3-Cup Chicken

originally uses a cup each of sesame oil, soy sauce and rice wine author: Sam Sifton source: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017456-three-cup-chicken


  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into coins

  • 12 cloves of garlic, peeled

  • 4 whole scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 dried red peppers or 1 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless or bone-in, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 tablespoon unrefined or light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup mirin

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 2 cups fresh Thai basil leaves


  • Heat a wok over high heat and add 2 tablespoons sesame oil. When the oil shimmers, add the ginger, garlic, scallions and peppers, and cook until fragrant, approximately 2 minutes.

  • Scrape the aromatics to the sides of the wok, add remaining oil and allow to heat through. Add the chicken, and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is browned and crisping at the edges, approximately 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Add sugar and stir to combine, then add the rice wine and soy sauce, and bring just to a boil. Lower the heat, then simmer until the sauce has reduced and started to thicken, approximately 15 minutes.

  • Turn off the heat, add the basil and stir to combine. Serve with white rice.