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Thai Chicken Basil Stir-Fry

Thai Chicken Basil Stir-FryThis exceptionally tasty Thai chicken dish with basil is not your average stir-fry! Expect rave reviews.

Recipe Ingredients:

Stir-Fry Sauce:
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons shaoxing wine or dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons wheat flour* mixed with 4 teaspoons cold water to thicken

Chicken and Vegetables:
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless, cut into 1/4 x 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
4 teaspoons finely minced fresh garlic
1 cup fresh green beans cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup onion, diced
1 cup Thai stir-fry sauce (recipe follows)
1/4 cup bamboo shoots, sliced thin
1 jalapeño pepper, diced
1 cup basil, coarsely chopped (Thai basil if available)

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Stir-Fry Sauce: (Make sauce first) In medium sized pan over medium-hot heat, stir together chicken broth, oyster sauce, Thai fish sauce, honey, shaoxing wine (or dry sherry) and sesame oil. Heat to a simmer. Once mixture reaches a good simmer, stir in the wheat flour water mix. Simmer briefly, approximately 30 seconds to thicken lightly.
  2. For Chicken and Vegetables: In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add the chicken, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring lightly, until chicken is cooked on outside, about 1 minute. Add ginger, garlic, green beans and onions. Stir. Cook for approximately one more minute. Add stir fry sauce, bamboo shoots and jalapeño pepper pieces. Stir. Reduce to simmer. Simmer until chicken is cooked and beans are crunchy tender, approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add basil and stir well to combine.

Makes 4 servings.

*Substitute with all-purpose flour or cornstarch.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): 246 calories; 9 g fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 10 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.