Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry with Ginger Peanut Sauce | #recipe #healthy @roastedroot

Momma’s proud of this one, my babies.

Ruuuuhl proud. Like go to your kitchen and make it right now! You know what’s funny? Instead of typing, “kitchen,” I started typing, “chicken.” That’s what’s ruuuhl funny.

Now I’m visualizing a ginormous chicken standing in the hallway of my chick –…did it again…with its wings waving at me like, “Yo! Jules! What’s for dinner? Tofu?” (in a brooklyn accent, of course), and in my head I’m like, “Noooo, chicken. No. It’s you. Don’t make it awkward.”


Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry with Ginger Peanut Sauce | #recipe #healthy @roastedroot

Anyhoo, this simple recipe puts a big smile on my face because I have a feeling you’re just going to eat.the.sucker.up. You know what’s funny? Instead of typing, “sucker,” I almost typed – nevermind.

Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry with Ginger Peanut Sauce | #recipe #healthy @roastedroot

Ethnic food made easy’s my jam. I love whipping together fast, uncomplicated meals with otherworldly flair. Simple chicken stir fry with tasty sauce? It don’t get much better than that!

I spotted a recipe for Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry in June’s Cooking Light and immediately went to the store for ingredients…the next morning…because I saw the recipe at 9pm and girl doesn’t leave the house past 8:35.

Because I’ve been craving a good peanut sauce lately, I tossed some coconut milk, fresh ginger, and creamy peanut butter into a blender and enjoyed the chicken doused in sauce. You don’t necessarily neeeeeeed to make the sauce, but why wouldn’t you, my friends? Party on your tongue organ.

Whip out some epic side dish such as this Ginger Turmeric Ginger Rice or Jalapeno Ginger Cauliflower Rice and you’re all set for a dandy time.

 Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry with Ginger Peanut Sauce | #recipe #healthy @roastedroot

Go to your chicken and make it right now!

Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry with Ginger Peanut Sauce | #recipe #healthy @roastedroot

Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Julia


For the Peanut Sauce:

For the Chicken Stir Fry:

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion cut into wedges
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into matchsticks
  • 1 orange bell pepper cut into matchsticks
  • 1 Serrano chili seeded and sliced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons peanut sauce recipe above
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves chopped


  1. Add all of the ingredients for the ginger peanut sauce to a small blender and blend until smooth. Set aside until ready to use.
  2. Add the oil to a large skillet or walk and heat to medium-high. Add the onion and saute 2 minuntes, stirring frequently. Add the bell peppers and serrano and saute, stirring frequently for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken, garlic, and 3 tablespoons of the peanut sauce (reserve the rest for serving) and cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Stir in the fresh basil and salt. Taste for flavor and add more salt, soy sauce and/or peanut sauce to taste.
  4. Serve stir fry over rice with desired amount of ginger peanut sauce.

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  1. Julie

    Oh, Jerry and the beagles will go nuts over this one (they are all peanut butter nuts…see what I did there? And I’m sober. Which I was wondering about you writing chicken instead of kitchen. Oh, wait. Never mind.) Where was I? Oh! Yes, this stir fry. Making it soon. Think I’ll add a few veggies like broccoli or snow peas, just because I can. Ha! Happy birthday and have a party! xoxo

  2. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    Haha, the chicken speaks with a Brooklyn accent. LOVE. I do stir fries around here all the time, but they’re always some sort of Chinese version. Need to expand flavor profile and throw some thai spices and herbs in there some time!

  3. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    All of the chickens I know have Brooklyn accents too!! What is with that? 😉

    The flavors in this dish sound amazeballs! I might have to make it with some veg chicken. Sorry, I’m not trying to make you jealous or anything, lol.

    I hope you’re having a fabulous birthday!! XOXO

  4. Julia

    First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I feel so lucky that we got to finally meet after all of this time talking over this here Internet. 🙂 Second, when I go to a Thai restaurant, more times than not I end up ordering the Thai Basil Chicken with extra spice. It is my favorite with a big heaping serving of brown rice. I think we are long lost sisters or something…same name, love the same food, drink the same wine & definitely would devour this dish in no time together. Love it! 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Yaaaaaaaaay THANK YOU!! You’re so good at wishing people happy birthday, haha! It was so nice hanging out with you and the other lovely ladies in Richmond. I look forward to seeing you again – possibly on a large raft with hillarious guide and Thai Basil Chicken slash delicious arugula salad 😉 xoxoxo

  5. Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk)

    This looks so good–almost like Thai fajitas!

    Your joke reminds me of the character in Girl, Interrupted who was looking for an apartment with an eat-in kitchen, except she kept saying “eat-in chicken”. Like, I’m looking for “one bedroom, two baths, an eat-in chicken”. I think Anjelina Jolie’s character called her out on it and she got really mad…


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