Thursday, January 24, 2019

Thai Basil Chicken Bowls

It's cold everywhere even in parts of Arizona
Warm up with a satisfying meal Thai Basil Chicken Bowls  
Cook's Notes: As always prepping ingredients ahead makes assembly go so much faster. 
This 30 minute meal is less than 400 calories per serving. The recipe was quick to whip up, budget friendly and SO GOOD. Recipe adapted from damndelicious.net and serves 4 in medium sized bowls.
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 TB. olive oil
  • 3/4 cup each minced onions, mini sweet red, yellow and orange peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 3 TB. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 TB. fish sauce
  • 2- 1/2 TB. brown sugar
  • 2 TB. lime juice
  • 1-1/2 TB. hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 handful of torn basil leaves
  • Squirt or two of Sambel Oelek or Sriracha 
  • Optional crushed nuts
Directions:
  • Saute onions, peppers and garlic for 2 minutes. Cover and sweat 3 minutes more to soften. Set mixture aside.
  • In a bowl whisk cornstarch and chicken broth and add to soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, hoisin sauce and sesame oil. Mix well and set aside.
  • Cook meat until browned. Use a pastry cutter to crumble cooked meat. 
  • Add to the cooked chicken peppers, onions and garlic. Add in sauce and cook until thickened. Stir in basil leaves and cook until leaves wilted. Add in a squirt of hot sauce taste test before adding more.   
  • Cook jasmine rice to serve 4 following box directions. I used Minute Jasmine Rice that cooks in 5 minutes.  
A side note and don't laugh )
I may be the only one you've heard of who would bring their Asian/Thai supplies in a cooler all the way from Minnesota to Arizona so I wouldn't have to rebuy here. 

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