20-Minute Thai Basil Chicken

This delicious Thai Basil Chicken recipe is sauteed with lots of veggies, tender chicken, and a yummy Thai basil sauce. | gimmesomeoven.com

As excited as I am to be moving into Barclay’s house when we get married in June, I’m definitely starting to feel All The Feels about leaving the River Market in downtown Kansas City — the neighborhood I’ve called home for these past five years.

Gosh, there are a million reasons why I have loved living down here.  And there are, I’m realizing, a million things that I’m deeply going to miss about calling this neighborhood home — namely, walking next door every morning to order an iced pour-over at my home-away-from-home, and of course, bumping into dozens and dozens of the world’s best neighbors every day as we’re all out and about.  But, I’ve also been realizing lately how much I’m going to miss the central spot that originally inspired me to move downtown way back in the day — our amazing City Market.

Oh my goodness.  Living across the street from Kansas City’s largest farmers market for so many years has been just as magical as I had dreamed it might be, back when I first moved to town over a decade ago and started making the trek downtown every Saturday morning to visit the City Market.  And then once I started this site and — as any food blogger will tell you — started making more and more and more drives to the grocery store each week, I .  But man, having had the chance to spend these years simply walking across the street, browsing through produce in the open-air sunlit markets, getting to chat with vendors who amazingly now know me by name, and then carrying my groceries back to a beautiful loft I call home has been even more meaningful than I had imagined.  It’s just a rhythm that has felt so good.  And I already know it’s a season of life that I will forever look back on with such gratitude.

So anyway, with just a little over three months left here, my little River Market-loving heart seems to have clicked into the gotta-soak-up-every-second-of-my-remaining-time-here mode these past few weeks.  Which has meant — amongst other things — that I’ve been making almost daily trips to the City Market to buy fresh fruit and veggies and spices and herbs and find inspiration for what to cook next.  And I’m happy to say that there have been some absolutely delicious results, such as this awesome chicken stir-fry that came about after gorgeous bunches of fresh Thai basil happened to be on sale at the market yesterday.

City Market FTW!

This 20-Minute Thai Basil Chicken recipe is quick and easy to make, and full of bold flavors and lots of fresh vegetables! | gimmesomeoven.com

Actually, I hardly know anyone who wasn’t at the City Market in Kansas City yesterday because it was absolutely gorgeous out all weekend.

75 degrees and sunny…in February!

Absolute heaven!!!

Nice weather is also always a sign — as any River Market resident will tell you — that pretty much the entire population of Kansas City will be descending upon the River Market.  And sure enough, they did, and the neighborhood was absolutely packed with visitors all weekend long.  Some neighbors complain about the crowds, but I actually love the hustle and bustle, and I especially appreciate seeing so many Kansas Citians out and about exploring the area on foot instead of being isolated in their cars.  ;)

Thai Basil is the rockstar ingredient in this delicious 20-Minute Thai Basil Chicken recipe. | gimmesomeoven.com

Sure enough, the City Market was packed with people (which is rare in February!), but they had an awesome selection of good produce to keep everyone happy.  I arrived in a go-with-the-flow kind of mood, looking for inspiration to make something fresh and tasty for lunch.  And then once I saw the gorgeous bouquets of Fresh basil on display, I knew without a doubt that it was a stir-fry kind of Sunday.

So I grabbed some colorful fresh broccoli, garlic, bell peppers, and red onion to make it happen…
This Thai Basil Chicken recipe is full of bold flavors and tons of fresh veggies and tender chicken. A perfect quick and easy dinner idea! | gimmesomeoven.com

…then came home and sautéed everything together….I'm obsessed with this easy recipe for Thai Basil Chicken! It's full of fresh veggies, tender chicken, and sauteed with the most delicious Thai basil sauce. | gimmesomeoven.com

…and in less than 20 minutes, this gorgeous rainbow of a meal was ready to enjoy.

And you guys, it was so good!  And so simple!  And so versatile!!

Seriously, if you’re not into chicken, you could substitute any protein from beef to pork to shrimp to tofu here.  And you could also add/substitute just about any other veggies.  I just recommend that you do add in lots of veggies.  Because while traditional Thai Basil Chicken is delicious, it’s usually served on its own with rice, and I much prefer to have a much higher veggies to meat ratio in this recipe…because why not?!  ;)

Definitely a winner winner of a chicken “dinner”, and one I look forward to making again soon.  So thanks, City Market, for the delicious veggies and inspiration.  And hope that you all enjoy this one too!

20-Minute Thai Basil Chicken

This 20-Minute Thai Basil Chicken recipe is quick and easy to prepare, and full of bold and delicious savory flavors!


Thai Basil Chicken Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and thinly-sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and thinly-sliced
  • florets from 1 small head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • optional: 3-5 Thai bird chiles*, thinly-sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • leaves from 1 bunch of Thai basil (about 2 cups, lightly-packed)
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly-sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 batch simple soy marinade (see below)

Simple Soy Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • freshly-cracked black pepper


To Make The Thai Basil Chicken:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or large saute pan over high heat.  Add onion, bell pepper, broccoli, and Thai chiles (if using), and saute for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in garlic and Thai basil and saute for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring frequently.  (Time saving tip: slice your chicken and make the marinade while the veggies are sauteeing!)  Then transfer the entire mixture to a separate plate, and set aside.
  2. Return wok/pan to high heat, and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.  Add the chicken and saute for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and no longer pink inside.  Add in the marinade, and toss to combine.
  3. Remove from heat and add in the vegetable mixture, tossing to combine.
  4. Serve warm, over rice or noodles if desired.

To Make The Simple Soy Marinade:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

*These little chiles are pretty spicy, but also delicious and traditionally used in this dish.  I didn't have any on hand the day I made and photographed this dish, so I just subbed in a few pinches of crushed red pepper instead.  But I typically use them for Thai basil dishes and love them!

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog — February 20, 2017 @ 5:40 am (#)

    Oh God, this looks so good right now. My family would love it.

    Charmaine Ng

  2. Judy — February 20, 2017 @ 7:47 am (#)

    I understand how you feel about your market. Since 2013 I have been living in Montana and our farmer’s market operates only on Saturdays April-maybe October. I was so use to our farmer’s market back in Raleigh, NC where it is 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). But in just a little over a year, heading back to NC and the availability of fresh produce year round was one of my top ‘can’t wait to get back to’ things.

  3. Beth — February 20, 2017 @ 1:32 pm (#)

    I just got sad for you! I remember the feeling of leaving my beloved loft apartment and neighborhood when I got married. If you ever need an example to define “bitter-sweet” THAT’S IT! :) But – and I know you know this – the change will be beautiful in all the ways it’s meant to be. xx

  4. Caitlin Weaver — February 20, 2017 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    City Market is my happy place. So jealous you live in the area, because trying to park for our frequent trips is a nightmare. ;)

  5. laura tooley — February 20, 2017 @ 3:18 pm (#)

    what oil would you recommend as a best substitute due to a peanut allergy ?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 20th, 2017 @ 5:22 pm

      Hi Laura! We would suggest a neutral oil (canola, vegetable, or grapeseed). We hope this helps!

  6. Sarah @ Smile & Conquer — February 20, 2017 @ 4:13 pm (#)

    This looks great for a quick and easy weeknight meal, and who doesn’t love anything packed full of basil. It’s my go to herb and I always have a basil plant growing in the kitchen window to ensure we always have it on hand.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 20th, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

      Thank you, Sarah — we hope you enjoy it! :)

  7. Izzy Bruning — February 20, 2017 @ 4:18 pm (#)

    looks so good! x

  8. Mandy — February 20, 2017 @ 7:59 pm (#)

    Hey I live in KC too and LOVE the City Market. Unfortunately I live down south so it’s about a 20 min drive so I don’t get to visit as often as I would like. 

    I have a question about Thai Bird chiles. Where do you find them?  I’ve checked most grocery stores around here and have been unsuccessful. 


    • Ali — March 27th, 2017 @ 4:58 pm

      Cheers to KC! I usually buy mine at Chinatown down in the River Market. :)

  9. JANELLE — February 20, 2017 @ 10:33 pm (#)

    I loved reading this. I envy anyone who can go to a farmers market daily. I miss that since I’ve moved from NC to the Pacific NW. That said; I’m sure y will be an adjustment for you when you move. 😥. Back to the question I wanted to ask you. I’ve never never heard of Thai basil? And I’m guessing I might not be an lento find it and if that is the case, would regular seeet basil be just as fine for this recipe?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 21st, 2017 @ 5:31 pm

      Hi Janelle! No worries if you’re unable to find Thai basil (though you can usually find it in most Asian markets), you can just use regular. We hope you enjoy!

  10. Julia @ HappyFoods Tube — February 21, 2017 @ 4:34 am (#)

    This is exactly my type of a dinner! Love the look of Thai basil – never seen it around here though.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 21st, 2017 @ 5:33 pm

      Thanks, Julia — we hope you enjoy this!

  11. Nan — February 21, 2017 @ 5:50 am (#)

    Looks wonderful. Can I use regular basil. I have a large plant outside my patio.
    Love your recipes and the pictures are outstanding.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 21st, 2017 @ 5:37 pm

      Thank you, Nan, we hope you enjoy! And yes, you can totally use regular basil for this! :)

  12. Annabelle — February 21, 2017 @ 8:20 am (#)

    Omg this looks delicious! Making me extremely hungry!

    x Annabelle

  13. Gerlinde — February 21, 2017 @ 10:09 am (#)

    This looks healthy and delicious and would make great leftovers.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 22nd, 2017 @ 11:18 am

      Thank you, Gerlinde — we hope you enjoy it!

  14. Sara @ Last Night's Feast — February 21, 2017 @ 3:24 pm (#)

    Whoa this looks divine!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 21st, 2017 @ 6:56 pm

      Thank you, Sara — we hope you enjoy it! :)

  15. Carlos At Spoonabilities — February 21, 2017 @ 8:10 pm (#)

    Beautiful chicken and look super delicious!

  16. Lina Kitty — February 22, 2017 @ 2:04 am (#)

    I will try to prepare it as soon as possible. It looks amazing and this combination of ingredients is awesome. Here I found a lot of interesting ideas for cooking. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 22nd, 2017 @ 11:38 am

      Thank you, Lina — we hope you enjoy!

  17. Mario — February 22, 2017 @ 5:47 am (#)

    Looks good! I’ll try it and post it here.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 22nd, 2017 @ 11:26 am

      Wonderful, we hope you enjoy it!

  18. Jane — February 22, 2017 @ 8:06 am (#)

    It is wonderful, I hope I will turn out well in the photo. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 22nd, 2017 @ 11:22 am

      Thank you, Jane — we hope you enjoy!

  19. mary — February 22, 2017 @ 3:57 pm (#)

    What a great dinner! fabulous flavors and healthy too – everyone in my house is going to like this one!

  20. Maria — February 22, 2017 @ 9:30 pm (#)

    I love thai basil!!  Such a fresh flavor.  This looks delicious.  All those colorful veggies make me excited for spring and summer produce season.  Things are very root veg and potato this time of year in the PNW.  I bought a head of broccoli that could have been made of rubber the other day:/  Your veggies look so lively (read: not made of rubber)!  I am jealous! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 23rd, 2017 @ 4:24 pm

      Thank you, Maria — we hope you can try this soon! :)

  21. Sandra — February 23, 2017 @ 11:20 am (#)

    I made this recipe and it was very fast! I did not go more than 20 minutes.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 23rd, 2017 @ 3:48 pm

      We’re glad to hear that, Sandra!

  22. ronda — February 23, 2017 @ 11:48 am (#)

    Do you think this would freeze well? As I’m trying to pack lunches more often having a quick meal that I could freeze and just take to work would be great.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 23rd, 2017 @ 3:33 pm

      We think it probably would — we hope you enjoy it!

  23. Fred — February 28, 2017 @ 5:29 pm (#)

    Thank you for a recipe that was easy to make and so delicious! I plan on making this again for a friend who has fish allergies. Is there a good substitute for fish sauce? Any suggestions on how to make this with more sauce? Adding more soy didn’t work. Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 28th, 2017 @ 5:48 pm

      Hi Fred! If you didn’t care for adding more soy, you could try: (for every 1 tsp of fish sauce: 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce,
      2 parts broth to one part soy sauce, or coconut aminios). We hope this helps

  24. Meg — February 28, 2017 @ 6:52 pm (#)

    Congratulations on your engagement and good luck with your move! Is there a different soy marinade I can make without the fish sauce? I followed the marinade recipe as stated and the entire dish – while extremely flavorful – was just too “fishy” for me. Any suggestions appreciated!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 1st, 2017 @ 10:02 am

      Hi Meg! You can just use extra soy sauce in place of the fish sauce, or you can use worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos. We hope that helps!

  25. Chefxchange — March 2, 2017 @ 5:58 am (#)

    I love this recipe, mostly because it seems super quick and simple. I love your stories and really hope you make the most of your remaining time in the town!

  26. Douglas — March 3, 2017 @ 6:50 pm (#)

    Simple and good recipe! Congratulations!

  27. Victoria — March 5, 2017 @ 5:04 pm (#)

    I’ve recently discovered your site and I am so glad I did! Made this thai basil chicken tonight and the whole family loved it :)
    I’m currently on maternity leave but looking ahead to when I return to work, I’m particularly interested in quick mid week recipes and big batches I can make at the weekend for the days ahead…looking forward to trawling though your site for more inspiration.

    Thank you from this Irish girl x

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 8th, 2017 @ 9:09 am

      Thank you for your sweet words, Victoria — we’re so glad you and your family enjoyed this! And enjoy the rest of your maternity leave! :)

  28. Aunt Belle — March 14, 2017 @ 5:19 pm (#)

    Fyi, Thai basil grows SUPER easy in a container garden, as do all the varieties, and it smells scrumptious!. Ditto on the others. Get a seedling and go for it – you’ll have t giant bush before the years out easily :)

  29. Taylor Ladd — March 15, 2017 @ 9:27 pm (#)

    OMG! This was soooo good I had to immediately leave a comment! Literally just took the last bite of this dish and can’t wait to make it again. I did have to make one substitution for Serrano Peppers since I couldn’t find any Thai Bird Chilis, but it was still fantastic! Thanks for sharing, and can’t wait for your next recipe! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 16th, 2017 @ 8:28 pm

      Thank you so much, Taylor — we’re happy you enjoyed the recipe!

  30. Rick — March 23, 2017 @ 12:18 pm (#)


    Made this a few minutes ago and it’s very delicious! I didn’t have all the soy sauces at home for the marinade, so I combined black soy, chili sauce and a few drops of hot sauce (sambal). Also was very nice. Also the chili sauce helped caramalize the chicken and veggies a bit which I think adds a lot of dimension to the flavours.

    Also used regular basil and regular chiles and served with wholegrain rice. It looked EXACTLY like in the picture :D.

    Definitely going to make this again, thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 23rd, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

      Hi Rick! We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed this, thanks for sharing with us! :)