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Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Photo by: Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

Spicy Basil Chicken

Substitute lower-sodium soy sauce if fish sauce is difficult to find. The flavor won't be as complex, but soy sauce will still add a salty note. You can also substitute thinly sliced Thai bird chiles or jalapeño for the sambal oelek—or leave it out completely if you'd rather enjoy a mild dish. Serve with Brown Rice with Sesame and Sautéed Snow Peas and Peppers.

Cooking Light APRIL 2012

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 3/4 cup)
  • Hands-on:19 Minutes
  • Total:19 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 6 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce

Preparation

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots and garlic to pan; cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add chicken to pan; cook 13 minutes or until chicken is done. Combine fish sauce and the next 6 ingredients (through salt) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add fish sauce mixture to pan, and cook for 1 minute or until mixture thickens, stirring to coat chicken. Remove from heat. Stir in basil.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 291
  • Fat: 15.2g
  • Saturated fat: 3.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.6g
  • Protein: 31.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 5.6g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Cholesterol: 112mg
  • Iron: 1.9mg
  • Sodium: 615mg
  • Calcium: 31mg
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