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Playing How to Make a Snackable Supper: Corn Fritters with Thai Chili Sauce + Thai Chicken with Basil | Rachael Ray

Rach pairs two "super-quick and easy" Thai-inspired dishes that she likes to prepare for friends in her remote area of Italy because they don't get the chance to eat non-Italian food very often. She calls the meal a "snackable supper," and it's fun to graze on as everyone talks and hangs out. She mixes red curry paste and lime leaves into the fritters and serves them with chili sauce and lime wedges. The chicken is basically a Thai stir fry that you can spoon into lettuce cups or over rice. (Rach likes to top the rice version with soft-centered fried eggs.) YUM! 

For more Thai dishes, check out Rach's Pad Thai and Jordan Andino's Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles


For the Corn Fritters:
  • About 1 quart frying oil
  • 4 large ears of corn, kernels scraped
  • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon each granulated garlic, onion and ginger
  • About 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 or 5 lime leaves, very thinly sliced (if you cannot find, add about 1 tablespoon lime zest)
  • Thai chili sauce and lime wedges, to serve
For the Thai Chicken and Basil:
  • About 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Thai seasoning sauce, plus pass at table to taste
  • About 4 tablespoons high temp cooking oil
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated or finely chopped
  • 4 or 5 scallions, greens and whites separated and all finely chopped
  • 4 or 5 small red Thai chilies for spicy or 3 Fresno chilies for less heat, thinly sliced
  • 1 package or 12 ounces green beans or haricot verts, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 1 cup packed Thai basil leaves or basil leaves
  • Lettuce cups or jasmine rice cooked to package directions, to serve
  • Fried eggs cooked covered in nonstick pan to desired doneness (if serving with rice; optional)


Serves: 4


For the corn fritters, heat oil over medium to medium-high heat.

Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Nonstick Frying Pan with Helper Handle

Rachael Ray Hard Anodized Nonstick Frying Pan with Helper Handle

Rachael Ray

Add half the corn to food processor along with curry paste, egg, rice flour, baking powder, granulated garlic, onion and ginger and some salt. Process until smooth and transfer to bowl, then stir in remaining whole corn kernels and lime leaves.      

Cook rounded tablespoonfuls of fritters to golden on each side, remove to drain and serve with sauce and lime wedges.  

For the Thai chicken and basil, stir up sauces. 

Heat a large nonstick or a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat with oil, 4 turns of the pan. Brown the chicken and finely crumble. Add garlic, ginger, the whites of the scallions, chilies, beans and white pepper. Toss 3 to 4 minutes to brown up the beans, too. Add the sauces and wilt in basil. If pan looks dry, add ½ cup water or stock. Garnish with scallion greens.

Serve with lettuce cups or jasmine rice with a fried egg on top (if using).