Thai Chili Basil Chicken Stir Fry

You may have noticed, I’ve been cooking Thai dishes in a row and that’s because Thai food is one of my favorite dish to make. My obsession with Thai food will continue and this Thai Basil Chicken is just the tip of the iceberg.

There’s something intriguing about chicken mixed with chili and garlic and delicately flavored with the licorice flavor of sweet basil.

Besides, this recipe is super easy to make, it only takes 15 minutes and your dinner is ready to devour. And the taste is truly just like what you get at Thai restaurants, something you’ll get from the streets of Thailand with the fried egg of course.

Thai Basil Chicken

#ThaiBasilChicken This Thai Basil Chicken only takes 15 minutes and the taste is truly just like what you get at Thai restaurants, something you’ll get from the streets of Thailand with the fried egg of course.

Three preferred kinds of basil used for Thai cooking are Thai sweet basil, holy basil, and lemon basil. Holy basil has a peppery flavor that delivers the zing to Thai Basil Chicken but isn’t always available outside of Thailand.

If you don’t find it at a specialty produce shop or local Asian market, substitute Thai sweet basil. Add just a pinch of white pepper to deliver a unique peppery flavor.

Thai Basil Chicken

Like many Thai recipes, this dish is a one-plate meal. Double the ingredients if you’re cooking for two.

Put the utensils, pans, and ingredients on the counter in order of their use. Start by cooking a pot of rice (Jasmine is especially tasty!) so it is ready to eat when the Thai Basil Chicken recipe is completed. The average cooking time for the recipe is 15 minutes – just enough time for the rice to be done!

Thai Basil Chicken

Heat the oil in a skillet. Don’t add the egg until the oil is hot. Unlike ordinary fried eggs, the Thai method adds an extraordinary amount of crispiness to the outer edge.

Carefully put some of the hot oil on top of the yolk. Can you see how appealing the egg will appear when added to the rice and chicken?

Put a paper towel on a saucer to absorb the extra oil from the cooked egg. Remove the egg from the skillet and put it on top of the napkin until the rest of the recipe is completed.

Now make the Thai Basil Chicken.

Thai Basil Chicken

Rinse and cut the chicken into small pieces. This step can be done ahead of time if you like. I find it very convenient to have it ready to drop into the pan.

Rinse and peel the garlic and chilies. Use a pestle and mortar to grind the chilies and garlic for this meal. Coarse grinding allows the oils and juices from these two ingredients to flow freely. The result? A spicy taste that appeals to the appetite!

Mince or use a garlic press if you do not have access to a pestle and mortar. The taste will be almost the same as what you get from the original method.

Thai Basil Chicken

Gently pull off a large handful of basil leaves. Rinse the leaves and pat them dry. Set them aside for a few minutes.

Heat the wok on high, adding a tablespoon of oil.

As soon as the oil gets hot, add the garlic and chilies. I always start stirring them immediately, so they don’t dry out or burn. Doesn’t the aroma make you hungry? The natural oils blend together and send a delicious fragrance throughout the kitchen. It’s hard to believe this step takes just 20 seconds!

Now add the cut chicken. Continue the stir-fry process as you spread the pieces across the bottom of the wok. Allow 4-5 minutes for it to cook. Turn the pieces so all sides are browned and the meat cooks through.

Thai Basil Chicken

Add the seasoning sauce and a tsp of sugar and stir-fry until the sauce thickens.

Now comes the best part! Fold the basil leaves into the chicken. If you’re using a gas stove, turn the flame off. If you have an electric stove, turn off the heat and move the wok off the burner.

Thai Basil Chicken

It only takes a few seconds to cook the basil. Continued heat makes the basil chewy and less colorful.

Place some rice on a third of the plate. Place the egg on one side and the Thai basil chicken on the other. You’ve created a delicious meal you, your friends and family will enjoy eating any time of year.

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Thai Basil Chicken

Thai Basil Chicken

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Recipe by: Calleigh |
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Thai

This Thai Basil Chicken is super easy to make, and the taste is truly just like what you get at Thai restaurants, something you’ll get from the streets of Thailand with the fried egg of course.

Thai Basil Chicken


201.3 kcal
  1. 7-8 small red fresh Thai red chilies
  2. 7-8 cloves of fresh garlic
  3. 1 lb boneless chicken thigh (thinly cut into small pieces)
  4. 1.5 cup Thai basil leaves
  5. 1/2 halve of red bell pepper
    Seasoning Sauce:
  1. 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  2. 1 tbsp light soya sauce
  3. 1 tbsp dark soya sauce
  4. 1 tsp Gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste fermented) - this is optional but taste better
  5. 5-6 tbsp chicken stock (or water)
  6. 1 tsp brown sugar


  1. Mix the seasoning sauce and set aside.
  2. Coarsely slice the garlic and chilies and pound together in a mortar and pestle
  3. Heat some oil in a wok and sauté the chili garlic mixture.
  4. Add the chicken and cook and stir for 5 minutes or until done
  5. Add the seasoning sauce and stir well until thickens. Add the bell peppers and stir quick.
  6. Turn off the heat and add the basil leaves. Give them a quick stir and you're done.
  7. Serve hot with rice and fried egg.

Nutrition Facts

Thai Basil Chicken


Amount Per Serving
Calories 201.3 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.72 g 13.4%
Saturated Fat 2.23 g 11.2%
Trans Fat 0.04 g
Cholesterol 43.37 mg 14.5%
Sodium 1344.01 mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 19.16 g 6.4%
Dietary Fiber 2.73 g 10.9%
Sugars 9.0 g
Protein 12.2 g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

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

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31 thoughts on “Thai Chili Basil Chicken Stir Fry”

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  5. Basil!!! love any dish with basil on it. Hmmm.. the smell goes thru the monitor that makes me drooling. With the addition of over easy egg? Sign me up, please!!

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  8. Thai basil chicken is one of hubby’s favorite takeout dishes! Its awesome to find a quick and easy recipe for it! Also, it is perfect for Stir Fry-day!

  9. Quick, easy and very flavorful chicken, that doesn’t take that much time to make it. Right up my alley. I’ll have to make this soon.

  10. This thai basil chicken looks delicious, I agree with you this is better than any take out. I like the way you spiced up with thai chili and garlic. Yum.

  11. The Thai Basil Chicken looks soooo good and definitely one of our Fav Thai recipe to make at home. The combination of fresh spices/herb just makes it even more tantalizing!

  12. Me and my family are a big Thai food and flavors fan!! This is something I will definitely try in my kitchen.!

  13. Thai chilies and basil gives good aroma in any dish. This looks like perfect and flavorful meal.

  14. I love Thai basil I actually grow it in my garden and try to use it in so many dishes. The plating of your recipe is so tasty I enjoy eggs so this is a dish I would be happy to dig in.

  15. This is perfect for me! My kids don’t fancy Asian so much but I love it.. So making one just for me would be ideal!! Love Thai food – saving this for later.

  16. Stir fry is one of my favorite things to make! So easy, but so good! Yours looks great. Saving for later 🙂

  17. I absolutely love that this setting is for one person. It is impossible to find meals that are only for one. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  18. Thai stir fry is my go to. I love the freshness of the ingredients, it ALWAYS turns out great:) Yours looks amazing!

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