Oct 21, 2018

Thai Style Mint and Basil Chicken Stir-Fry

My earlier shiso chicken tenders recipe post was the result of absent mint leaves. Luckily, I finally managed to find a steady source of mint supplies at a grocery store inside a nearby department store. So here's what I intended to make before.

Thai style mint and basil chicken stir-fry -


  • 240 grams chicken tenders
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 3/4 cup basil
  • 1 purple onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 red chilies
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (plus 2 lemon wedges, optional)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Some fish sauce (optional)


Remove the tendons from chicken tenders and cut the meat into smaller pieces. Destem and slice the red chilies diagonally. Peel and roughly chop the garlic cloves. Peel and dice the onion. Peel and grate the ginger. Slice the lemon into wedges and squeeze some to get about 1 1/2 tablespoons of juice. Chop the mint and basil leaves.

Drizzle some olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Turn to medium high heat. Add in chopped onion along with 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Cook till the onion turns slightly translucent.

Add in garlic, chilies, and grated ginger, cook till aromatic but not burning the garlic.

Transfer the chicken over, give it a few flips and wait till about half way cooked through.

Add in 2 tablespoons oyster sauce and 1 tablespoon of sugar, cook for about 30 seconds.

Transfer chopped mint and basil over and give it a quick stir. Pour in lemon juice and cook till nearly dried up. Taste and adjust with fish sauce if a saltier taste is preferred.

Plate and sprinkle some black pepper over, and serve with lemon wedges.

Who said that mint leaves can only be used in drinks and dessert? I love how South Eastern Asian cuisine incorporate such aromatic herb to stir-fry dishes. Sourish, spicy, and salty, but yet all balanced with that refreshing touch. 

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