Thai Basil Chicken and Rice

Now since I had leftover Thai basil from the previous noodle recipe I decided to make some saucy Thai basil chicken served over white rice. This dish is full of vegetables and chicken simmered over a lovely sauce. It’s super fast and easy to make and it’s definitely a must try!


  • 1 cup of Basmati rice (Jasmine rice will also work well)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast slices thinly
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp puréed ginger
  • 1 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 2 1/2 cups red bell peppers roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup sweet Thai basil
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Green onions for garnish

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp puréed ginger
  • optional: 1 tsp hot chicken flavor bulwark sauce
  • optional : 2 tsp sriracha


  1. In a large bowl rinse and drain rice with water for a few times and then soak rice with water for about 30 min.
  2. In a medium bowl, add all the sauce ingredients and mix well.
  3. In a large pot add 1-2 tbsp of oil and heat to medium high heat.
  4. In a small bowl add thinly sliced chicken, 2 tsp of the sauce mixture, and 1/2 tsp black pepper.
  5. Fry chicken in the oil until cooked through. (It shouldn’t take long to cook because it’s sliced thinly)
  6. Add 1 tsp minced garlic and 1 tsp puréed ginger to the pot and mix well.
  7. Add in vegetables and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add all of the sauce mixture and mix well. Cook for a few minutes.
  9. In a small bowl make the cornstarch slurry but mixing the cornstarch and water until smooth.
  10. Add this mixture to the pot and mix well. It should start to thicken.
  11. Once the mixture has thickened, add the basil and mix well. Then add 1/4 cup of freshly hand torn mint leaves.
  12. Lower the heat to low, mix everything well and cook for 1 minute. Turn off heat, and set aside
  13. To make the rice, in a large pot add water and bring to a boil.
  14. Drain the rice and add to the pot of boiling water. Immediately stir so no clumps form.
  15. Cook for 5 minutes and then strain rice.
  16. To plate, add some rice to a bowl, top with sauce Thai basil chicken, and then garnish with green onions and fresh mint leaves.

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