Three Cup Chicken

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The name for this dish comes from the three key ingredients used: chicken stock, Chinese black vinegar, and soy sauce.

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Marinate chicken with cornstarch and soy sauce

Step 1 - Marinate chicken

  • In a bowl, add chicken, 1 tsp cornstarch and 2 tsp soy sauce.
  • Stir to coat and set aside to marinate for 15 minutes.
    Use chicken breast or thigh as a substitute
Traditional three cup chicken is named for the equal amounts of sesame oil, Chinese rice wine, and soy sauce used.
Cook chicken with garlic in a frying pan

Step 2 - Cook chicken

  • Heat a wok over high heat.
  • Add the oil, swirling to coat the sides. Add 3 cloves of thinly sliced garlic and 2 thinly shallots and stir-fry until fragrant, about 10 seconds.
  • Add the marinated chicken and cook for about 1 minute.
Add palm sugar into frying pan with chicken and long bean

Step 3 - Add vegetables and seasoning

  • Add red chilies and long beans and cook until tender crisp for about 30 seconds.
  • Add soy sauce, chicken stock, Chinese black vinegar, 1 Tbsp fish sauce and 1 Tbsp palm sugar.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring until sauce thickens, for about 1 minute. Toss in the basil and remove from heat.

Plate and Serve!

Steamed chicken with sauce in a pot

Serve hot.

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