Not long ago, I have tried a similar version of this dish using minced pork which you could refer to the recipe HERE. And for this "Stir-fried Chicken Fillet with Thai Basil Leave" dish, I replaced the minced pork with chicken fillet strips which brings up another flavour and texture to this unique Thai street food. I am sure it would be a popular choice for those who prefer lean meat such as chicken breast meat which is low in fat content.
For a change you transformed this dish into a great party food too by serving it in a smaller portion inside a small lettuce cup. This enable the guests to pair it with cold beers or other side dishes. Perhaps a glass of red wine would be great to accompany for this dish during festive season too.
These are the ingredients and steps on preparing the chicken fillets with basil leaves:-
Ingredients: (serves 2)
300g Chicken Breast Fillet, cut thick strips
1 Cup Thai Sweet Basil Leaves, include the flower
4 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped
2 - 3 shallots, finely slices
2- 4 Small Chili, roughly chopped
2 Tablespoon Cooking Oil
2 Tablespoon Thai Fish Sauce
1 Teaspoon Dark Soy Sauce
2 - 3 Tablespoon Water
Lettuce Cups for serving, optional
1. Pick the clean leaves from the basil stalks and discard the hard stems, rinse and set aside.
2. Heat up the wok with oil till hot, throw in chopped garlic, shallot and chillies and stir-fry for a few second till light brown.
3. Stir in chicken fillets and stir-fry until the chicken changes colour, drizzle in dark soy sauce and fish sauce; continue to stir and mix well to allow the chicken to adsorb the seasoning.
4. Next add basil leaves and give it a quick stir for a few seconds to mix well with the chicken before add in the water and continue to stir-fry for a few seconds or until the leaves are wilted.
5. Remove the wok from heat, dish up the chicken mixture and serve it on prepared lettuce cups on the side of the steam white rice and a fried egg.
With this quick and easy recipe you could easily prepared different versions of this stir-fried dishes using Thai basil leaves to impress your family or guest in less than 30 minutes. Or if you prefer something more Oriental, use the Thai Basil leave to cook the well-known Taiwanese poultry dish known as “Three Cup Chicken - 三杯鸡“ which you can find the recipe in another separate post here.