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Three-Cup Chicken Recipe

Three-Cup Chicken Recipe

Three-Cup Chicken Recipe

The first time I heard about this dish, I thought it was a Taiwanese dish. But after doing some research, I discovered that originated from China. Wen Tiansiang was the Duke of Xinguo and he is known in Chinese history for his loyalty to the Song Dynasty. He refused Khubilai Khan’s demand for the Song forces to surrender to the Khan invasion and suffered for four years in a military prison before he was executed. He wrote many poems in prison and one of the most well known lines from one of his poems goes “None since the advent of time have escaped death, may my loyalty forever illuminate the annuals of history.” This dish was prepared by a kind prison warden who was also from Wen’s home town in Jiangxi. He made this dish with limited ingredients, one cup of sweet rice wine, one cup of soy sauce and one cup of lard, to stew the chicken for Wen before his execution. In Taiwan, the recipe for this dish has evolved into one cup of rice wine, one cup of soy sauce and one cup of dark sesame oil. The aroma of this dish is just divine and it tastes wonderful as well.

Ingredients :

  • 2–3 Tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 6 slices ginger
  • 5 chicken legs, including drumsticks and thighs, deboned and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • A handful of basil

Seasoning

  • 90 ml (3 fl oz / 3/8 cup) dark sesame oil
  • 90 ml (3 fl oz / 3/8 cup) light soy sauce
  • 90 ml (3 fl oz / 3/8 cup) rice wine
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Method :

  1. Heat the dark sesame oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the ginger and stir-fry until the ginger is dry.
  2. Add the chicken legs and stir-fry it until the chicken changes colour and is cooked.
  3. Add the garlic, chilli and seasoning. Stir-fry to mix, then cover the wok and simmer over low heat for 15–20 minutes until the mixture is dry.
  4. Add the basil and stir-fry lightly. Dish out and serve.

Serves 4

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Source :
HOME-STYLE
TAIWANESE COOKING
Family Favourites – Classic Street Foods – Popular Snacks
by : Tsung-Yun Wan

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See also Taiwanese Recipe “Boiled Chicken with Spicy Ginger-Garlic Dip recipe”