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Thai Basil Chicken

Thai Basil Chicken-Make this takeout at home in less than 20 minutes. It’s insanely flavorful,healthier, and lighter than the takeout version and guaranteed hit with the family.
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Keyword chicken, quick and easy, thai
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 225kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic sliced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons fish sauce or more adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves about 10 or more leaves


  • If you are serving with rice start cooking the rice before you start making the chicken
  • Heat oil in a wok or saucepan swirl to coat pan and then add onions, garlic, sriracha sauce and pepper flakes sauté until fragrant. About 2 to 3 minutes. Be careful not to let it burn
  • Add chicken, cook until chicken is longer pink and it is slightly brown. You may add a  little water , if desired to prevent burns. 
  • Then add soy sauce, sugar and fish sauce- continue cooking until the sauce thickens and the chicken is fully cooked.
  • Finally stir in the basil leaves. Turn off the heat once the leaves are wilted.
  • Transfer to a serving plate and serve with rice.


  1. Thai basil chicken is pretty spicy while this one has quite a kick to it; it is definitely on the mild side. Instead of using the “super hot”  red chili pepper, I sub with sriracha sauce and pepper flakes.
  2. If you are heat seeker definitely add more chili sauce or use the spicy red chili, if you can find them.
  3. For an extra special touch, light fry basil until crispy and use as garnish.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 742mg | Potassium: 375mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.4mg