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Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice

Fried rice is pretty much always tasty, but sometimes the same ol’, same ol’ can get stale. If you’re a fried rice lover, but you’re craving something with a little more zing and color . . . try this amped-up Thai version of basil fried rice. The combination of basil, thai chilies, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and shallots meld so perfectly into a flavor bomb of a meal that comes together in 20 minutes or less. Once you try this version of fried rice, there may be no going back to the same ol’, same ol’ version.

Ingredients:

1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 large shallot, sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 bunch basil

1-3 Thai chilies, sliced

2 eggs

2 cups cooked jasmine rice

2 Tbsp. oyster sauce

1-2 Tbsp. fish sauce

1 Tbsp. honey or agave

2 Tbsp. olive oil

Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook through until slightly browned. While the chicken is cooking, mix together the oyster sauce, fish sauce and honey in a bowl. Add shallots, garlic, and chilies to the skillet with the chicken and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add cooked rice and mix everything together. Push everything to one side of the skillet and add the eggs. Scramble the eggs and mix into the rice. Quickly add the sauce to the rice and mix together. Add the basil and remove from heat. Toss together thoroughly until the basil is wilted. Serve immediately!

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