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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.  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.  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.  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!