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Thai Basil Chicken recipe was sent to me by a friend of mine when I barely knew how to boil water. She told me it was a really easy chicken recipe and that it was also a crowd pleaser. Ever since, it’s one of my favorite go-to recipes when I have people over. Plus, it’s in my regular rotation that I’ve been making it once every other week or sometimes even once a week!

[ UPDATE* Took newer photos of this recipe!! :D ]

Thai Basil Chicken Recipe | Easy Thai Recipes.Pin
Thai Basil Chicken Recipe | Easy Thai Recipes.Pin
Thai Basil Chicken Recipe | Easy Thai Recipes.Pin
Older photo here showing that you can use whatever vegetables you like:


times: 30 minutes
serves: 4

Ingredients for Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons lager-style beer
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce (we use this one)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper (or black pepper)
  • 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Ingredients for Marinade Sauce

  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lager-style beer
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (my mom swears by this one)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable, canola or peanut oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 4 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 fresh jalapeno chili, thinly sliced into rings (optional)
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed Thai basil or sweet basil leaves.
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews


  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Place a wok or wide saute pan over high heat until hot. Add the oil, swirling to coat the sides.
  5. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 10 seconds.
  6. Stir in the chicken and asparagus and cook, stirring constantly until the chicken is no longer pink, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the sauce and bring to boil.
  8. Add the cornstarch solution and cook, stirring, until sauce thickens, about 1 minute.
  9. Remove pan from heat and stir in jalapeño chili, basil leaves, and cashews.


  • If the sauce does not thicken within a couple of minutes, I usually continue to add more & more cornstarch solution until it does thicken.
  • You can see a list of different lager-style beers on beer advocate. Our new favorite is now New Belgium 1554, a black lager, but we often also used Yuengling, an amber lager. We encourage you to cook with different kinds to see which one you fancy. There’s a huge difference in flavor with richer and darker lagers versus lighter lagers. :)
  • I also made the recipe with bell peppers instead of asparagus. You can use any veggies you like.
  • Since I like my food spicy, I like to add two jalapeños peppers and stir it in the heat for 1 minute.
  • If you don’t have fish sauce, you can add an additional 1 1/2 tsp soy sauce instead).

Let me know if you end up trying this Thai basil chicken recipe!

Do you have any easy Thai recipes or easy chicken recipes you can share?

xoxo estherJacob

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This Post Has 51 Comments

  1. Neely

    This looks so yum!

  2. Samantha

    Such mouth watering pictures. Cant wait to try this!

  3. Kristine Foley

    My mouth is watering!

  4. Hima

    Whoaa this looks amazing, and so easy! My family LOVES thai food, although we usually end up going out to get it, which isn’t always the best. Definitely trying this soon!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

  5. Laura

    MMMM sounds so good! but i have an aversion to fish sauce (thanks to my oldest brother) . .. . but i might have to get some just to try this recipe thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much Laura! :) I am not particularly fond of fish sauce either. I actually don’t like fish or anything that smells like fish.. but you can’t actually taste it in the recipe.. you just have to smell it during the prep process though. haha

    1. Oh really? You have to try it at least once! :) I would say thai food is the least “asian” of all the foods out there. Well.. I guess there’s panda express.. But in general there are so many thai restaurants catered to non-asians.

  6. Laura

    Saving this for when I’m back at school and actually think I want to cook! looks yummy!

  7. Change With Us

    Looks yummy! I love to try new recipes, will be adding this to the books!

  8. Alice

    love thai food. especially chicken and cashew recipes! looks great :)

  9. Anosa

    so cool and looks yummmy x

  10. Carly Anderson

    Oh my gosh, YUM!!!

  11. Shipra Taneja

    I am so hungry for this! Sounds delicious and thank you for the recipe! <3

    1. Thanks for reading! :) I hope you get to try it out! This is one of my go-to recipes when I cook for guests too.

  12. Sarah Woods

    That looks so GOOD! I wish I could get my husband to be a little more adventurous with his eating :(

    1. Thanks Sarah! What does he normally like to eat? :) This one is pretty “safe.” All our non-asian friends love the recipe. It doesn’t taste like a thai specific dish. You can even just call it a basil chicken dish cooked with beer :D

  13. Lyssadawson

    Looks so yummy, and I love the pictures you took. Very artsy! (:

  14. Jessica Angeles

    This looks so good! Andy and I just spent the last 10 minutes reading through all your food posts by the way haha

  15. Sarah

    This sounds super delicious, pinning it to try at later date

  16. Jenn

    Yum! Love Thai Basil, so this sound awesome. PInning this for later too :)

  17. Joanna Sormunen

    This sounds just absolutely yummylicious! I love asparragus and I really really need to try this out!

  18. Chelsea

    This sounds sooo good. I need to try it for sure!

  19. Deidre Emme

    Keep it coming with these amazing recipes! Maybe then when my husband is home from summer ball I will make him dinner haha.

    1. haha so I usually do all the new recipe testing.. but Jacob helps with cooking a LOT… or I should say he does most of the day to day cooking. I should give him a lot more credit! :)

  20. OMG this looks amazing. My mouth is literally watering. Totally going to make this. Thanks for the great recipe.

  21. Charlie H.

    I love your blog! That picture at the top is the best! That food looks to die for! I love me some Thai food!

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