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Stir-fried chicken with chillies and basil

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Stir-fried chicken with chillies and basil

Main Serves 4 20 min
This very quick chicken dish is based on a favourite Thai street food recipe. Reduce the amount of chilli if you don't like things too hot. You could substitute fish - especially squid - or beef for the chicken, or use tofu if you are vegetarian. Serve with rice.


  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, skinned and thinly sliced
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 bird's-eye chillies (if you like it hot) or 2 mild red chillies, deseeded and sliced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1½ tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1¼ tbsp palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • leaves from a bunch basil


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 10 min
  • Step 1

    Heat the oil in a wok, add the chicken and stir-fry over a high heat until it turns white.
  • Step 2

    Add the spring onions and chillies and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  • Step 3

    Add the sauces and sugar and toss briefly, then add the basil leaves.

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