Thai Basil Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Annie and David Toborowsky

"Basil chicken is a go-to dish in Thailand, especially for workers at lunchtime when they don't know what to eat. It’s easy to make and inexpensive."

Prep Time: 10-15 Min

Cook Time: 5-10 Min


  • 1/2 pound chicken breast, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 bunch Thai basil
  • 1/4 clove garlic, chopped into small pieces
  • Thai chilis depending on desired spice level, cut into small pieces**
  • 1/2 yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon black sweet soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 tablespoon palm sugar (substitute brown sugar if not available)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Heat vegetable oil on medium-high in a wok or large skillet.
  2. Add garlic and chilis until you can smell the garlic.
  3. Add the chicken and stir, 3 minutes.
  4. Add onion and stir.
  5. Add sauces and all remaining ingredients except basil and stir until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Turn off heat and add basil; stir and serve.

** Annie’s spice meter:

  • 1 chili is mild
  • 2 to 3 chilis make it medium
  • 4 to 5 chilis make it a little spicy
  • 6 chilis and up make it burn your ass!

Recipe © Annie Toborowsky(2020); Recipe © David Toborowsky(2020)

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