Thai Garlic Chicken with Basil

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This meal was a BIG HIT at our house! Savory and delicious on a cold, cold night. There is nothing better than getting a meal all ready to go. I generally make my dinners in the late afternoon and put them back on the stove to reheat right as we are ready for dinner.

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XX, Megan

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
2 Tbsp. minced garlic, (10 – 12 cloves)
1 large red onion, quartered top-to-bottom and cut into strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips, about 1-inch long
1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
5 – 7 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce (use wheat/gluten-free if needed), to taste
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 – 2 cups fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped

Directions

In a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the garlic, onions and peppers, and sauté them for 2 minutes. Add the chicken and stir-fry it until it starts to brown on all sides, but is not cooked through; 3 – 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce and sugar, and add that to the pan. Continue to cook the chicken, uncovered, tossing it occasionally, until the chicken is just cooked through, 2 – 3 more minutes.

At this point you can cool and refrigerate the chicken for up to 3 days, or freeze it for up to 3 months. Add the basil just before serving it.

Add the basil, toss it well, and serve it, or cover it until you are ready to serve.

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