Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Recipe that uses a lot of basil: Thai Chicken and Basil Stir Fry

Even after my insalata caprese, I had a TON of basil to use. As you can see, the basil was already growing into the grow lights to the point where they started to burn!

So, I chopped and chopped until I had a beautiful bridal bouquet of basil. 

I went onto and clicked and clicked and clicked until I found a recipe that used a lot of basil. After going through tons of recipes that either called for dry basil or wimpy amounts of basil, I came across this one: Thai Chicken and Basil Stir Fry. 
 The ingredients are: 
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger root, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh basil leaves
Ah yes, 1 1/2 cups of chopped fresh basil leaves should do it.

The instructions were simple. The first step was to mix the liquid. 

In a bowl, mix the coconut milk, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, and red pepper flakes.

I had a hard time finding coconut milk, but ended up buying a juice box of O.N.E. Coconut Water which worked rather nicely.

The next step just involved chopping up a bunch of stuff and throwing it into a wok. Here's the stuff I chopped: 

    Stir in the onion, ginger, and garlic, and cook until lightly browned.

    Mix in chicken strips, and cook about 3 minutes, until browned.

    Mix in mushrooms, green onions, and basil, and cook until heated through.

    Serve over the cooked rice. 

    I gotta say, it turned out nicely. The dish was subtly sweet as Thai food is, with incredible savoriness from the fish sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, coconut, and of course the basil.

    Do you have a recipe that uses a tonnage of basil? Post it in our barely used Forum! :) 

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    I am delighted to have found your blog. I received an Aerogarden for Christmas and have planted the herb collection for my first run. I'm hoping I get as large a crop as you did and can then try many of your recipes. :) This one using thai basil sounds delicious!