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Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots

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Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots

Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots features juicy & savory chicken thighs braised with carrots. It is such an easy one-wok dish made of simple ingredients. Want to make a perfectly tasty and healthy rice bowl all done in under 30 minutes? You’ve got it right here.

Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots
Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots

This is a quick & easy, simplified version of Taiwanese Three Cup Chicken dish. If you’d like a more satisfying flavor and taste, check out here.

Key Ingredients:

Basil Soy Sauce Chicken Ingredients
Basil Soy Sauce Chicken Ingredients

Chicken thighs work best for this recipe. Remove the skins if possible.

Cornerstone simple-tasty Chinese Cooking Condiments Shaoxing Wine, Natural Soy Sauce, and Light Soy Sauce.

Natural soy sauce or naturally brewed & aged soy sauce, or Jiao You {酱油} is the traditional soy sauce. I sometime refer to as natural or regular soy sauce. Dark vs. Light Soy Sauce is a modern time Cantonese invention. You can use dark soy sauce to substitute the natural soy sauce.

Cooking Oilcanola oil and avocado oil are my primary go-to stir-fry or braise cooking oil.

Sugar – Turbinado sugar, also known as “Sugar in the raw” is my go-to sugar for braising meat. The large golden crystals and natural molasses in the turbinado sugar offers this satisfying flavor and taste.

Fresh Basil – Basil complements chicken well. During the summer when basil is thriving in our backyard garden, I make various basil dishes. Check out how to grill or easily braise a yummy “Basil Black Pepper Chicken“, or make iconic Taiwanese Three Cup Chicken or Tofu.

Basil in our backyard garden
Basil in our backyard garden

How to Make Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots?

See the Recipe for a detailed tutorial. Below are the key steps.

Step 1: Pan-fry and sear the chicken

Pan Fry chicken thighs for making Basil Soy Sauce Chicken
Pan-fry and Sear the Chicken Thighs Before Braising

Turn the heat to high and heat the Wok for 1-2 minutes to warm up the wok first. Add oil into the wok to grease the wok evenly. Add chicken thighs. Try to layer the chicken thighs with as little overlapping as possible. Let them cook for about 3 minutes on one side.

Flip the chicken and move around the over-lapping pieces. Cook the other side of the chicken for another 3 minutes. Make sure we have seared or browned all chicken pieces properly.

Step 2: Add Shaoxing Wine, Natural Soy Sauce, Light Soy Sauce, Sugar, chopped basil, and 1 cup of water into the wok

Braising Basil Soy Sauce Chicken Thighs
Braise Chicken Thighs

Cover the Wok with a lid and let it cook for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Add carrots into the wok

Add Carrots into the wok for Basil Soy Sauce Braised Chicken Thighs
Add Carrots to Basil Chicken Braising Wok

Gently fold the carrots into the chicken, cover the wok with a lid, and cook for another 10 minutes.

Step 4: Stir Fry Chicken Thighs with Carrots

Remove the lid of the wok. The liquid in the Wok should almost disappear by the end of the 20 minutes braising. If that’s the case, turn the heat to low, and fold the chicken with the remaining sauce in the wok for 1 or 2 minutes. A quality slotted turner makes folding easier.

If there is still a small amount of liquid left in the wok, then leave the heat on high and continue to fold the chicken with the remaining sauce in the wok for about 5 minutes or till the sauce level reduced and thickens.

Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots
Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots

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Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots

Basil Soy Sauce Braised Chicken Thighs with Carrots

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots features juicy & savory chicken thighs braised with carrots. It is such an easy one-wok dish made of simple ingredients. Want to make a perfectly tasty and healthy rice bowl all done in under 30 minutes? You’ve got it right here.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken thighs, skinless
  • 1/2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 cup of boiling water, for braising
  • 1 carrot

For Braising Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp. Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp. Naturally aged soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Light Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. sugar in the raw

Instructions

  1. Gather all the ingredients. Add everything under "For Braising Sauce" into a small bowl, mix well and set aside.
    Basil Soy Sauce Chicken Ingredients
  2. Wash, peel, and cut carrots into a diamond shape.
    Carrots Cut into diamond shape bite-size
  3. Wash, air dry, and cut basil leaves into bite sizes.
    Fresh Basil Cut into Small Pieces
  4. Turn the heat to medium-high, heat the Wok for 1 minute, and then add canola oil and the chicken.
    Pan Fry chicken thighs for making Basil Soy Sauce Chicken
    Try to layer the chicken thighs with as little overlapping as possible. Let them cook for about 3 minutes on one side.
    Flip the chicken and move around the over-lapping pieces. Cook the other side of the chicken for another 3 minutes. Make sure we have seared or browned all chicken pieces properly.
  5. Pour the braising sauce into the wok, along with chopped basil, and 1 cup of boiling water. Gently fold and mix. Cover the wok with a lid and let it cook for 10 minutes.
    Braising Basil Soy Sauce Chicken Thighs
  6. Add carrots into the wok. Gently fold the carrots into the chicken, cover the wok with a lid, and cook for another 10 minutes.
    Add Carrots into the wok for Basil Soy Sauce Braised Chicken Thighs
  7. Remove the lid of the wok. The liquid in the Wok should almost disappear by the end of the 20 minutes braising. If that’s the case, turn the heat to low, and fold the chicken with the remaining sauce in the wok for 1 or 2 minutes. A quality slotted turner makes folding easier.
    If there is still a small amount of liquid left in the wok, then leave the heat on high and continue to fold the chicken with the remaining sauce in the wok for 5 minutes or till the sauce level reduced.
    Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots
  8. All done. Serve in a rice bowl with freshly steamed rice and a blanched green leafy vegetable for a yummy, healthy dinner.
    Basil Soy Sauce Chicken with Carrots

Notes

I usually make about 3 lbs. chicken thighs for my family of 4 so that we have leftover for the following day. Simply triple all ingredients except for the boiling water. You still only need 1 cup of boiling water for braising.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 277mgSodium: 1405mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 57g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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