Basil Chicken - Aromatic and Healthy Basil Chicken Stir Fry
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Serves: 4 People
To smash using Mortar and Pestle or Coarsely grind
  • Garlic- 3 cloves
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 inch
  • Green chilies- 2, chopped
  • Shallots or Pearl onions, chopped- 3
  • Fresh Basil, leaves- 15
  • Black peppercorns- 1 tsp
Other ingredients
  • Vegetable oil- 2 tbsp
  • Chicken breast, strips or diced- 2 chicken breasts, boneless
  • Onion, chopped- 1, large
  • Green pepper, diced- 1, large
  • Soy sauce- 3 to 4 tbsp (low-sodium)
  • Sambal Oelek- 1 tsp ( or use chili powder or cayenne pepper for making it spicy)
  • Ground pepper- ½ tsp (for spice if needed)
  • Salt- very little
  • Sesame oil- 2 tsp
  1. In a mortar and pestle or in a blender coarsely grind the above mentioned ingredients "to coarsely grind". Don't make into a paste.
  2. Place a large wok or non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add vegetable oil.
  3. Add the coarsely ground ingredients, saute till light golden in color.
  4. Add diced chicken, very little salt, combine well and cook covered.
  5. When the chicken has almost cooked and some water still remaining in the pan, add onion and green pepper.
  6. Stir fry for sometime till the veggies have turned tender but still crispy. Do not over cook it.
  7. Add basil leaves, saute well.
  8. Add soy sauce, sambal oelek, ground pepper, saute for a few minutes.
  9. Taste and add salt if needed.
  10. Sambal Oelek is added for spice, if you don't have it you could add more ground pepper/chili powder or cayenne pepper.
  11. Finally, drizzle sesame oil, combine well and remove from the heat. Keep it covered for sometime.
  12. Serve with rice or over rice noodles.
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