#COOKING: THREE CUP CHICKEN RECIPE
Three Cup Chicken | 三杯雞. This is a signature Taiwanese dish which I’ve updated as one, many of us dislike bones and also two, the traditional recipe calls for a cup of wine, soy sauce and sesame oil. I don’t want to die of sodium and cholesterol! Yeah, no. LOL.
This actually is a close cousin to Basil Chicken, a Thai signature, which has fish and oyster sauces. This doesn’t. This one is really savoury and caramelized, loaded with flavour and brightened with fresh notes of basil and scallions. Serve this with some white rice and you’re all set.
1 lb boneless chicken thighs, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup white wine/cooking wine
1/4 cup freeze-dried basil or 3/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
6 slices ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
2 tbsps regular soy sauce
2-3 tbsps dark soy sauce
2 tbsps organic raw sugar
2 stalks green onion, minced
2 red chillies, seeded and minced
2 tbsps vegetable oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
Sea salt, to taste
1. Marinate chicken in salt for minimum 1 hour and refrigerate.
2. Heat oils skillet in large skillet on medium-high heat. Sautée ginger, garlic and chillies till caramelized.
3. Turn heat to high and add chicken, searing till browned on both sides, stirring often to avoid burning.
4. Add 1/4 cup each wine and water. Add soy sauces and sugar. Stir evenly and reduce to low heat, covering skillet.
5. Simmer for 20 minutes at lowest heat possible.
6. Remove lid and turn heat to high again. Allow sauce to reduce till thick, coating the chicken. This can take a few minutes.
7. Toss-in basil and green onion and mix evenly. Transfer to platter. Garnish with fresh basil or green onion. Serve.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)