Bangkok Chicken

Bangkok Chicken

Bangkok Chicken


Makes 4 servings


1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1 teaspoon anchovy paste or 1 canned anchovy fillet
3 cloves garlic, halved
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup drained canned button mushrooms or straw mushrooms
1 cup drained canned baby corn
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
Boston or romaine lettuce leaves
Red jalapeño or red Thai chili pepper* flowers for garnish

*Jalapeño and Thai chili peppers can sting and irritate the skin, so wear rubber gloves when handling peppers and do not touch your eyes.


  1. Cut chicken crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices; set aside.
  2. Place onion, anchovy paste, garlic and red pepper flakes in food processor or blender; process until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Heat wok over high heat about 1 minute or until hot. Drizzle oil into wok and heat 30 seconds. Add chicken; stir-fry until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove chicken to large bowl. Reduce heat to medium.
  4. Add onion mixture to wok; stir-fry 1 minute. Add mushrooms and corn; mix well. Add soy sauce and sugar; stir until sugar dissolves. Return chicken to wok; stir-fry until heated through. Add basil; toss gently to combine.
  5. Line serving platter with lettuce leaves. Spoon chicken onto lettuce. Garnish, if desired.


Basil has a wonderful aroma and its flavor ranges from peppery and robust to sweet and spicy. Its color can be various shades of green or purple.

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