Recipes Main Courses Poultry and Game Stir-Fried Chicken with Walnuts and Basil

Stir-Fried Chicken with Walnuts and Basil

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Walnuts are a significant source of omega-3s, which boost the immune system and promote heart health. Because of their fat content, walnuts are uniquely satisfying, and their rich flavor enhances all kinds of dishes, including stir-fries.


  • 3 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. peanut oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, each 6 oz., thinly sliced across the grain
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
  • Steamed brown rice for serving


In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, lime juice and honey; set aside.

In a wok over high heat, warm 1/2 Tbs. of the oil. Add the bell pepper and cook until just soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Warm the remaining 1/2 Tbs. oil in the wok, add the shallots and cook, stirring constantly, until they begin to brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the chicken and cook, stirring frequently, until opaque, 3 to 4 minutes.

Return the bell pepper to the wok and stir in the soy sauce mixture, the basil and walnuts. Cook just until the basil is wilted, about 1 minute. Serve immediately with steamed rice. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Eat Well, by Charity Ferreira (Oxmoor House, 2008).