Yummy Basil Chicken

How far can a grain fed, antibiotic free, Canadian whole chicken costing $10.12 get you?  Let’s see.  You can divide the whole chicken into three portions:  dark meat (wings and legs), white meat (breast) and bones.

Basil Chicken - Divide Whole Chicken into portions

What does that mean?  You can potentially make three dishes out of this and one of them being Yummy Basil Chicken.

Yummy Basil Chicken

All you need are as follows:

4 cloves of garlic, smashed

4 roughly chopped shallots

1 whole, deboned chicken breast

1 TB Hoisin Sauce

1 TB Oyster Sauce

1 TB Soy sauce

Handful of chopped basil


Heat pan with oil using medium heat, add shallots and garlic, stir until fragrant:

Stir Fry Garlic and shallots for the basil chicken

Add chicken:

Add Chicken for yummy stir fry basil chicken


Simply Yummy Basil Chicken

and cook for around 6 minutes or when the chicken is almost done, then add hoisin sauce and oyster sauce, stir to combine then add soy sauce.  Stir again.

Simply Delicious Basil Chicken Stir Fry

Meanwhile, if you have a basil plant, harvest some basil leaves.  I just LOVE the smell of basil, it really add a nice flavour to your dish.  Remember to cut as closely above a leaf node as you can, where the side shoots emerge.  This will help your plant grow bushier.

Basil Plant

Collect a handful…

Handful of fresh basil for Simply delicious basil chicken

Add chopped basil (or ideally just rip them into pieces this retains the flavour more) onto the chicken:

Simply Delicious Basil Chicken

Stir to combine:

Simply Yummy Basil Chicken

All done!  Mmmmmmmmmmm and it smells so good too!

Yummy Basil Chicken

Don’t forget you still have two more portions to use later on.

Divide Whole Chicken into portions

Freeze them for now and once you have enough chicken legs and wings, you can make a delicious dish out of that and with all the bones you saved up, you can make a nice chicken broth.  By the way, I left some meat on the bones so that the chicken broth will taste more robust.  Stay tuned for some more simply delicious recipes!

The cheapest way to enjoy chicken is definitely buying a whole chicken and divide it yourself.  Yes, there’s some work involved unless you go to a butcher where they cut and divide the portions for you like my favourite Reesors at York’s Farmer’s Market.  But for just $10.12, it is amazing how far you can get with this wholesome, grain fed chicken that’s also antibiotic free!

Remember, it is super easy and cheap to eat wholesome, nutritious food, it just requires a little planning, hence my concept of “Feasting By The Flyer”  ; )

‘Till next time,

xox Lily.

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