My version of this classic Thai dish has spectacular taste even with regular basil instead of Thai or holy basil. The sauce actually acts like a glaze as the chicken mixture cooks over high heat. The recipe works best if you chop or grind your own chicken and have all ingredients prepped before you start cooking.

Chef John
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Whisk chicken broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, white sugar, and brown sugar together in a bowl until well blended.

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  • Heat large skillet over high heat. Drizzle in oil. Add chicken and stir fry until it loses its raw color, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in shallots, garlic, and sliced chilies. Continue cooking on high heat until some of the juices start to caramelize in the bottom of the pan, about 2 or 3 more minutes. Add about a tablespoon of the sauce mixture to the skillet; cook and stir until sauce begins to caramelize, about 1 minute.

  • Pour in the rest of the sauce. Cook and stir until sauce has deglazed the bottom of the pan. Continue to cook until sauce glazes onto the meat, 1 or 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Stir in basil. Cook and stir until basil is wilted, about 20 seconds. Serve with rice.

Chef's Note:

Makes 2 large or 4 small portions.

To slice basil leaves, stack about 5 of them and roll tightly like a cigar. Then slice into thin ribbons. Make a couple of cuts in the opposite direction for smaller pieces that cook faster.

Nutrition Facts

715 calories; 30 g total fat; 156 mg cholesterol; 1182 mg sodium. 58.6 g carbohydrates; 49.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2017
This was delicious! My first time using fish and oyster sauce though... I think next time I make this I might reduce the fish and oyster sauce by half but the rest of the recipe was spot on! I used serano peppers since I can't handle super hot and it worked out well for me but was still spicy enough for my heat loving husband. I will definitely be making this agian. We loved this dish! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/13/2018
What did I do wrong?! I followed the recipe word for word made absolutely no substitutes and the juices from the chicken totally took over the dish and ruined it. The oyster-fish sauce never thickened or caramelized leaving the chicken extremely bland. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2017
This was delicious! My first time using fish and oyster sauce though... I think next time I make this I might reduce the fish and oyster sauce by half but the rest of the recipe was spot on! I used serano peppers since I can't handle super hot and it worked out well for me but was still spicy enough for my heat loving husband. I will definitely be making this agian. We loved this dish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2017
This was delicious! My first time using fish and oyster sauce though... I think next time I make this I might reduce the fish and oyster sauce by half but the rest of the recipe was spot on! I used serano peppers since I can't handle super hot and it worked out well for me but was still spicy enough for my heat loving husband. I will definitely be making this agian. We loved this dish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2017
This is a great recipe! It was better than the expensive take out that I get. I doubled the sauce because I wanted to add some vegetables. I seared mushrooms in a cast iron skillet (hint: put in microwave for 30 sec and it will release water that doesn't allow them to brown) also added some bok choy. Yummy wish I had left overs. It was a little salty but I think I may have added a bit too much fish sauce. First time using oyster sauce and I love it. Thai basil is a great addition to the recipe. You can get it at your local Asian market. Thank you Chef. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2018
YUM! Great recipe. Chef John does say in his video that the cooking technique he used is not the "authentic" method but it gets the job done and it's likely that most home cooks will use a variation of his video method. My stove is also typical for American stoves and the burners do not generate the blazing BTUs needed for authentic "stir fry" cooking method that creates that wonderful caramelization without overcooking lean meats like white meat chicken and most cuts of pork. To get a better caramelization without overcooking/drying the meat I use the Chinese meat "velveting" technique and cook the meat separately from the veggies or rice when doing a fried rice. Velveting is very simple. Once you've cut the meat into small cubes slices or chopped then put the meat in a non plastic bowl and a bit of white wine soy and the very important corn starch mix to coat and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. The liquids will high salinity will seep into the meat bringing a bit more moisture into it and the corn starch will create a coating that tempers the high heat of the pan so that the meat cooks nicely yet retains its moistness. It is a WONDERFUL technique that works. Once everything is prepped heat up your pan with some oil in it. Don't use EVOO as it has a low smoking point and will burn too quickly with the high heat you need. Plus EVOO has a particular flavor that is better suited to salad dressings and low heat saute dishes. Once the oil starts to sm Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2017
Wow it was FANTASTIC! I followed the recipe to a Tee and wouldn't change a thing. As for the variables I used chicken breast instead of thighs a Serrano Pepper (with all seeds) and one little habanero pepper (used 4 seeds) 2 tsp palm sugar and regular basil. I enjoy a medium spice for the most part at restaurants and the pepper ratio I used worked really well very spicy but the flavorful kind. It will get you sniffling for sure! Tone down the spice by removing some seeds. I made it last week and I am making it again this week! A new dinner staple! Thanks Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2019
This is sooooo good! I made this to serve as lettuce wraps with some jasmine rice and veggie egg rolls. It was savory, sweet, spicy and delicious. Next time I will serve it with rice and a sunny side egg as suggested...but the lettuce wraps were an excellent alternative. Tip: Double or triple the recipe as the leftovers make a quick and delicious lunch for work! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2017
Fantastic! The hardest part was chopping up the chicken without a butcher knife. Might have to invest one because this was a hit in my house (also it looks like fun...and a great de-stressor:) ). Flavor was amazing! I had about 1-1/2 pounds of chicken and I doubled the sauce because we like enough sauce for the rice so soak up some. I served over jasmine rice. Everyone loved it and not a bite left over! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2017
This is absolutely delicious!! My husband would eat Thai food EVERY day if he could. I've always been so intimidated to try cooking Thai cuisine but Chef John made this so easy. I love love love Chef John's recipes & his videos are immensely helpful and priceless! Definitely chop chicken when it's still partially frozen! I backed off on the fish sauce a bit b/c it just smells so unappetizing and the 1st time I made this I felt like it was all I could taste...only used 1 tsp. of fish sauce and it's perfect for us. Also Chef John loooooves spice in his food. While I love spice too the rest of my fam isn't crazy about it so use peppers at your own discretion. I think I use 1 (sometimes only 1/2) serrano pepper seeded. This barely makes enough for 3-4. If making for a bigger crowd then I would double. Also make sure you have all of your ingredients prepped & ready since this cooks up FAST. In his video he actually cooks this in what looks like a cast iron skillet but I actually cook it in my wok. Have made this several times & comes out perfect every time!--thanks Chef John!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/13/2018
What did I do wrong?! I followed the recipe word for word made absolutely no substitutes and the juices from the chicken totally took over the dish and ruined it. The oyster-fish sauce never thickened or caramelized leaving the chicken extremely bland. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2017
I read the reviews before making and so doubled the sauce as that seemed to be a common thing. I used 3 chilli peppers and found it was only a hint of spice nothing over powering. Would definitely make again with additional Thai peppers and possibly bell peppers for colour. Edit: 3-4 chilli peppers seems to be right for us (5 was a bit too much although can handle). Half an orange bell pepper added nice colour to the dish. Take the time to cut up the chicken into smaller than bite sized pieces. Read More
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