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Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Zesty Chicken With Basil & Almonds
3 frozen chicken fillets* 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes Zest of one, large lemon Maldon salt and coarse black pepper 1 teaspoon crushed garlic 1/4 cup basil leaves 1/4 cup almonds with skin on, roughly chopped 2 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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