Basil and Thai chicken

A tasty Thai dish that is a healthy choice for dinner.

Basil and Thai Chicken stir fry served with rice

Our Basil and Thai Chicken is packed with healthy sugar peas, cashew nuts and capsicum and is ideal served with steamed jasmine rice or noodles. It is ready in just 25 minutes.

Time: 25 minutes

Serves: Two


  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 10 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • A handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar peas, sliced diagonally into 1cm pieces


  • Toss the chicken in flour, then fry in oil with the garlic. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Stir fry the onion and shallots until the onion is transparent.
  • Mix the oyster sauce, sugar and soy sauce together. Pour over the onion mixture and stir in the chicken, sugar peas, basil and cashews.


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16th Feb 2017
Why do chicken recipes always insist on using chicken breasts? They are the worst bits of a chicken, dry and often sticking in your gullet. Skinless thigh fillets are always better, specially for stir fries.

Take heed people!
16th Feb 2017
I'm with you Jennome thigh fillets are always my choice
16th Feb 2017
Also, the photo has nothing to do with the recipes. It's got carrots in it, what looks like beans and broccoli. Where's the basil leaves and sugar peas (whatever they are)? Presumably either sugar snaps or snow peas. The ingredient list doesn't mention onion, but they're in the Method, not to mention an unnecessary mountain of (presumably)shallots/spring onions.

Doesn't anyone check these things????
16th Feb 2017
also I saw what looked like either zucchini or cucumber
16th Feb 2017
Onions are indeed in the ingredient list Jennome.
go veg!
16th Feb 2017
This looks delicious and is typical of stir-fries I often make with variations. However, if you research the horrific life and death of factory meat chickens you will surely wish to substitute a non-meat alternative. There are great options in the cold fridges at the supermarkets or tinned chickpeas or other beans are also great and full of protein. There is probably enough protein in the cashews for a single meal anyway. You could also ditch the oyster sauce. Farming animals is now completely different to the way most of us grew up with.
16th Feb 2017
Tenderloins are better yet again and have less fat than thigh fillets although you have to cut a bit of a strip of fat out...usually $12 per kilo in Woolworths...
16th Feb 2017
shallots are onions - just a fancy name and probably attract a fancy price tag at the supermarket. Thigh meat is the most tender and moist.
Pictures rarely resemble the ingredients list in this site. My many previous sarcastic comments are proof of this

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