This is a dish originally from Jiangxi, China. People in Taiwan fell in love with this dish and added Asian basil to amplify the flavor.
The aroma comes from a combination of sesame oil, soy sauce, and wine, hence the name 3 cup chicken. The chicken is marinated and sauteed until the sauce thickens. This dish is full of bold flavor and very appetizing.
Hint: To make authentic 3 cup chicken, you will need a good amount of basil to accentuate the flavor. Follow the instructions below and I guarantee this dish will become a regular in your recipe book !
- 1 tbsp EVOO or coconut oil
- 2 tbsp garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp ginger, minced
- 1½ lbs Chicken thigh / cut into small pieces
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 slice of red hot chili peppers
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp Tamari soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine (Michu)
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- Basil 1 whole bunch
- Heat coconut oil or EVOO in a saute pan
- Fried garlic and ginger until fragrant
- Add chicken and pan fried until the surface is browned
- Discard the oil & Set aside fried ginger, garlic, and chicken
- Heat sesame oil in a saute pan
- Add the ingredients from steps 2 and 3 back to the pan. Saute for another 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add balsamic, wine, tamari soy sauce, tomato paste.
- Keep stir frying until the sauce thickens
- Mixe in basil leaves and red chili peppers and lightly stir fry before serving