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Spicy Basil Chicken Stir Fry

This spicy basil chicken stir fry recipe is fragrant and fresh, ready in 20 minutes, and only 287 calories!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Poultry
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: easy chicken stir fry, spicy basil chicken stir fry, spicy chicken stir fry
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 287kcal


  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce* see note if you don’t have fish sauce
  • 1.5 tsp teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp hot chili sauce I strongly recommend Sambal Oelek
  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast cut into thin strips
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lbs 1 pound asparagus tough ends trimmed and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 packed fresh Thai basil or sweet basil


  • In a small bowl, whisk the chicken broth, soy sauce, fish sauce, cornstarch, sugar, and chili sauce.In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 ½ teaspoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate. Add the remaining 1 ½ teaspoons of oil to the skillet and swirl to coat. Add the onion and asparagus and cook, stirring frequently, until just beginning to soften, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and stir constantly until fragrant, 30 seconds. Return the chicken to the pan along with the soy sauce mixture.
  • Stir and let the sauce come to a simmer until it thickens enough to coat the chicken and vegetables. Stir in the basil until wilted and fragrant and serve.


*Fish sauce is essential, but if you don't have any, replace it with the same amount of soy sauce.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 8g | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g