Thai Chicken Stir-Fry with Basil & Cashews


This quick chicken stir-fry recipe is flavored with classic Thai ingredients: savory fish sauce balanced with tangy lime juice and plenty of fresh basil. Have all the ingredients prepared and ready to add to the wok before you turn on the heat. Serve with brown rice.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons peanut or canola oil, divided

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 small fresh red chiles, thinly sliced (optional)

  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 large zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 2 teaspoons lime juice

  • 2 teaspoons molasses

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • ½ cup toasted cashews

  • ¼ cup slivered fresh basil, preferably Thai


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large, flat-bottom, carbon-steel wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, scallions and chiles (if using); cook, stirring, until the scallions start to soften, about 30 seconds. Add garlic and zucchini and cook, stirring, until the zucchini is just tender, about 3 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk fish sauce, lime juice, molasses and cornstarch in a small bowl. Stir the sauce and the chicken (along with any accumulated juice) into the pan; cook, gently stirring, until the sauce is bubbling and thickened, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in cashews and basil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

329 Calories
18g Fat
16g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups
Calories 329
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 2g 4%
Protein 28g 56%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Vitamin A 473IU 9%
Vitamin C 22mg 25%
Folate 49mcg 12%
Sodium 664mg 29%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 97mg 23%
Potassium 649mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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