Spicy Basil Chicken

  • lynnmarlyn Posted: 07/07/14
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    This was easy and delicious. I doubled the sauce and added more samba loveless because we like it spicy. Will definitely make this again.

  • contentedgirl Posted: 03/20/12
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    I made this tonight and loved it! It was very simple to prepare, even though I accidentally bought skinless bone in chicken thighs. I loved the flavor of the sauce, and it went so well over the Brown Rice with Sesame. I will be making this one again!

  • LauraJM Posted: 03/18/12
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    Delicious! I made this with chicken breast tenders (what I had on hand; ~26 oz) and dried basil (forgot to buy fresh--oops). Otherwise, I made this as stated and it is delicious. The sauce didn't need any real 'thickening' time as the ingredients didn't make much. It could be the additional 2 oz of chicken I used but I doubt that would have left much extra. The sauce covered the chicken just fine... just don't expect any to sop up into rice if you made it.

  • JackieP021 Posted: 05/01/12
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    Very tasty! I did not think this dish was very spicy. I might add more chili sauce next time. Mine came out quite salty. Did I do something wrong? Either way, I'll be making it again.

  • missmandy2025 Posted: 04/01/12
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    Simple, tasty ingredients = a delicious meal! Husband approved. Will definitely make this again!

  • JillyBurke Posted: 04/30/12
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    Packs a lot of authentic Asian flavor. The brown rice accompaniment didn't go over so well due to the fact that it was minute rice. Snow peas weren't too bad.

  • missakay76 Posted: 04/06/12
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    This was delicious, and super quick! Thursday nights I have a very limited window to make dinner, and this was a perfect recipe for a worknight meal. I did use the fish sauce, but did not add the spice because I made it for my kids. My little ones raved about it, and my husband loved it as well. This will definitely make it into my recipe book! I served it with brown rice and the garlicky asparagus from the same issue. (Meant to make the sesame brown rice but couldn't find my sesame seeds and realized I didn't have enough lime juice....) I also halved the chicken but kept the same amount of sauce.

  • Malindaskitchen Posted: 03/19/12
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    A new staple recipe! It may even be the new favorite Asian recipe for our house.I followed the recipe exactly. It came out wonderful. A very rich flavorful sauce that wasn't too salty. I served it with barley and a salad, making a nice light meal. Though I would consider doubling the recipe since I have teenagers.

  • nicccolettte Posted: 10/01/12
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    Quick and easy to make. I followed the recipe as written, except i doule the sauce as my husband is a fan of sauce. I thought it was pretty spicy but the husband thought it was perfect and asked for it to be added to our regular meals.

  • Clobberella422 Posted: 09/01/12
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    This was pretty good (if pretty standard, as others have mentioned). I doubled the sauce and threw in a spoonful of hoisin to make it more interesting, and stir-fried some zucchini and orange bell pepper and threw it all together. Served it over jasmine rice. It was a healthy, filling meal for a weeknight.

  • Jane1019 Posted: 09/16/12
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    We love this dish and make it exactly as written.

  • teafortwo Posted: 03/28/12
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    This is a winner. I have made it twice. The second time I added peanuts to the chicken, grated lime peel and ginger to the rice and added some garlic to the snow peas and red peppers. Delicious!

  • BrittBradley Posted: 03/14/13
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    This was a really tasty, but we basically tripled the amount of liquids because we prefer saucier mains. Also, we bulked up the greens.

  • mllemadison Posted: 04/11/12
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    This recipe was so easy! Served over the sauteed snow peas and peppers. The slightly sweet sauce went well with the bitterness of the snow peas. Will definitely make again.

  • erikisst Posted: 07/14/12
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    So quick and easy! Made with the Sauteed snow peas and peppers and brown rice with sesame. All paired well together. Really loved the flavor. Will be making again!

  • Kristinakl Posted: 10/31/12
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    Delicious! So easy and so good! Will definitely make again.

  • liafinney Posted: 05/24/12
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    Pretty basic stir fry, but tasty. Used green beans that I had parboiled first and added when I was just about ready to serve. Made a little more sauce, as I know my husband would drown it in soy sauce if I didn't. We enjoy siracha, so added more at table. Served with white rice cooked with homemade chicken broth. Nice light dinner and on the table fairly quickly. Basil made a nice addition and I'm looking forward to my either my purple or my thai basil growing sufficiently this summer to use next time.

  • pdxcook Posted: 04/03/12
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    Very tasty dish. Took some of the previous commenter's advice and doubled the sauce, except didn't feel the need for salt. Added some minced fresh ginger to the chicken saute and also several vegetables. Had mushrooms, red pepper and snow peas on hand this time. I like another reviewer's suggestion of sprinkling peanuts on top, next time.

  • 2rdmitcg Posted: 04/27/12
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    super easy and restaurant-delicious without the msg and extra fat. sooo good and fast.

  • carolfitz Posted: 03/22/12
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    Very easy. Used breasts instead of thighs because that's what we had in the freezer, otherwise followed recipe. Loved the garlic & chiles. Rather than rice, served with small portion of flat noodles & CL's sauteed snow peas and peppers. (Also made the salad from CL's spinach salad with spiced port and ginger dressing.)

  • skspillman Posted: 04/13/12
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    I doubled the sauce and used four BLSL chicken breasts instead of thighs. I kept everything else the same and served over white rice with the juice of one lime and a tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds. I served this alongside the Sauteed Snow Peas and Red Peppers, but next time I think I'll mix the veggies in with the chicken and sauce. I will make this again--tastes like a dish I like from Pei Wei!

  • acmeinecke Posted: 05/21/13
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    My husband made this one for us (very thankful for the myrecipes.com program that allows him to get online, look up our recipes for the week and start cooking when I'm unavailable). The whole family loved this, including a two-yr-old and picky 5-yr-old. I'm sorry to say that I don't know what alterations I can report (other than using bnls/sknl breast instead of thighs) b/c my husband said the computer went dead so he had to wing it at the end, and doesn't remember what changes he made. We served with white rice and had no complaints of it being too spicy from our kids.

  • ktleyed Posted: 05/03/13
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    Pretty good, but definitely you need to double or triple the sauce.

  • sobgila Posted: 04/03/12
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    Very good. Followed directions, but cut chicken in half fr 2 servings - but did not half sauce - was appropriate amount of sauce. Nice and spicy as is.. Added mushrooms halfway thru chicken cooking. Served over brown rice

  • adairpete Posted: 05/08/12
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    First of all I modified this recipe a tad to fit the ingredients I had on hand. I used chicken tenderloins not thighs, and 1/4 tsp red curry paste and 2 pinches red pepper flakes instead of the chili paste. The result was a spicy chicken dish that was delicious! I love finding fast and easy sauces to perk up plain old chicken and this recipe did the trick. Would highly recommend and will definitely try again! Put chicken over brown and wild rice, but next time might try over cous cous.

  • NancyOBrien Posted: 06/26/13
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    This is amazing! I double sauce and cook with boneless, skinless chicken breast. I use Costco chicken, 1 individual pack that has 2 large breasts. Freeze breasts for 5 min or so then slice into chunks. Do not over cook breasts. 5 min total depending on how thick you cut them. I've made this several times

  • LauryPflaum Posted: 04/04/12
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    We loved this, quick and easy.

  • saj723 Posted: 06/19/12
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    Both my husband and I thought this dish was delicious! Very easy to make, and tasted great the next day for lunch as well. I was a little hesitant about the spice, so I didn't use the full amount of chili sauce, but next time I think I'd add even more than the recommended amount as it didn't have any kick (but was still tasty!). Might follow another reviewer's suggestion of adding red chili paste to the dish as well. Very easy + very tasty= will make again!

  • BettishaCrocker Posted: 04/13/12
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    Loved the simple recipe. Boyfriend, who is Vietnamese, said it is similar to one of their traditional dishes. It was a great meal served with brown rice and the sauteed snow peas.

  • anneinpdx Posted: 03/30/12
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    Holy moly, this was GOOD! I made a double batch and I'm glad I did. I added a red pepper, sliced in strips, and some broccoli florets before adding the chicken. I forgot to add the basil at the end, but it didn't seem to matter. It was so flavorful - my husband loved it!

  • abbyandchris Posted: 03/20/12
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    Great weeknight meal. Used chicken breast instead of thighs and ommited salt. Otherwise followed directions exactly. I servered it over steemed broccoli for myself and pea pods for my husband. We both really liked it, there was just enough sauce and just enough heat. Will make again.

  • aahayes Posted: 03/31/12
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    I didn't think this dish warranted 5 stars like other reviews, but it's a decent basic brown sauce. Actually, with a little tinkering it could be much better. I thought it would be delicious with a handful of peanuts thrown in, or a sprinkling of ginger when sauteing the chicken. Also, some vegetables to add more interest to the dish. For future reference, I used 3 chicken breasts (that's what we had in the fridge) and doubled the sauce. It was the perfect amount of sauce.

  • Hayfor22 Posted: 05/03/12
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    Loved this recipe!! Made it over wild rice! Amazing! Used thin chicken breasts, and doubled the sauce based on other reviews. I like my rice drenched in sauce. Easy to make, and definatley a staple!

  • KellyDiff Posted: 03/31/12
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    Great quick weeknight meal. I added baby kale and sugarsnap peas because I had them on hand. Surprisingly, my 3 year old LOVED it, and gobbled up every bite. Glad I used thighs, which had a little more complexity than skinless breasts, although the recipe would be fine with breasts. Served on wild rice.

  • LouisePearl Posted: 07/02/14
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    This entire meal is delicious and very quick and easy to make. I'd serve it to company, or it can be a quick weeknight meal.

  • Denise001 Posted: 08/06/14
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    What a winner! Had Thai basil from our garden and added some sriracha for extra zip. Any veggies that can be stir fried are good additions especially for a splash of color.. will make again.

  • CarrieLMB Posted: 09/12/13
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    A nice dish. Added snow peas and mixed in chicken breast meat. Will use all breast meat next time.

  • steponme Posted: 09/05/13
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    Made the suggested sesame rice (used basmati brown rice) and snow peas with peppers; my mouth was watering with anticipation as I prepared everything; sat down to eat and my mouth was not disappointed; great combination of flavors, great meal.

  • ophecap Posted: 07/23/13
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    Just made it today....I highly recommend this recipe... Easy & Flavorful! I did make some adjustments... I used boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins instead of the thigh meat (I used what I had in the fridge). Also I added some sesame oil in with the canola oil and some fresh ground ginger. I believe the ginger gave it a boost of flavor. Will I make this again? You Betcha!

  • seejay85 Posted: 07/29/13
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    My husband and I LOVED this chicken. Made it last week, and making it again this week. I tripled the sauce (maybe could of even quadrupled it) and added some red pepper flakes because the chile paste I had wasn't that spicy. Served with jasmine rice and sauteed zucchini and garlic with soy sauce. SO GOOD! Kinda tastes like a spicier version of kung pao chicken to me.

  • Semiresponsive Posted: 08/07/13
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    I made this along with the suggested sides of sesame rice and snow peas & peppers. I thought the entire meal was excellent. However, the sauce for the chicken really made the meal. This was incredibly easy to prepare (if a little pan/dish intensive - especially if you like to assemble all the components of a recipe before putting it into practice). Thank goodness for a dishwasher! Anyway, this will definitely be something that gets thrown together for company. It borders on restaurant quality and I'd imagine, with some repetition and personal taste tweaking it'll be there in a heartbeat!

  • roweena Posted: 07/28/13
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    This was really good considering there was not much to preparing it. I will definitely make this again. I might add sliced water chestnuts like my daughter suggested. I liked the sugar peas & red bells with this, too. Brown rice is perfect with this but it always takes so long for brown rice to cook! I did not like the lime flavor, though; nor how 'wet' it made the rice.

  • lksmithnj Posted: 07/24/13
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    I'm not sure I can add anything new to the other comments below, except to say that next time I might top the plated chicken with sliced scallions, chopped cashews or toasted pine nuts for some crunch and variety. Chicken thighs are very flavorful and juicy, and the whole recipe pairs very well with snow peas and sugar snaps seasoned with toasted sesame oil. As written, this isn't spicy so consider adding red pepper flakes if that's what you're looking for. I will be making this again; the entire family was happy with it and it's fairly simple to make.

  • LindsayUzzie Posted: 09/10/13
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    I used more oil than was called for (probably about 2 TBSP) and replaced the sugar with a squirt of honey. This was a wonderful recipe!! Served it with jasmine rice and stir-fried veggies (carrots, broccoli, green onions, mushrooms, green beans). Loved it!

  • baldimom Posted: 07/25/13
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    It's tasty, but salty, so no extra seasoning needed. The sauce really disappears, so if you want a little extra like the picture, I think you'd need to double the recipe (that's what I plan for next time). I think it would be delicious with tofu or pork, and I think I will add snow peas and other veg in for a one-dish meal.

  • susi973 Posted: 07/08/13
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    This was very yummy! I doubled all the sauce ingredients and added a pound of steamed string beans right before I added the basil. Stirred to coat and mix all the ingredients!

  • maclean92 Posted: 01/27/14
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    My only complaint was that it didn't make enough! Everyone in my family loved this recipe!

  • phoov23 Posted: 06/28/14
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    This is a great dish that lends itself to additions. I had extra chicken and added broccoli and orange peppers in the last 5-6 minutes of cooking. I doubled the sauce to accommodate the extra food and it was fantastic! Served it over the rice recipe, which I thought was good on its own, and fantastic with the basil chicken. Not a fan of the 'instant' brown rice so I used jasmine. I had all the sauce ingredients on hand and highly recommend investing in fish sauce as it just cannot be duplicated. It gives the dish true Thai flavor.

  • caneriver Posted: 07/03/14
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    I substituted tofu since we don't eat meat and it worked well.

  • zarf46 Posted: 07/25/13
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    This recipe was very good with the following revisions: I used chicken breasts instead of thighs, used Chile garlic sauce, 1 jalapeno pepper and light Coconut Milk and Cilantro. After adding the fish mixture to pan, I felt it needed something so I added the light coconut milk and it was outstanding. I served it over Trader Joes Jasmine rice

  • silverblue78 Posted: 06/27/14
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    if you're able to get it, thai basil would be a better substitute.

  • Fran0831 Posted: 07/25/13
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    Very tasty, added some red peppers to the mix for extra vegetables. WIll make again

  • stellacorona Posted: 06/28/14
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    very good! house smelled great as well ! used boneless breasts. doubled the sauce if not tripled ….thought i had too much fish sauce but it was really ok. used the honey and no extra salt like others had mentioned. used the whole package of basil. made a stir fry with multiple veggies and jasmine rice. will make again.

  • daneanp Posted: 12/01/13
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    Quick, easy, and delicious. I served it with the snap pea recipe and jasmine rice. Everyone loved it. Chopped peanuts would make a good garnish.

  • GlenGerson Posted: 07/23/13
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    These look so delicious,I saved these on my favorites, and I can't wait to try them!

  • SWoodPGH Posted: 08/01/13
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    So easy to prepare & the sauce was delicious! Will definitely make again.

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