Thai Ground Chicken Basil Recipe -
Thai Ground Chicken Basil Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Thai Ground Chicken Basil

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"This delicious recipe most closely resembles my favorite Thai restaurant's Ground Chicken Basil. I've searched for recipes, but none gave this authentic taste. It's quick, and easy too! Serve with steamed rice if you like."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    20 mins


  1. Heat a wok over high heat until smoking. Pour in peanut oil, then immediately add garlic. Stir-fry garlic until it begins to turn golden brown, about 20 seconds. Mix in the ground chicken and continue cooking and stirring until the meat is crumbly and no longer pink, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the sliced chilies, soy sauce, and fish sauce. Cook for about 15 seconds to soften the chilies, then add the basil, and continue cooking until the basil has wilted.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 01, 2008

I would have given this recipe 5 stars but I did have to do some additions of my own. With the extra's I have to admit this dish is going into "my favorete's" recipe book. First, I didn't have any peanut oil or Thai chili's so I used 2 tbsp sesame oil and 3tbsp. of sweet chili sauce instead. As for the garlic it sounded like a bit much so I just used 5 large cloves minced. The additions where 1/2 green pepper sliced, 1/2 red pepper sliced, 1/2 white onion sliced, 2 carrots peeled/ julienned, and 1/2 lime zest/juice which were added before the basil and allowed to cook coverd on med-low heat for about 5-10 mins. Since I did add these extra's I also upped the amount of soy sauce to 3 tsp. and the fish sauce to 3 tbsp. Served with Jasmine rice and garnished with lime wedges and green onion. Sooo good. I think I will stay home for Thai more often.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 19, 2011

This was quite good, and quite quick and easy to make. Made this because we just bought a potted Thai basil plant; Thai basil is not the same plant as regular basil, and this recipe will not taste authentic without it. Note too that "black soy sauce" is NOT the same as regular soy sauce, but more like ketjap manis (thick and sweet).

Mar 05, 2009

My husband and I loved this recipe. Per other reviews, I made the following changes: in place of peanut oil, used sesame oil, used about 5 cloves of minced garilc, used lean ground turkey in place of the ground chicken, used 3T of sweet chili sauce in place of the Thai chiles, 3 teaspoons of lite soy sauce, 3T of fish sauce, used the juice of 1/2 a lime, sliced up 1/2 green bell pepper, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1/2 onion, and julienned 2 baby carrots. Next time I will add more basil since it does shrink up a lot, and if you like it spicy add some red pepper flakes to taste. Excellent!

May 28, 2007

I went to lunch at a Thai restaurant the other day and my friend ordered this dish. She let me taste it and I wished I had ordered it. This recipe came very close in flavor to the restaurant's. I didn't have any Thai chiles on hand, so I used jalapenos. Also added some ketsap manis, and some bok choy, just because we love it. I really liked this dish but it was a bit too hot for my husband. He didn't think he would like ground chicken and was surprised to find that he did. I will make this again, but will tone down the heat.

Apr 17, 2009

This was fantastic! I wondered about it, but decided to take a chance, and I'm glad I did. My husband especially loved it. I had dried (from the garden) basil, but it was still excellent. What a switch for a meal! The basil, chicken, and other spices just blend so well together. I don't think using ground pork or beef would give it the same flavor and character. If you have some ground chicken, take a chance on this one!

Sep 13, 2008

Very yummy! I made minor changes to suit what i had on hand. I used ground turkey instead of chicken, I didn't have the thai peppers, so I used Lee Kum Kee Chili pepper sauce. I added some shredded cabbage as I was sauteeing the was a great addition! We ate this in lettuce wraps.This would be great in potstickers also. Great base recipe! I would highly recommend!

Sep 14, 2007

I subbed 2 TB diced jalapenos for the thai chiles and added a tsp of thai chile paste. Only had a little fresh basil around, so I supplemented that with cilantro. Turned out great (3* HOT) and served on a bed of cabbage, it tasted like "larb gai."

Jul 24, 2007

I was not sure we could pull this off sucessfully with the limited ingredients we had, but regular soy sauce and sweet thai chili sause worked great and we put it on a bed of baby spinach borrowing the idea of wraps from the other reviewer. Smelling like garlic is worth it for this one.


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  • Calories
  • 273 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 10.7 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 29.4 g
  • 59%
  • Sodium
  • 769 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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