Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Zesty Chicken With Basil & Almonds

 Zesty Chicken With Basil & Almonds

By Lisa Star, Meatland


See Cook's Notes before proceeding.3 frozen chicken fillets*3 tablespoons olive oil1/2 teaspoon chili flakesZest of one, large lemonMaldon salt and coarse black pepper1 teaspoon crushed garlic1/4 cup basil leaves1/4 cup almonds with skin on, roughly chopped2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)2 tablespoons soya sauce (optional)Lightly cooked green beans or broccoli florets (optional)* Can use more but then increase remaining ingredients accordingly. 1: Slice chicken breasts on the slant using a sharp knife which is easiest to do while slightly frozen.2: Heat oil in a large frying pan or wok and add chicken, chili, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and garlic.3: Toss the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes then add the basil and almonds and toss for another couple of minutes till chicken is just cooked and nuts and herbs are fragrant.4: Add lemon juice, soya sauce and just cooked green beans or broccoli if you choose, toss through, and serve over  white or brown rice. COOK'S NOTES: I add the soya sauce and lemon juice for extra flavor and moisture but the original - without these additions - is absolutely delicious too. Feel free to increase the nuts, basil or lemon zest as it only makes an already wonderful dish even better. Lemon slices are for illustration purposes only.


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