Thai flavors of coconut and basil come together in this fresh and spicy chicken and cabbage stir-fry. If your family prefers a milder meal, forgo the jalapeño. Serve with: Rice noodles and mango slices. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a wok or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring often, until cooked through and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate.

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  • Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the wok or pot. Add jalapeno (if using), scallion whites, mushrooms and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant and the mushrooms start to soften, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice and brown sugar; bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cabbage, the chicken and scallion greens; cook, stirring constantly, until the cabbage is slightly wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in basil just before serving.

Tips

Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment made from salted, fermented fish. Find it in the Asian-food section of large supermarkets and in Asian specialty markets. We use Thai Kitchen fish sauce (1,190 mg sodium per tablespoon) in our analyses.

Nutrition Facts

254 calories; total fat 10.7g 17% DV; saturated fat 3.4g; cholesterol 63mg 21% DV; sodium 678mg 27% DV; potassium 627mg 18% DV; carbohydrates 12.4g 4% DV; fiber 3.4g 13% DV; sugar 4g; protein 27.6g 55% DV; exchange other carbs 1; vitamin a iu 1742IU; vitamin c 25mg; folate 86mcg; calcium 80mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 49mg; thiaminmg; added sugar 2g.

Reviews (18)

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18 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2017
I try to make this at least a couple of times a week as I just love it. I follow the recipe (without jalapeños) and it is amazing. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/14/2013
Good but not exciting I made this as a double batch because I needed leftovers. I didn't have quite enough napa cabbage so I used 4cups of kale and 8cups of cabbage and it worked well. I also made this vegetarian by using meatless chicken patties and soy sauce instead of fish sauce. I like spicy foods so I used one jalapeno and one habanero but I didn't find the dish to have any spice at all. I would have also liked a little more coconut flavor and I even subbed coconut oil for canola. Overall this recipe is good but not too exciting. I served it with pink rice. Pros: Very quick and easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/02/2013
Perfect blend of flavors! I followed the recipe exactly as written and it turned out perfectly. The jalapeno was barely noticeable and not at all spicy in my opinion. I love the fresh flavors and how they all blend together perfectly without overpowering each other. I served this over brown rice rather than using rice noodles. Pros: Flavorful lots of fresh ingredients Cons: Took a while to slice & mince everything Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2013
Probably one of this site's best recipes I have tried dozens of recipes from this site (I actually make one every single day) and this has actually been one of my favorite if not my favorite. I didn't include any hot spice in it because I can't stand spicy food but I added a teaspoon of salt near the end and it couldn't have turned out more perfect. Wonderful blend for the tastebuds chickeny lemony fishy sweet salty crunchy soupy and the list goes on. 5 stars. Pros: simple to make cheap fast no need to prepare a side dish Cons: lots of chopping Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2013
Top dish It is simple and delicious!!!!!!! perfect dish! Pros: Perfect dish good balance of flavours! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2012
DELICIOUS Used a couple of substitutions to use what I had on hand and it turned out GREAT. What I changed: -used frozen green beans instead of mushrooms and cabbage. -used 1/4 c dried basil since I had no fresh basil on hand. -then instead of sauteing raw chicken I simply threw in leftover Thanksgiving turkey once everything was ready. Turned out perfect:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2012
Delicious! Used cayenne pepper since I had no jalapeno. Also used a bit less mushrooms (as I didn't have enough). Loved it overall! Smelled delicious and the soup base was great! Becuase of the review added a bit more salt (about 1/4 tsp to the chicken) but I think it could have been find without it. Not a huge fan of basil though so may use less next time. Pros: easy to make no ingredients I couldn't get locally - which is a big thing consering where i live Cons: feels like it may be good with a bit more soup? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2012
Delicious! Delicious though because I read the reiviews added about a quarter tsp of salt with the chicken. I think it could have done without though. Added cayenne pepper since I didn't have any jalapenos on hand. Cons: Feels like it should be more soupy maybe Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/03/2011
Reminds me of a great pho dish Followed directions to the T and the dish was awesome....and I despise fish sauce but it didn't bother me in this dish. It really remind me of a Vietnamese pho soup I used to get in San Francisco...I left out the jalapenos and used some sriracha instead. Next time I am going to dibble the sauce and serve it as a soup. Pros: Easy to make quick one pot Cons: Fish sauce icks me out Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made this last night - the only change I made was to throw in some red pepper for color at the same time you throw in the white part of the green onion. I also mixed in Tofu Shiritaki noodles since I didn't have any rice noodles to cook. This was the first time I've made a Thai dish and it was a big hit! REALLY great flavor. Remember to shake the can of coconut milk - I'd never used that as an ingredient before and didn't realize until after I'd opened the can that I needed to shake it up! This recipe also came together as quickly as promised (I did use pre-sliced shiritake). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this tonight and absolutely loved it. I used Thai basil instead of regular basil and served over brown rice. The dish was very easy to make once everthing was prepped but it took me a really long time to chop and slice. I also never used coconut milk before and I was happy to find that the light coconut milk was very flavorful. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made this last night and absolutely LOVED it. What a great combo of flavors and textures - the soft cabbage and mushrooms w/ the saucy chicken. Fabulous!:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This meal was super easy (and cheap) to make! I substituted canned broken stem mushrooms and left out the chicken and fish sauce and it made a fantastic vegetarian meal! Leftovers tasted great too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made the recipe according to the directions it looked great. But it was missing some flavor. I was really surprised at how bland it came out with the jalepeno and fish sauce added. Would not make it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I made this the other night and loved it! I did not have jalapeno so I added cayenne with the coconut milk and also a little 5-spice powder. I also added a little veggie broth to the mushrooms when they started to stick to the pan. I thought the dish was delicious. Lots of fresh basil at the end really makes it. Oh and a little crumbled cashew on top when you serve it doesn't hurt either... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
We really enjoyed this one. My husband doesn't like really hot so instead of a jalepeno I added dried ground peppers (Hungarian Hot Wax) in an amount I know he'll tolerate. I can always add more for myself when serving! We'll surely do this one again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Just OK. Not really a stir fry and not really a thai curry. It misses the mark on both counts. We tried it and now we're moving on. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Our family really loved this and I have made it twice more since then! I agree that it's not really a stir fry OR a curry but that's just semantics. It's a great dish regardless of what you call it. Fabulous flavor and it comes together quickly! (We serve over brown rice barley or bulgur.) Read More