I’ve always been fond of Thai basil chicken. The mixture of ground chicken, garlic, fish sauce, basil, chilis, vegetables and lime is outstanding. I’ve also always adored tod mun, little fried cakes (usually fish) served with dipping sauce in Thai restaurants. And finally, I’m developing a bit of a thing for breakfast sausage patties, but I don’t eat pork, so I usually make my own.
It was time for these three tastes to converge.
I thawed a pound of ground chicken from Stokesberry Sustainable Farms. They sell at a lot of our local markets and have inspired me with their own really tasty chicken breakfast sausage patties to make my own. The flavors of Thai basil chicken come out in this recipe. Serve them for breakfast with fried eggs, or as an appetizer or dinner with dipping sauce or rice or vegetables or cauliflower.
Thai Basil Chicken Breakfast Sausage Patties (Tod Mun Kraprao Kai)
(yields 12-16 small patties)
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 egg
- 3-4 tablespoons coconut flour or rice flour (optional)
- 2-3 thai chili peppers (Tip: if you can only find fresh Thai chilis in a larger quantity than you’ll use in the time they’d stay fresh, freeze the rest and take them out as you need them. Works great with lime leaves too. Speaking of which…)
- 2-3 Thai lime leaves/kaffir lime leaves
- a pinch of white pepper
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion to 1/4 large onion
- 2 carrots
- large handful or three of basil leaves
- zest of one lime
- juice of 1/2 lime
- optional: a little Thai panang or green curry paste for extra flavor
1. Chop onion, garlic and carrots very small.
2. In a large bowl, mix chicken, egg, flour, white pepper, and vegetables. Add a little Thai panang or green curry paste if you’re using it.
3. Cut up lime leaves and peppers directly into the mixture. I always cut both of these with a pair of scissors because it makes it ridiculously easy and you don’t get chili oils on your fingers. Waiting until you’re ready to let the pieces fall right into whatever your cooking also helps you avoid touching the cut bits.
4. Zest in the lime, and squeeze in half its juice. Stir again.
5. Wrap up the bowl and stick it in the fridge for 12-24 hours to marinate (you can skip this is you really want to eat this NOW).
6. Notice I haven’t mentioned the basil yet? Chop the basil finely and stir it in, so it’s nice and fresh.
7. Make it into small patties and freeze them on a baking sheet. Once frozen, store them all in a freezer bag.
8. When ready to cook, heat up some coconut oil, schmaltz or high oleic sunflower oil. Fry on each side directly from the freezer until brown.