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Instant Pot Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice Recipe Instant Pot Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

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Instant Pot Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

Written by: Lucas Johnson

This Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice is my go-to comfort food. It's a burst of flavors with tender chicken, vibrant veggies, and aromatic basil, all cooked up in my trusty Instant Pot.

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I've unearthed a treasure here, folks! This isn't your regular fried rice, it's a fusion of flavours, a dance of ingredients where east meets west. My go-to instant pot Thai basil chicken fried rice! Imagine tender chunks of chicken mingling with vibrant veggies, all wrapped up in a garland of aromatic basil. Every bite is a mini trip to Thailand, right from the comfort of your kitchen. Tempted? Alright, let's get cooking!

Ingredients You'll Need

  • Oil: Essential for cooking the chicken and vegetables, adding flavor and preventing sticking in the instant pot.
  • Chicken: Protein base of the dish, adds heartiness and flavor to the fried rice.
  • Garlic: Infuses the dish with aromatic flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the fried rice.
  • Red bell pepper: Adds sweetness and crunch, as well as a pop of color to the fried rice.
  • Peas: Brings a touch of sweetness and color, adding texture and flavor to the dish.
  • Rice: The base of the dish, absorbs the flavors of the sauces and ingredients, creating a satisfying meal.
  • Soy sauce: Provides saltiness and umami flavor, essential for seasoning and enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • Oyster sauce: Adds depth of flavor and richness to the dish, complementing the other sauces and ingredients.
  • Fish sauce: Enhances the savory flavor profile of the dish, adding a unique umami taste.
  • Sugar: Balances out the saltiness and enhances the overall flavor profile of the fried rice.
  • Basil leaves: Adds a fresh, aromatic flavor to the dish, elevating the taste and providing a hint of Thai cuisine.

Essential Tools for Making This Dish

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the rice and chicken quickly without compromising on flavor.
  • Knife: Needed to dice the chicken and vegetables for even cooking and distribution of ingredients.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves

Instructions:

  1. Set the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat the oil.
  2. Add the chicken and garlic, and cook until the chicken is browned.
  3. Add the bell pepper and peas, and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cooked rice, soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar.
  5. Close the Instant Pot lid and set to manual high pressure for 1 minute.
  6. Quick release the pressure and stir in the fresh basil leaves before serving.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 480 kcal | Carbohydrates: 54 g | Protein: 30 g | Total Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 75 mg | Sodium: 1100 mg | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 6 g | Calcium: 80 mg | Potassium: 600 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Vitamin A: 500 µg | Vitamin C: 60 mg

Tips for Making Ahead and Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the recipe as directed and let it cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the dish to cool to room temperature.
  • Place in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Label with the date and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

One interesting fact about this instant pot Thai basil chicken fried rice recipe is that you can add a splash of coconut milk for a subtle tropical flavor twist. It complements the dish beautifully and adds a unique touch to the traditional recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ:
Can I use a different type of meat instead of chicken?
Yes, you can substitute chicken with beef, pork, shrimp, or tofu for a different flavor.
How spicy is this dish with the basil leaves?
The dish has a mild spice level from the basil leaves, but you can adjust the heat by adding more or less depending on your preference.
Can I use dried basil instead of fresh basil leaves?
While fresh basil leaves provide the best flavor, you can use dried basil as a substitute. Just use a smaller amount as dried herbs are more concentrated.
Is this recipe gluten-free?
To make this recipe gluten-free, ensure that the soy sauce and oyster sauce you use are gluten-free varieties.
Can I meal prep this dish for the week?
Yes, this dish is great for meal prep. Store it in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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