Chicken Holy Basil

This is a Thai-inspired dish that I look forward to making when fresh basil is abundant. Traditionally, it has a bit of sugar in it and is served over jasmine rice. I eliminate the sugar and serve it with cauli-rice to bring the carbs down.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Servings 6
Calories 288.6 kcal


  • 10 cloves fresh garlic
  • 6 each fresh Thai chiles
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breast boneless & skinless
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cups fresh holy (or Thai) basil


  • Mash garlic and chiles using a mortar and pestle or the flat
    side of a large knife. Heat oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add
    garlic mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until garlic is just golden, about
    20 seconds.
  • Add chicken. Cook, stirring often, until chicken is cooked
    through. Stir in fish sauce, coconut aminos, and black pepper. Add basil. Cook,
    stirring constantly, for about 1 minute. Season with more pepper, if desired.
    Serve over rice and garnish with basil.