Stir-Fried Chicken with Basil and Chilli

Preparation info
  • Serves

    Four to Six

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Thai Food and Cooking

By Judy Bastyra and Becky Johnson

Published 2011

  • About

This quick and easy chicken dish is an excellent introduction to Thai cuisine. Thai basil, which is sometimes known as holy basil, has a unique, pungent flavour that is both spicy and sharp. Deep-frying the leaves adds another dimension to this dish.


  • 45 ml/3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced


  1. Heat the oil in a wok or large, heavy frying pan. Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes until the garlic is golden. Take care not to let the garlic burn, otherwise it will taste bitter.

  2. Add th