James Carrier
Makes 3 or 4 servings

Thai basil adds an anise nuance, and cinnamon basil contributes notes of spice to this quick chicken stir-fry; however, other basil varieties work well too. Serve with hot cooked rice. Asian fish sauce is available in most supermarkets and in Asian grocery stores.

How to Make It

Step 1

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick strips 2 to 3 inches long.

Step 2

Place a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat; when hot, add oil, garlic, ginger, chili flakes, and the chicken. Stir often until chicken is no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 3

In a small bowl, mix broth, fish sauce, and cornstarch until smooth. Add to pan and stir until sauce is boiling, about 1 minute. Add basil leaves and stir just until barely wilted, about 30 seconds. Add salt to taste and pour into a serving bowl.

Ratings & Reviews

joeymaggiesmom's Review

July 01, 2014

Edward227's Review

June 26, 2014
I was excited by the list of ingredients but was disappointed by the pale bland sauce that was runny. Make sure you have a piece of basil in every bite to get that blast of flavor.

MaryJane1's Review

June 24, 2014
Very good, easy, and fresh.

jadotkay's Review

March 31, 2014
I used fresh quality ingredients, but end result was no flavor.

Joycat3's Review

January 25, 2014
This was very tasty-next time I will increase the ginger a bit because I'm a ginger fiend

jebavonct48's Review

April 26, 2012
I have no clue why some found this bland. I followed the recipe to the letter although I used soy sauce because I found I did not have fish sauce. My husband even liked it. Will definitely make again. I have an Aerogrow that gives me tons of basil and this is a great way to use a large quantity all at once. (I have tons of pesto frozen!)

aimeeh's Review

November 23, 2011
I doubled the recipe. We love leftovers. I lightly floured the chicken to give it a semi crispy breaded taste. I added red pepper, zucchini, squash and carrots all sliced fairly thin. I thought this was very bland. I didn't want to over salt it but I added some soy sauce which made it a little better. It just lacked flavor. It would be great if someone had a good suggestion on how to fix that.

iheartfoodmpls's Review

August 23, 2011
I LOVED this! However I did add about a tablespoon of brown sugar to the broth mixture, 1 chopped green bell pepper after the chicken has browned, and 1 medium chopped tomato 1-2 minutes before serving. Delish!

Marcdwyer's Review

August 02, 2011
I added carrots, squash, and broccoli to make this a well rounded healthy dinner but the lack of flavor just didn't blow my family away.

user's Review

April 09, 2011
This recipe tasted great. I made exact as the recipe is written. Next time I will add lots of veggies. This portion was VERY small.