Chicken and Basil Recipe.

This is the first in a series of healthy cooking guest posts by Nick Kindrick of www.thrivewithnick.com. Nick is a good friend of mine (and costar of Underwear Yoga) – and a fabulous cook to boot. Bon appetit!

It’s summer time and I have a glut of basil. Here’s a delicious, healthy recipe that will help you use up this delicious herb.

Serves 4

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1″ piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 jalapenos, serranos or fresno chiles, minced
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp red pepper sauce such as Sriracha
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups fresh basil, torn

Dry the chicken breasts with a paper towel and then cut into bite size chunks.ย  Peel the ginger (this is most easily done with a spoon). Finely chop the garlic, chiles and ginger. If your knife skills are not so great, you can also do this in a mini food chopper, along with a little bit of olive oil.

Warm a saute pan on the stove with medium to medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and toss the salt on top.ย  Stir just until the chicken begins to brown (about 3-4 minutes). Then add the garlic, chile and ginger. Be careful not to burn this, as both garlic and ginger naturally contain sugars, which can burn easily.

After a minute or so, add the soy sauce, the chile pepper sauce and sugar. Continue to cook for 3-4 more minutes. If the pan becomes dry, you can add a little more soy sauce. Add the basil and cook for another minute, or just until the basil has wilted.ย  TASTE to correct. If it needs a little more salt, add another pinch.

Enjoy! If you give it a try, let me know what you think!

Comments

  1. Most chilies and I don’t get along. Are there any suggestions you have for keeping the layer of extra flavor without them? I know I could just leave them out but the essence would change.

    Thanks!

    • Mosaic Dave says:

      Consider using Jalapenos but omit the seeds and the white ribs from the inside of the peppers. The actual fruit of these peppers isn’t very spicy and without the seeds and ribs you get all the taste and only about 1/4 of the heat.

  2. Basil and Sriracha…. best ingredients in the whole dish. I’m gonna try this either tomorrow night or Thursday night. I’ll post a video response on one of your youtube videos. Do you have a forum on this site? I could post some pictures there, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Perfect timing for this recipe. Sounds like dinner tonight!

  4. sounds good!

  5. TerrenceM says:

    hmmm Neat recipe! I want to see more in the future!! :]

    [I could really use a wish right now…]

  6. It was delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Brettfurd says:

    This sounds amazing, my boyfriend is constantly making renditions of chicken for me for dinner since I cannot cook but this seems relatively easy for me to try and make for him sometime! Thanks Davey! Oh, and also my boyfriend is allergic to peppers, what would be a good substitute?

  8. the perfect sunday dinner. this was fantastic and is at the top of our favorites list. we had some steamed garden fresh zucchini and onions on the side. MMMMM

    thanks for sharing – can’t wait for more.

  9. Kjell-Magne Olsen says:

    what the can I use instead of red pepper sauce for they do not sell it here????

  10. Jacob Flippin says:

    I had friends over for dinner and cooked this along with steamed broccoli and the Davey Wavey Salad. It was so good. Thanks for the recipe. You should make a video of you cooking this as well as other recipes.

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