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Braised Chicken With Asian Basil

We have had some weird weather here for the past week. Few days of sunshine with highs of 19˚C , just nice for outdoor cooking. Then the temperature plunged to about 9 to 12˚C, accompanied with rain! Oh well, guess it's time for comfort food again. I dished out some tasty homey meals for the family and one of them is this Braised Chicken with Asian or Thai Basil. Do try my recipe ya??

Braised Chicken With Asian Basil


750 g Chicken Drumsticks & Breast, cut into smaller pieces
8 Cloves Garlic, lightly crushed
8 Slices Ginger
1/3 Cup Sesame Oil
1/3 Cup Chinese Rice Wine
1/4 Cup Light Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Cup Asian (Thai) Basil


Heat the sesame oil in moderate to high heat, browned the chicken pieces.

Then add in the garlic and ginger. Stir until the garlic is light golden in color and fragrant.

Mix in the light soy sauce, rice wine and the dark soy sauce and continue stirring for about 5 minutes.

Reduce the heat and gently simmer the chicken until they are fully cooked and the sauce is thicken. Finally, add the basil and cook for another minute. Serve immediately.


  1. look so delicious your 3 pei chi!! make me hungry just looking at it!

  2. This may be a stupid question, but how does Asian basil differ from regular basil?

  3. I have used Thai basil in a Thai chicken dish. I totally adore the flavour!

  4. This looks fabulous and super easy! Thanks for the recipe! I am looking for a recipe with a very dark sauce for Chicken Basil Stir Fry that I have at a local restaurant here and I'm pretty sure it incorporates the dark soy sauce. Now I have another use for the huge bottle I purchased!

  5. @beachlover: Thanks and you should try to make them ;)

    @Coleen's Recipes: The Asian basil has a more assertive taste than the sweet basil and thanks for commenting.

    @Mrs Ergül: Yes, I totally agree with you :)

  6. Hi Angie - where do you buy Asian basil in Vancouver? I can never find it!

  7. Hi gigi, I shop most of the Asian herbs and ingredients at Chinatown. The shop's name is called Wong Xin Market and they're located at 747 Gore Ave. Hope this helps ;)

  8. Thanks! I will go check it out this weekend then. :)

  9. Hi there.I made this dish 2 nights ago. Thanks for the recipe. It was really nice. Just a tad bit too salty for our taste.


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