Thai Basil Chicken

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One of the things my husband and I love most about living near Austin is all the wonderful gluten-free Thai food we can find locally. We’ve got haunts for cheap Thai food, fancy Thai food, not-too-spicy Thai food, and everything in between. Thai Iced Tea is our favorite beverage. Thai basil is our favorite herb. Thai omelets are our favorite breakfast. Tom Kha Gai is our favorite soup. These facts tell me two things: 1) My husband and I are culinary soulmates and 2) We definitely need to go to Thailand someday.

But, you know, there’s that little thing called the autoimmune protocol. Finding gluten-free Thai food might be easy, but grain-free, legume-free, nightshade-free, egg-free, seed-free, and nut-free Thai food? Erm. That sounds hard. Which is why I decided to usher in the new year by developing some ultra-tasty homemade AIP-friendly Thai-inspired dishes to keep us on track and maybe even save us some green in 2017.

The result? This Thai Basil Chicken will blow your mind. Not only is it super easy to make, it is so gooooooood! Serve with some cauliflower rice and a Thai drinking vinegar for a truly Thai-tastic AIP meal.

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Thai Basil Chicken
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Serves: 4 servings
  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir-fry the garlic and ginger for 1 minute.
  2. Add the chicken and stir-fry 5 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except basil and simmer, stirring frequently, until the chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the basil and serve.


About Christina Feindel

Christina Feindel came to the AIP after she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's, Celiac, and Interstitial Cystitis in her early twenties after more than a decade of declining health. As her degenerative and debilitating symptoms began disappearing, Christina began sharing recipes and experiences at A Clean Plate and is now the author of several healthy e-books. Christina believes that good, healthy food should be accessible and appealing to anyone on any budget, with any amount of time, and with the bare minimum of ingredients. She also believes that any illness can be improved or even eliminated by starting with a clean plate. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.


  • Celeste Gober says

    Can I substitute regular basil (Italian basil) as that is all I see offered, even at my local Whole Foods?

  • Amy says

    Hello! I’m excited to try this but am wondering if I can substitute anything for the apple cider vinegar? I’m sensitive/intolerant to yeast, so don’t believe I can have ACV, but it’s in so many of the AIP recipes.
    Thanks for any suggestions and feedback!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Amy, you could try some lemon juice!

  • Sarah says

    This chicken is so good and really easy to put together on a weeknight. Thank you for sharing!

  • Cristina says

    I have seen coconut aminos in several recipes. I have liquid aminos in my fridge. Are these not allowed on AIP?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Christina, it depends on the brand, but most aminos are made from wheat/soy and are not included on the elimination diet. Coconut is an AIP-friendly alternative. Hope it helps!

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  • Amy Walter says

    What do you mean by chopped (chicken)

  • Debbie Erman says

    Thanks! I really love this and it’s so easy to put together. Mm!!

  • Skip says

    Unfortunately I cannot stomach anything fishy. The slightest hint of fish and up it comes (sorry). Any subs for the fish sauce?

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  • Bev says

    This was super easy and super tasty.
    Thanks for a great recipe

  • Sarah Evert says

    Hello, I am interested in trying this recipe and wondered what I could use as an alternative to bacon fat?

    Thanks, Sarah

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Sarah! You can try using a different solid cooking fat like coconut oil, duck fat, or tallow.

  • carmi hooks says

    Hi! This is so delicious! I love having it over cauliflower rice and sometimes adding some broccoli or other veggies with it! I also needed this fast with minimal work so I stir-fried the garlic and ginger and then added all the ingredients to the Instant pot! Amazing! Thank you for the recipe!

  • if I don’t have bacon fat, will the recipe still turn out right?

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  • Carolina Jimenez says

    I can’r find fresh thai basil. Can I use dried? Or, can I use regular fresh basil

  • Cassidy says

    This was INSANELY delicious! Thank you SO much for sharing!

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