|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 20g||25%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||17%|
|Total Carbohydrate 16g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 10g|
|Vitamin C 56mg||281%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Most Thai recipes are a combination of sweet, sour, and spicy, and this recipe is the epitome of this flavor combination. You can choose to make the dish mild (without chiles), and it will still turn out wonderful and rich-tasting. Stir-fried with plenty of fresh shiitake mushrooms, this savory chicken dish will satisfy even the biggest of appetites.
For the Chicken Stir-Fry:
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, or breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 to 3 tablespoons oil
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (2-inch) pieces galangal, or ginger cut into matchstick pieces
2 tablespoons sherry
6 to 8 medium fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
5 to 8 fresh basil, or cilantro leaves
Steamed Thai jasmine rice, optional, for serving
For the Tamarind Sauce:
Gather the ingredients.
Place sliced chicken in a bowl. Dissolve the cornstarch in the soy sauce and pour over. Stir well to saturate the chicken with the sauce. Set aside to marinate while you make the tamarind sauce.
Make the tamarind stir-fry sauce by mixing the tamarind paste, chicken stock, fish sauce, sugar, and chiles in a small bowl.
Heat a wok or large frying pan over high or medium-high heat. Drizzle in the oil then add the garlic, galangal or ginger, and the chicken along with the marinade.
Stir-fry for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until chicken is opaque when sliced through. Add a little sherry (1 tablespoon at a time) as you stir-fry whenever the pan starts to become dry.
Add the mushrooms, then start adding the tamarind sauce 2 to 3 tablespoons at a time. Continue stir-frying in this way until all the sauce has been added and the chicken and mushrooms are cooked, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and serve with fresh basil sprinkled over and plenty of Thai jasmine rice.
- The use of low- or no-sodium chicken stock is to prevent the dish from being too salty, given that soy sauce that is already added to the dish. By using a no-salt-added chicken stock, you can better control the final salt and seasoning level of the finished dish. If you only have regular stock on hand, we recommend cutting back the soy sauce to 2 tablespoons to start and adjusting with more as needed.
- It is very important that you taste test and adjust the seasonings. This is all about preference—if you like sour, you may not need to add more sugar. If the dish isn't spicy enough for you, add a little more fresh chile (or chili sauce). If it turns out too salty, add a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon juice. Note that the sourness factor also depends on how thick or strong your tamarind paste is.
- In addition to the mushrooms (or in place of them), add your choice of vegetables to this stir-fry. Spring onions, snow peas, and bell peppers are all tasty options.
- Enjoy rice noodles instead of jasmine rice with this dish.
The Flavors of Thai Cuisine
When you are served a typical Thai meal, you will enjoy all five main flavors—sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and of course, spicy.