My thoughtful neighbor gifted me a bunch of fresh basil from his home garden. I was super thankful and immediately starting thinking of great ways to use it. I was craving Chinese food and I thought why not make a lemon chicken dish with the addition of fresh basil. I took the elements of Chinese cooking and threw a little Thai influence in the dish. The result is this AMAZING Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken!
Spicy Lemon Basil Chicken
A great Asian inspired dish that has a little prep work that produces very flavorful results.
In a small sauce pan combine lemon juice, chopped basil, sugar, water, red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp corn starch and lemon zest. Bring ingredients to a boil and stir regularly for about 2 minutes or less until the sauce thickens.
The sauce should appear thickened as seen in the photo. Cover the sauce and set aside for later.
Cut up the chicken breast into 1 inch pieces. In a small bowl whisk two eggs. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, salt, black and cayenne pepper. Place chicken a few batches at a time into the beaten egg and coat in the flour/cornstarch mixture.
Heat coconut oil in a large skillet to a medium heat. The oil should fill the skillet about a 1/2 inch high. Carefully add chicken pieces and fry in batches. DO NOT fry them too close together or all at once.
Set aside chicken pieces and drain the access oil with some paper towels. When closed to finished, warm up the sauce you made earlier. Do not allow it to boil.
Remove the left over oil from the skillet. Add in the fried chicken pieces back to the skillet, cover in sauce and evenly coat chicken. Add in a few basil leaves and sliced lemon for an extra flavor punch and presentation. Viola!