Fresh Thai Basil Chicken with Chili Garlic Sauce

Thai Basil Chicken with Chili Garlic Sauce

Thai Basil Chicken with Chili Garlic Sauce


  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken (breasts or thighs)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons toasted peanut oil or other high-heat vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 for 2 fresh red hot chili peppers such as Thai or habanero (depending on your heat preference),thinly sliced
  • 2 cups fresh Thai basil or sweet basil leaves


  1. Stir together 3 tablespoons of the fish sauce with the sake in a mixing bowl. Slice the chicken into 1/2-inch chunks. Add the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix the remaining tablespoon fish sauce in a small bowl with the soy sauce, sugar, chili garlic sauce and water until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Heat a large (12-inch) cast iron skillet or wok over medium-high heat until very hot. Add the oil and the chicken to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the meat is seared and cooked through, 10 – 12 minutes.
  4. Add the bell pepper and onion and continue cooking and stirring until the onions are softened, about 1 minute, then stir in the garlic and chili pepper.
  5. Stir in the soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Cook for another minute, then remove from the heat and add the basil leaves.

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