretty easy to find.

05.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPip & Ebby

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