Thai Basil Chicken Recipe

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Quick and easy and oh, so yummy! So much so, we copied this recipe and gave it to our guests at our wedding!

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Servings: 6


Cost per serving $1.70 view details
  • 2 Tbs fish sauce or substitute soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs light soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs plain low fat yogurt
  • Juice and grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbs minced fresh basil or 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 lbs chicken thighs, trimmed of fat


  1. Put all ingredients except chicken in a plastic bag and knead to mix. Add chicken and turn bag to coat pieces. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or for several hours in refrigerator.
  2. Remove chicken from bag and arrange, skin side up, in a shallow roasting pan. (I prefer my glass pyrex) . Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 55 minutes.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 204g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 393  
Calories from Fat 248 63%
Total Fat 27.53g 34%
Saturated Fat 7.98g 32%
Trans Fat 0.39g  
Cholesterol 151mg 50%
Sodium 903mg 38%
Potassium 400mg 11%
Total Carbs 2.35g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 1.35g 1%
Protein 31.92g 51%
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  • Mihir Shah
    This looks excellent! I'm going to try it with tofu instead of chicken (just because). I'll let you know how it turns out.
    • John Spottiswood
      This is one of the simplest and tastiest dishes you will make. It's not really classic Thai, but one of those funky dishes that somehow just tastes great and is really satisfying. Wonderful as leftovers.
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      • Aspen Lee-Moulden
        I made this for dinner tonight. I had to make a few substitutions based on what I had on hand. I substituted drumsticks for the thighs, lime zest and juice for the lemon and buttermilk for the yogurt. I realize the yogurt is probably really important to the recipe but my kids were napping and I couldn't run out. Even with all the substitutions the dish was great. My picky 3 year old even ate it! My husband said he'd like it again. Yeah! An easy dish that's delicious and my family likes. I served it with sticky white rice (I flavored with lime zest also) and sauted spinach.
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        • Aya
          I love this recipe! Bart loves it, too!
          • Corey Irwin
            I haven't made this yet, but based on the ingredients & user comments/reviews, I can just tell it's going to be good. :)
            • Doris Samson
              This looks like a great recipe, thanks
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              • O.S.
                I actually tried this yesterday dinner, and it was awesome! Exceptionally good with a glass of red wine.
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                • Jacqui Patek
                  This is a very easy dish to make, and it will leave your family/guests wanting more. If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, it makes for an amazing lunch the following day.
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                  • I loved this recipe, it was very tasty. I hate fish sauce so I used light soy sauce instead and it was great.
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                    • sylvia patton
                      i found this recipe easy to make
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                      • Lynn La Roe
                        Easy to prepare and very tasty!! I just registered with Cook Eat Share yesterday and this was the first recipe I tried. Yummy!
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                        • Manoken Mako
                          This recipe is amazing!! I will make this again!!
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                          • Lynn Yamamoto Dalman
                            I didn't have time to marinate, so I basted with the marinade every 10-15 min, and it created a wonderful carmelized coating. Delicious!! So that will be my new way of cooking this recipe.
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                            • Tracy
                              Made this on Saturday. Brought the leftovers into work on Monday and it was still wonderful. It was very easy. I will make this again!
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                              • Cara
                                This was fantastic - even my pickiest eaters liked it! I will definitely be making it again!!
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                                • Justine
                                  my picky fiance actually loved this dish! two thumbs up!
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                                  • Chris Potter
                                    This is wonderful and easy. I have been trying to cook more at home. Husband does not really care for overly spicy (red pepper flake or cayenne pepper) food so I cut the amount of red pepper to about a quarter teaspoon. He loved this. Will definitely make again.
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                                    • Melinda
                                      We loved this recipe. Only change was only 1 tsp of red pepper flakes. This recipe will be on my next dinner party list. Cooked this recipe again last evening and company loved it. I think this recipe will be on my regular menu. Thanks for sharing it.
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                                      • This recipe is easy and I love that I can marinade it the night before! My kids love this!!!!
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                                        • JulieJ
                                          my family loved this! I didn't have lemons so I substituted limes & I didn't have pepper flakes, so I substituted a small amount of chili pepper and it tasted great! Super flexible recipe.
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                                          • Gaby Holland
                                            This has become my family's favorite
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                                            • This chicken is bursting with flavor! My husband loved it, but the kids complained that it was too spicy. I recommend using only one teaspoon of hot chili flakes if you'll be serving to small children. I will definitely be making this again!
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                                              • Katie J.
                                                WOW! That chicken was excellent and something different- I didn't have yogurt and I used Sour Cream to give it a cool and thick consistency- it worked for me!
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                                                • August 10, 2013
                                                  Hi Nancy I tried Thai basil chicken recipe and are very good, and very nice to serve for a family or friends party.
                                                  • ShaleeDP
                                                    January 31, 2013
                                                    Sound tasty! I would put this on my soon-to-try dishes. Thanks for sharing.
                                                    • Jacqui Patek
                                                      August 24, 2010

                                                      I made this dish for the umpteenth time a few weeks ago. I was making it for several people as a "drive by fooding" (a silly tradition with my friends). I also took two HUGE containers of the chicken and rice (mixed together) to work for my doctors and colleagues. This recipe has made me VERY popular at work and I gave this recipe out to 20 people. Of course I gave you full credit. Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe with all of us. A must have for any kitchen if you ask me.
                                                      • punamwidge
                                                        June 29, 2010
                                                        Hi nancy,read your receipe and it seemed to that is more indian than thai. Nonetheless, it must be great haven't tried it so far.
                                                        • Tammi B
                                                          May 27, 2010
                                                          Looking forward to trying this out- sounds yummy
                                                          • leonie Whitelock
                                                            April 11, 2010
                                                            This recipe sounds fantastic and looks really easy to make. I can't wait to try it, Thank you
                                                            • sylvia patton
                                                              December 14, 2009
                                                              I found this a easy recipe to fallow

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