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Thai Turkey with Basil

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  • A full cup of basil transforms ground turkey into a Thai-infused dinner.

    A full cup of basil transforms ground turkey into a Thai-infused dinner.
    Courtesy of Jackie Burke

  • Courtesy of Jackie Burke


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cloves chopped garlic

1 poblano chili pepper, washed, cleaned and small dice (seeds and stem discarded)

pound ground turkey

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 cup basil leaves (Italian or Thai)

teaspoon red pepper flakes

In a wok or skillet over medium heat, heat oil and then saute garlic for 15 seconds. Add poblano pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Add ground turkey and stir fry, breaking meat up into small pieces, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and stir fry for 2 minutes.

Transfer turkey to a serving bowl; serve over jasmine rice or wrap filling into lettuce leaves.

Serves four.

Cook's note: You can use fresh mint leaves instead of basil and substitute ground chicken or pork for the turkey.

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