Stir-fried Minced Chicken with Basil

Take the chillies out of Thai food and it works great for kids.  This is my variation of a popular Thai dish that is served in lettuce cups.  My kid cannot/will not eat raw vegetables (bye-bye lettuce) so I add frozen mixed vegetables to the dish to make it a one-pot meal.  If you want more fat content for the skinny kids or just more taste serve this with Stacie’s Coconut Rice.

Stir-fried Minced Chicken with Basil

I love this dish and it is traditionally made with searingly hot Thai bird’s eye chillies which might be a little bit much even for adults.  I made this recently for my daughter and she gobbled it up.  She even ate the basil since it was from our garden!  Serve with noodles or rice.

Serves 2 adults and 2 kids


1-2 tbsp vegetable oil

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

pinch of chilli flakes – optional

1 lb ground chicken/turkey – dark meat

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp soy sauce

½ tbsp oyster sauce – optional

½ cup mixed vegetables – fresh or frozen

handful of fresh basil leaves


  1. Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan.  Add minced garlic and chilli flakes (if using) and stir constantly to make sure that neither the chilli nor the garlic burns
  2. After about a minute, add minced chicken and break it up with your spatula and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes
  3. Add the mixed vegetables
  4. Pour over mixture of soy sauce, sugar and oyster sauce and fry for a further 4-5 minutes
  5. Stir in basil leaves and fry for another minute.  If you are feeling indulgent and want to dirty another pan fry the basil leaves in some oil and mix them in after turning off the heat for the chicken and vegetables.  We love crunchy basil!

14 thoughts on “Stir-fried Minced Chicken with Basil

  1. I love this recipe, it reminds me about my childhood. But I would add fish sauce a little bit to kick an extra Thai flavour. Thanks for sharing.

  2. We just made this tonight (well, my husband did) with asparagus, broccolli and cauliflower added, using dark ground turkey (they were out of ground chicken). HUGE hit with 7 and 10 year old! Thanks and keep ’em coming!


  3. We made this tonight — ground turkey, with chopped zucchini and fish sauce instead of soy (we’re gluten/soy/casein free here!). It was wonderful! Picky 3 & 5 year olds loved it!

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  5. I made this tonight with a handful of changes…fish sauce instead of oyster sauce, omitted the chili flakes (the little one doesn’t have a taste for hot yet) and added juice from one lime. It was delicious and both daughter and husband ate every bite. Thank you so much for the inspiration! This recipe will go into regular rotation in my weekly meal planning.

  6. Thanks for the great recipe! We’ve made this several times–we use lots of veggies and oyster and fish sauce. It’s great and my 2 year old eats it up…I’ve been serving it with jasmine rice and/or lettuce leaves to wrap it.
    Thanks again! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

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