Saturday, 18 October 2008

Garlic and Chili Chicken with Basil

It's been a while since I blogged about something I've cooked or baked so here goes.....

For our first anniversary we were given a cookbook published by one of the local schools. I have had a few recipes from it bookmarked for a while, but forgot I had this book until recently. I decided to make the recipe for garlic and chili chicken with basil because I had all the ingredients to hand and the recipe was also submitted to the book by one of the girls in my youth group whose mum happens to be an awesome cook! How could I resist?

I'm glad I made this, it was delicious and moreish, and was a great way to use up the chili I had. I'm looking forward to making more dishes from this book

Garlic and Chili Chicken with Basil


600g chicken breast, diced
1 small red chilli, deseeded and sliced
1 small green chilli, deseeded and sliced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed2 tsbp olive oil
1" ginger, peeled and finely sliced My addition to the recipe
2 tsbp lemon juice
1/4 cup oyster sauce
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup chicken stock
2 onions, diced
2 tsp cornflour
4 spring onions, sliced thinly
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

1. Combine chicken, chillies, garlic, lemon juice, oyster sauce and ginger in a bowl and leave to marinade for 3 hours.
2. Heat half the oil in a pan or wok. Stir fry the chicken until browned. Remove from the wok.
3. Heat the remaining oil in the wok and stir fry the onion and pepper until soft.
4. Return the chicken to the wok and add the cornflour and stock. Stir until the mixture thickens slightly.
5. Stir in the basil and spring onion. Serve with rice.


  1. I love chili! And the basil makes it kind of like a green chili, which is new to me.

  2. I love chilli & I love chicken so this dish is a winner for me :-)

  3. That looks like a yummy thai basil chicken I once had. Looks finger-looking good. Am glad you tried it Ruth!

  4. I love those community cookbooks - and this looks delicious!

  5. i am also glad you made this as they look so yumm

  6. Ruth this look so tasty I send you a recipe but I dont know if was in time, xxxGloria

  7. This looks SO scrummy Ruth! chili & chicken a great combo for a dish!

    Rosie x

  8. What a great combination of colors and flavors. I love Chili Chicken with Basil. Looks so delicious! Will try it soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

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