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Stir-Fried Chicken With Red Onion and Basil

Stir-Fried Chicken With Red Onion and Basil 2.000
May 19, 2004

"Serve hot": Those words often appear at the end of recipes.

But some dishes benefit from a few moments off the heat. It allows the ingredients to meld with one another.

This is one of those dishes. Taste the difference for yourself.

Servings: 2 - 4
  • 1 cup tightly packed holy basil, Asian basil or Italian basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped garlic
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks or wide half-moons
  • 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh green chili peppers, such as Thai, serrano or jalapeno (optional)


Cut the basil into chiffonade (very thin slices) or tear it into pieces. Set aside.

In a wok or large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the garlic and onion and toss to coat. Add the chicken and stir-fry until golden on all sides but not cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Add the fish sauce, soy sauce, water and sugar and cook, uncovered, tossing now and then, just until the chicken is cooked through and a thin, smooth sauce forms, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chili peppers, if using, and basil and toss well. Remove from the heat; set aside for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle. Serve warm, not hot.

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Adapted from "Quick & Easy Thai" by Nancie McDermott (Chronicle, 2004).

Tested by Renee Schettler.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 4): 183

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 11g 17%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 32mg 11%

Sodium: 883mg 37%

Total Carbohydrates: 7g 2%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 14g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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