Spicy Garlic Chicken

Last week I whipped a new dish. I was craving some Chinese but didn’t want the breading, frying or rice, just some good intense flavor with heat.

Note there are 3 herbs listed without quantities, these were not part of my original dish. I felt it lacked something so I consulted a dear friend who is also an amazing chef by day to give me some pointers on what to add. She suggested the Thai basil, shiso, and cilantro or any combo of the 3 will top off the dish nicely. The Thai basil and shiso are purple in color and you should be able to find them in any Asian market or if in Texas, Central Market. I plan to make this again tonight since I now have the herbs fresh from her garden. So excited she grows the herbs herself and shared with me! Cannot wait until dinner!

spicy garlic stir fry chicken 1Spicy Garlic Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped

1/4 t white pepper

2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 T ginger

2 T red chili flakes (or less depending on your heat level)

Thai Basil




1 T Rice Vinegar

2 1/1 T soy sauce

1/2 t brown sugar

1 T potato starch

Combine all ingredients for the sauce and set aside.

Toss chopped chicken with white pepper and olive oil and cook in a wok or skillet on medium-high heat until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

Chopped fresh herbs and set aside.

Add garlic and chili flakes to the wok and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Pour in sauce and stir well cooking until it is thick. Add water if needed. Incorporate the chicken to the sauce in the wok, stir to coat evenly, cooking for 2-3 minutes to ensure sauce and chicken have combined well. Toss in herbs at the last minute, toss a few times to incorporate.


*Since I am the only one in the house that loves good, hot, intense heat I was able to dine on this dish for a few meals. I loved the dish more each day as the flavors continued to marry together in the fridge. Each evening the heat was a little more intense and wonderful. This is a great dish to cook ahead and store in the fridge to help make dinner easy for a night or two!


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