Chicken with sweet basil

Contributed by Preston Maring, MD

Chicken with sweet basil
For those watching their carbohydrate load, I recommend this chicken dish. It goes best with steamed rice and a very cold beverage but stands alone if your diet requires it.


  • 1 lb sliced chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp of canola oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red chilis
  • 1 large jalapeño, diced
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce
  • Fresh basil


  1. In 2 Tbsp of canola oil, sauté briefly 2 large minced garlic cloves and 1/4 tsp crushed red chilis. Add 1 lb sliced chicken breast and one large diced jalapeño. 
  2. Sauté over medium-high heat until the chicken is no longer pink. 
  3. Add 3 Tbsp fish sauce (found in the Asian food section at most grocery stores) Sauté for about 2 more minutes. 
  4. Sweep in a small handful of fresh basil. 
  5. Serve with or without rice.