This is a staple of Thai cooking. Adjust the spices to your own tastes for a really great use for leftover rice!! I get the basil from a local Asian market. It has a different flavor than that of regular basil and makes all the difference in this recipe. It is fast and fairly easy to make, but requires constant stirring.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Whisk together the oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar in a bowl.

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  • Heat the oil in a wok over medium-high heat until the oil begins to smoke. Add the garlic and serrano peppers, stirring quickly. Stir in the chicken, bell pepper, onion and oyster sauce mixture; cook until the chicken is no longer pink. Raise heat to high and stir in the chilled rice; stir quickly until the sauce is blended with the rice. Use the back of a spoon to break up any rice sticking together.

  • Remove from heat and mix in the basil leaves. Garnish with sliced cucumber and cilantro as desired.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

794 calories; 22.1 g total fat; 46 mg cholesterol; 469 mg sodium. 116.4 g carbohydrates; 29.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2007
I am a connoisseur of Thai Basil Chicken dishes and this recipe is my favorite with a few modifications. I added 2 tblsp soy sauce to the oil/pepper/garlic after frying a bit. You should also add the fish/oyster sauce at this point before adding the other ingredients or it won't absorb evenly into the food - you'll probably get some bites that taste fishy. I also halved the oyster and fish sauce since the smell was...well..terrifying. With that amount it added perfectly to the flavor but wasn't a noticeable/dominant taste at all (no one would know it is in there). It's important to use fresh garlic. I also prefer to chop the chicken after slicing (or use ground chicken) so it absorbs more of the flavor. The hardest thing about this recipe is finding the Thai basil (different from Italian) I found it in an Asian market. You can substitute stir fry or wide rice noodles for the rice if you prefer. If you use wide rice noodles it's best to chop them up a bit so they absorb the flavor. Wonderful recipe - I'm so excited I found it! This will be a weekly recipe in my house! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/02/2011
Rice was too wet for my liking. Perhaps too much oil. Read More
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177 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 129
  • 4 star values: 38
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2007
I am a connoisseur of Thai Basil Chicken dishes and this recipe is my favorite with a few modifications. I added 2 tblsp soy sauce to the oil/pepper/garlic after frying a bit. You should also add the fish/oyster sauce at this point before adding the other ingredients or it won't absorb evenly into the food - you'll probably get some bites that taste fishy. I also halved the oyster and fish sauce since the smell was...well..terrifying. With that amount it added perfectly to the flavor but wasn't a noticeable/dominant taste at all (no one would know it is in there). It's important to use fresh garlic. I also prefer to chop the chicken after slicing (or use ground chicken) so it absorbs more of the flavor. The hardest thing about this recipe is finding the Thai basil (different from Italian) I found it in an Asian market. You can substitute stir fry or wide rice noodles for the rice if you prefer. If you use wide rice noodles it's best to chop them up a bit so they absorb the flavor. Wonderful recipe - I'm so excited I found it! This will be a weekly recipe in my house! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2007
I am a connoisseur of Thai Basil Chicken dishes and this recipe is my favorite with a few modifications. I added 2 tblsp soy sauce to the oil/pepper/garlic after frying a bit. You should also add the fish/oyster sauce at this point before adding the other ingredients or it won't absorb evenly into the food - you'll probably get some bites that taste fishy. I also halved the oyster and fish sauce since the smell was...well..terrifying. With that amount it added perfectly to the flavor but wasn't a noticeable/dominant taste at all (no one would know it is in there). It's important to use fresh garlic. I also prefer to chop the chicken after slicing (or use ground chicken) so it absorbs more of the flavor. The hardest thing about this recipe is finding the Thai basil (different from Italian) I found it in an Asian market. You can substitute stir fry or wide rice noodles for the rice if you prefer. If you use wide rice noodles it's best to chop them up a bit so they absorb the flavor. Wonderful recipe - I'm so excited I found it! This will be a weekly recipe in my house! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2008
Yummy! I'm a vegetarian who doesn't eat fish products--so I substituted fish sauce for soy sauce and substituted oyster sauce for a mushroom stir-fry sauce I bought at an asian market. Instead of chicken I added some delicious fried tofu. Great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2010
This is a great recipe. Here are my recommended changes: 1) Use 4 to 8 Thai "bird's eye" chili peppers instead of serranos. 2) Add the bell pepper when the chicken and onion are nearly done cooking so it won't overcook. 3) You can change the flavor of this dish a lot depending on when you add the fish/oyster sauce. Add it before the chicken and it will lose most of its characteristic Thai flavor. Add it a couple minutes after the chicken and you will keep some of the fishy Thai flavor. Or add it with the rice as instructed here and you retain a lot of the fishy flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2009
I did what one reviewer suggested and added the fish sauce and oyster sauce in the oil for a bit before adding the chicken. This is an old trick my mom uses to take the strong fish smell out of the fish sauce. I also had to add two extra cups of rice since it was quite wet. I'll have to try seafood or beef next time. Excellent dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2008
This recipe had very genuine thai flavor. Instead of sugar I substituted a bit of honey and only used a drizzle of oil to cut back on the fat. I also used brown rice and added a few handfuls of sugar snap peas to increase the serving size without increasing the calories by much. Excellent recipe and I can't wait to share it with all of my friends Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2010
As is this recipes is just so-so. With a few modifications it can be great! I use soy sauce instead of oyster sauce and I add a few extra tablespoons of it - but that's just a personal choice. What makes a HUGE difference is using real Thai chilis instead of serrano peppers. I personally use five chilis but I like it REALLY hot so normal people may want to use 2 or 3. I also cut the oil in half added 1/4 tsp of salt and added sliced shitake mushrooms. Awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2012
This recipe is easily one of my very favorite things to cook! All my friends LOVE and RAVE about it! I cook this in my giant propane outdoor wok that I bought from Bass Pro Outlets...cooking on it is quite a show for friends! I prep all the veggies in advance so when I'm ready I just throw everything in (in specific order of course!) I've made the following changes to an already outstanding recipe: I add more sauce (9 tablespoons oyster sauce 6 tablespoons fish sauce and 3 teaspoon white sugar). I add 2 chunks of finely chopped ginger with the garlic. I also add sliced carrots mushrooms and diced scallions. I scramble 6 eggs in advance and add them at the end. I occasionally substitute scallops or tofu for chicken. WOW this is great!! Everyone I've made this for wants the recipe!! (I can't figure out how to give this 10 stars so I'll have to give it only 5!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2007
This recipe was easy to make and it was very tasty. It is close to the dish I usually order at the Thai restaurants. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2009
My family loved this recipe! I could not find sweet Thai basil so I just used the Italian kind. Also I will use less oil next time. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/02/2011
Rice was too wet for my liking. Perhaps too much oil. Read More
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