Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Quick Easy and Healthy Basil Chicken - Kids Friendly too!

Hi! I'm back! ... Back from our fun and fabulous Osaka plus Singapore holidays. Our holidays was so good that my son actually had tears in his eyes when the plane touched down at Melbourne airport.

"I missed all the fun and food that we had." said my son in a sorrowful voice.

"I know. Me too but we must all know how to 知足常乐." I replied. The Chinese idiom zhī zú cháng lè means being content and appreciative will make everyday happy and I hope that my son will understand this meaning...

Now back to our daily life, we are craving for fresh and healthy home cooked food.

Are you the same after a holiday that indulge in rich and delicious food?

Here's a simple home-style chicken dish that my husband absolutely adores!!! Interestingly, this delicious dish has converted my basil-hating son to enjoy eating basil too!

Hence, without saying much, I'm happy to show you how I cooked this easy, healthy and flavoursome 知足常乐 dish and hope that you will like it as much as we do.

Quick and Easy Basil Chicken
This flavorsome and sweet-smelling dish is the best to enjoy with plain white rice.
This I say... 100% satisfaction!!!

It's so easy!!! Watch my one-minute video to see how I cooked this simple yet very satisfying meal.

Here's the recipe.

Serves 4

For the rice:
300g (1 1/2 cup, 375ml) jasmine long grain rice, washed and rinsed until the washing water is no longer cloudy and thoroughly drained in a sieve*
2 cup (500ml) water*

*If you choose not to use a sieve to drain the rice thoroughly, you can assume that the amount of the retaining water in the roughly drained rice is about 1/2 cup (125 ml). Hence, instead of adding 2 cup (500 ml) water into the thoroughly drained rice, you can add 1 1/2 cup (375ml) water into the roughly drained rice.

For the chicken:
lime juice, freshly squeezed from 1 lime
1 tsp light brown or coconut sugar
1 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp (about 20 ml) cooking oil or more if required
2 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp finely grated ginger
1 red chilies, finely chopped - you can use either long or the hot bird-eye (more spicy) or more chilies according to your preference.
600g skinless boneless chicken thigh fillet, thinly sliced
4 spring onions, roughly cut into 2-3 cm pieces
basil leaves, about 100g from a large bunch

To serve:
crispy fried shallots
coriander leaves
sliced chilies

To cook the rice:
You can use either a rice cooker or a large cooking pot to cook the rice. If you are using a cooking pot, add water into the rice and bring the rice mixture to boil. Reduce heat to very low and simmer for 15 mins without stirring or until all the water has been absorbed. Then, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid. Turn off the heat and allow the rice to rest for at least 10 mins. Please note that this resting step is very important.

To cook the chicken:
Combine lime juice, sugar, fish sauce and soy sauce in a small bowl. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

Using HIGH heat, heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a wok or a large frying pan. Add garlic, ginger and chili. Stir and fry for about 1 min or until fragrant. Remove garlic mixture from the frying pan and add another 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil to heat.

When the oil is hot again, add chicken and cook for about 5 mins until the chicken is nicely browned and thoroughly cooked. Note: For me, I always prefer to cook the chicken in two batches - see the above video. To do so, cook half of the chicken first until they are nicely browned, then remove from the frying pan. Heat another 1/2 tbsp oil and cook the remaining chicken until nicely browned. This additional cooking step will make sure that the chicken are all nicely browned without releasing too much of its juice.

With all of the chicken still in the frying pan with high heat, add the cooked garlic mixture back into the frying pan and cook for about 1-2 mins with continuous stirring until all are well incorporated.

Turn off the heat. Stir in spring onions, basil and the fish sauce mixture immediately while the chicken is still hot.

Taste and add more fish sauce or soy sauce if desired. Garnish with crispy fried shallots, coriander leaves or extra sliced chilies if desired.

Serve immediately with steaming hot rice.

Happy Cooking
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  1. So glad you had a good holiday! This chicken looks great- Love the basil. I only wish I could have it on my table as quick as your video! :)

  2. Zoe, I love basil chicken because the basil is so fragrant and makes the dish even more appetizing! Glad to know that you and your family had a great holiday :)

  3. Your instagram pics had me salivating and making lists of places to eat when we head to sibgaporr next week... hehehe love this delicious chicken dish.