This IS the Stir-Fry You Were Looking For

This scrumptious recipe was the birth of our glorious food blog! One day as were all sitting on the couch watching Star Wars, Number One decided to start annoying the rest of us to create this blog. She managed to reel us all in, wasting tons of money and getting us disturbingly excited about kitchen utensils. Admittedly, it’s probably a wiser investment than re-enacting The Hangover on a weekly basis.

So here we are once again, eating this absolutely delightful meal and Number One is squealing at the appearance of the oh-so-handsome Harrison Ford. Instead of being educated on the cultural significance of the Star Wars phenomenon, Number One quickly latched on to the hotness of Hans Solo (*german accent*) instead: she continues to ask us, “When are we watching ‘Hans Solo Strikes Back’?” Silly girl.

Chicken with Thai Basil, Chili and Cashews


Serves 4

You’ll need

750g chicken breast cut into strips
2 stems lemongrass, white part only, finely chopped
3 small fresh red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
2 tablespoons of oil
100g cashews
1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
2 cups thai basil
2 teaspoons cornflour (THE GOO IS BACK) mixed with 1 tablespoon water
2 handfuls of mange tout
1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced into strips

  1. Place the chicken in a large bowl with the lemongrass, garlic, ginger and chili. Mix well together.
  2. Heat a wok over medium heat and add 1 teaspoon of oil. Add the cashews and cook for 1 minute, or until lightly golden. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in the wok and stir-fry the chicken over medium heat, if necessary in batches, for 4-5 minutes until browned.
  4. Add the mange tout and peppers. Stir fry for a few minutes.
  5. Stir in the lime juice, fish sauce, palm sugar and basil and cook for 30-60 seconds, or until the basil begins to wilt.
  6. Add the cornflour mixture and stir until the mixture thickens slightly.
  7. Stir in the cashews e voila. Serve with steamed rice.

One two three four – SCORE
[Numerical ratings are out of four, where four is best/healthiest/hardest.]
Taste: 3.1
Difficulty: 2 – easy but requires some preparation.
Healthiness: 3.5
Cost: relatively pricey
Overall: 3.2


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