Monday, May 9, 2016

Thai Basil Chicken

First post. Since getting married and moving in together with my husband, I've been waking up early to cook for his breakfast and lunch. So I thought, why not make a blog to share whatever I prepare for him for the day.

I always prepare a real meal for his breakfast, his lunch and a sandwich for his snack. We're Filipinos, as expected, my husband thinks that a real meal means having rice and whatever dish of meat.

Today, I made Thai Basil Chicken. Well, this is actually a modified version of Pad Krapow Gai, I didn't really use any thai spices. Husband and I bought the cheapest chicken thigh pack from costco, we got 6 packages with 4 thighs of chicken for each pack for $11 and some change. That's a lot of chicken just for the two of us, so I've been really trying to make a new chicken dish for him.

This pack is really not the best because it has a lot of chicken fat and skin. I usually just throw that part but for this recipe I was able to use it.

Thai Basil Chicken


2 pieces of chicken thigh
2 teaspoons of oyster sauce
1 teaspoon of soy sauce
3/4 teaspoon of sugar
(i started with 1/2 teaspoon and tasted it, 
my husband doesn't really like salty food so I added 1/4 teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
(i started with 1/8 teaspoon and tasted it, you can add more if you want
a spicy thai basil chicken)
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 stem of spring onion, separate the white part
red pepper, sliced thinly
fresh basil leaves

2 pinches of salt (optional)
2 pinches of dried basil (optional)

1. Remove the skin and fat from the thigh. 
Slice the fat and skin in smaller pieces. 
Chop the chicken meat in smaller portions.

2. Heat your frying pan. 
When it's ready, put the chicken skin and fat so you can extract the oil. 
Stir it once in a while so it won't burn.

3. Sprinkle 2 pinches of salt on the chicken meat.

4. Prepare the sauce and set aside. 
(I used 2 teaspoons of Oyster sauce, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, 
3/4 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper)

5. Prepare the garlic, red pepper and spring onions.

6. Once the chicken skin is turning brown, saute the garlic, 
half of the prepared red pepper and the white part of the spring onion.

7. Once the red pepper looks soft, add the chicken meat and stir fry.

8. Add 2 pinches of dried basil while you stir fry the chicken.

9. Add 1 tablespoon of the prepared sauce to the chicken. 
Continue stir-frying.

10. Once the chicken is already cooked, 
add the rest of red pepper and the rest of the sauce. 
Coat the chicken with the sauce.

11. Add the fresh basil leaves. Serve.

Thai Basil Chicken
On the same pan, I made a fried egg.
 I didn't add any oil on the pan or even use salt on the egg.

Husband's lunch. There's white rice underneath this amazing Thai Basil Chicken.
I tasted it and it's really good. I had some of the sauce on the plate so I scraped it using
left over rice.... next dish to prepare is Fried Rice for husband's breakfast!

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