Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pad Ga Pow (stir fried basil with chicken)

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 15 min
Yield: 2 servings

1/2 lb chicken cut to approximately 1" x 1/2" x 1/4" strips, cut with grain
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 shallot (or 1/2 red onion), chopped
2 chopped jalapenos (if dried, rehydrate in 1/4 c hot water)
1/4 c fish sauce
1 T sugar
1.5 c basil ("ga pow") leaves (or mint leaves)
2 c broccoli (or another veggie)
2 t peppercorns (dried or not)

Optional Marinade:
2 T tapioca flour
2 T soy sauce (if molassas or sweet soy is substituted, the protein sticks together while marinading and carmelizes when cooked)
Dredge protein in tapioca flour then in shallow pan with soy sauce
Periodically spoon soy sauce over chuncks
Marinade for just 10 minutes

Chop the garlic, onions, jalapenos, and mix with peppercorns
Heat pan to highest temp & add couple splashes of oil
Add the garlic/onion mix & stir-fry until fragrant
Drain chicken, then add the rest of the ingredients according to cooking time
Make sure chicken is thoroughly cooked
Taste for fish sauce, salt, & sugar
Serve over rice

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