I don't often come across a basil chicken dish in a Chinese restaurant. I love the taste of basil in pesto pastas and enjoy its flavors mixed with curry and stir fry dishes common in Thai cuisine. So, when I saw a basil chicken item on a traditional Chinese restaurant's menu, I had to try it. I loved it. It was a simple stir fry dish that really placed the flavor of basil in the spotlight. As a basil lover, I just had to recreate this dish at home. Here's what I came up with.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 Chicken Breast -- skinless and boneless chopped into 1/2 inch cubes.
3/4 cup chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce -- available bottled in most groceries.
4 Scallions (green onions) chopped
1 Jalepeno Pepper Sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil.
Step 1 Browning the Chicken: Heat vegetable oil to medium high in a Wok or Large Skillet. Add the chicken cubes and mushrooms and stir fry until meat is browned on all sides and mushrooms are soft (about 5-7 minutes).
Step 2 Adding Sauce & Spice: Add in the Hoisin Sauce, Chopped Scallions and Sliced Jalepeno Peppers. Stir fry all the ingredients together until the meat is well coated with the sauce (about 5 minutes).,
Step 3 Adding Basil: Basil wilts quickly under heat and its flavor works best with minimum amount of cooking. Add the basil last and quickly stir fry it into the ingredients for about 2-3 minutes and you are done. Serve hot with steamed rice.
If you tried this recipe, did you like it?