Remove excess fat from the chicken and dice into 1 cm cubes. Tenderize the cubes with a knife. Add the seasonings marked ●, and rub well to season the chicken.
Slice the green and red or yellow bell peppers and onion into 5-6mm thin strips. Mince the garlic and ginger. Remove the seeds from the red chilli peppers.
Put the oil, garlic, ginger and red chilli pepper in a frying pan, then turn on the heat. If you heat the pan beforehand, these ingredients will burn!
When the garlic is cooked and aromatic, add the chicken breast.
When the chicken is cooked halfway, add the onion and bell peppers. Keep stir-frying.
Season with the sake, fish sauce, oyster sauce and sugar. If you don't like the fish sauce (or you don't have it), add soy sauce. That version is also tasty.
When the moisture in the pan is gone and the seasonings are absorbed into the ingredients evenly, tear off the basil leaves and add them in. Stir briefly, and it's done.
Put warm cooked rice in a mold and take it out to shape a mountain. Place the rice on a plate. Jasmin rice (Thai rice) is the best for this dish! (Recipe ID: 2379130)
Fry an egg with generous amount of oil (not listed in ingredients), and place it on top of the dish. Cook until the egg white is crispy (this is the way they do it in Thailand).
Serve the rice with stir-fried chicken and basil. Top with the fried egg, lemon and basil. Enjoy.
[Recipe for reference] This is also a popular street food dish in Thailand. Hainanese chicken rice, boiled chicken cooked with rice. (Recipe ID: 2382114)
Story Behind this Recipe
I love travelling in Southeast Asia, and I'm hooked on Thai cuisine! All of my family love it. I cook Thai curry or other Southeast Asian food at least twice a week, and long grain rice would be the best for those dishes. Try them because they are tasty in the different way from Japanese rice (Recipe ID: 2379130).
You may use ground chicken, but chopped chicken thigh would be tastier because it is flavourful with nicer texture. In Thailand, holy basil (Thai basil) is used for this dish, but you can use sweet basil instead. If possible, add kaffir lime leaves so the dish will have a more authentic taste.