Thai Chicken with Basil and More Menu Suggestions-Hopefully With Tips!

Hi everyone. I was at a social gathering yesterday and a woman, Vicki, was telling me how frustrated she gets serving dinner to her kids. She said she felt like a “short order cook in a crappy diner with no tips”.

Again, I must sing the praises of my menu idea where there is little or no variance from the structured menu for each day of the week (see my blog post from Jan. 24th, 2008 to see my menu for my kids). If the kids eat breaded chicken on Thursday night and we don’t want that, we can set aside some chicken for ourselves and make my version of a tasty Thai favorite, Chicken with Basil.

Chicken With Basil (Pad Kra Pow)

2 chicken breasts, very thinly sliced and cut into 1″ pieces (can store in a tupperware in the fridge all prepped)
2 tsp canola oil
1 TBS soy sauce
3 TBS oyster sauce
1 TBS fish sauce
pinch of crushed red pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 ” piece of ginger, grated
2-3 cups fresh basil, rinsed clean
tsp or two of brown sugar if need be

Saute up garlic and ginger in a tsp of canola oil for about 30 seconds or so. Add more oil, chicken, then soy sauce, fish sauce, then oyster sauce and stir until chicken is cooked through. Add the red pepper, stir up for about a minute or two. Finally, add the basil and stir it all up until basil is wilted. Serve with jasmine rice or sticky rice. Enjoy!

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