stir fried chicken with sweet potato, Thai basil and kaffir lime leaves

  • Author: Recipe Winners
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 serves


This quick and easy Thai stir fry is delicious and will become a firm favourite for its ease to put together and fabulous flavours.


3 plus 1 tablespoon peanut oil

1 large red (Spanish) onion halved and thinly sliced

2 red chillies finely chopped – seeds optional

1lb (500 grams) boneless chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces

12 ounces (350 grams) peeled sweet potato cut into bite size pieces

1 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh garlic

8 kaffir lime leaves finely sliced

2 tablespoons kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 cup plucked Thai basil leaves – substitute with sweet basil if Thai basil is not available

1/2 teaspoon fine white pepper or to taste


  1. Toss sweet potato pieces in 1 tablespoon oil and place on baking sheet for 30 or so minutes till tinged with colour.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok till smoking, add onion stir frying for 1-2 minutes, add garlic and stir fry until golden (1 minute)
  3. Tip onion etc into a bowl.
  4. Pour 2 tablespoons oil into wok and heat until smoking and add chicken pieces stir frying till coloured (3-4 minutes).
  5. Add sweet potato, onions, chilli, kaffir lime leaves, kecap manis, fish sauce and stir fry together for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add Thai basil leaves and pepper, stir fry for a minute.
  7. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.


  1. ABC brand Kecap manis is a sweet thick soy sauce. Squid brand Fish sauce really has no substitute for the salty pungent flavour. Both brands are available in supermarkets and Asian grocery stores.
  2. ABC Brand Kecap Manis and Squid brand fish sauce bottles
  3. Kaffir lime leaves can be stored frozen.
  4. You can replace Thai basil leaves with sweet basil
  5. Adapted from Spirit House Chicken stir-fried with Thai basil and Kaffir lime leaves
  6. Kaffir lime leaf is in two parts, this is classed as 1 leaf
  7. Kaffir lime leaf showing the two parts of the leaf
  • Category: Asian
  • Method: Stir fry
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: stir-fry chicken, basil, pumpkin and kaffir