Sanbeiji is a popular Chinese dish, most often served in Southern China and Taiwan. The dish derives its name from its three key ingredients: sweet rice wine, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Garlic, ginger, fish sauce, honey, and basil round out the flavors in this deceptively simple preparation. Chicken is the most common protein, but pork, and occasionally frog, are also used.
What sets this dish apart is that there is no real trickery involved; the chicken and sauce simmer until the sauce evaporates, then it is removed from heat right when the chicken starts to sizzle and pop. The result is fully-flavored with a delightful texture – no breading or thickener required.
Taiwanese Three Cup Chicken (Gluten-free, Paleo, Primal, Perfect Health Diet)
2 tbsp coconut oil
10 cloves garlic, chopped into large chunks
1″ fresh ginger, sliced into matchsticks
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized chunks
20-25 Thai basil leaves (sweet basil okay)
1. In a wok, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat until shimmering, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the chicken and stir together to incorporate the ingredients; saute, stirring every couple minutes, until the thighs start to brown, about 4 minutes.
2. Add the sauce ingredients, stirring to incorporate. Simmer and reduce the sauce until the sauce is nearly gone, stirring every couple minutes, about 10 minutes total. Just as the sauce disappears and the chicken starts to sizzle, remove from heat, stir in the basil leaves, and serve with white rice or cauliflower rice.