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Thai Basil Sesame Chicken with Cashew

Thai Basil Sesame Chicken with Cashew

Thai Basil Sesame Chicken with Cashews is a new weeknight dinner idea that is deliciously addictive and packed with so much flavour! Ready in under 25 minutes and a meal intended for the whole family, this incredibly fast and easy recipe is sweet, spicy, saucy and so flavorful! 

Thai Basil Sesame Chicken with Cashews

What is Thai Basil?


Thai Basil is the secret ingredient in this recipe! Thai basil is similar to normal (sweet) basil but there are a few differences that you may notice. The Thai Basil leaves have more of a distinctive, bold flavour and contain hints of licorice or aniseed. Sweet basil, on the other hand, has a sweeter, more peppery flavour. Another key difference is in appearance. Sweet basil has green stems, while Thai basil has purple, more narrow stems because of this sweet basil leaves also tend to be more delicate than sturdy Thai basil leaves.

 Thai Basil Sesame Chicken with Cashews


How To Make

This recipe is super easy and quick to make. Here’s how to do it:

First start with the cashews. To make the cashews, heat 1 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp honey, the cashews, chili, powder, and turmeric in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until lightly toasted and caramelized, 3-4 minutes. Spoon the cashews out of the skillet onto a parchment-lined plate. Sprinkle with lime zest and salt. Set aside. If you would like to save time, you can buy pre-toasted and flavourful cashews. Our Spicy Cashews would work excellent with this recipe!

Next, work on the chicken. In a medium bowl, toss together the chicken, cornstarch. Then, combine the 1/4 cup honey, the soy sauce, Sriracha, ketchup, and sesame seeds. Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chicken, sprinkle with black pepper, cook until it becomes golden and crispy, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, and peppers, cook another 2-3 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant. Pour the sauce and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the sauce coats the chicken, about 5 minutes.

Finally, once the chicken is ready, remove from the heat and stir in the fresh basil. Serve with the sauce, steamed rice and top with cashews and additional basil. How delicious is that?!

Thai Basil Sesame Chicken with Cashews

 

Storage Tips

Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container. To reheat, warm in a saucepan on the stovetop. You can also heat in the microwave until thoroughly heated through.

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