Three Cup Chicken and Spinach Stir-fry

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We just finished binging on Parts Unknown, the Anthony Bourdain Netflix series about countries and the different foods eaten there. To be honest, the name has a double meaning, not only are some of the locations unknown, so is some of the food.....especially those dishes related to animal proteins. You see...

My own father was not a hunter. We did not eat game meat unless it was served when invited for dinner. Consequently, I have never developed a taste for game meat or the other meat shown in this series.  My husband a more hearty individual than myself had a keen interest to try some of what was featured, but would pass on some as well! Granted I was not familiar with many of the fruits, vegetables, and grains, either, but they do not offer me the same kneejerk reaction to say "oh, no thank you!" as the meat did...

There was one dish that caught my fancy. A simple dish cooked by one of the many street vendors in Asia. She referred to her dish "3 Cup Chicken". The three cups did not indicate the volume of food she served because she cooked and served hundreds of folks all day long! 

No, the 3 cups indicated the number of different flavors she brought together for her own special seasoning sauce.  The large kettle was filled with delicious food many times each day. But the method remained true, it was equal parts of the following ingredients, Mirin (rice wine), soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil.

And I have to tell you that toasted sesame oil is one of my favorite flavors in the whole world! Well, at least on the same level as all my other favorite flavors in the world. I can be a bit fickle when talking about my favorite flavor....

The process is quick, combine equal measures from the 3 cups. Marinate the chicken for 45 minutes or so, stirfry with lots of vegetables and dinner is ready! You can choose the vegetables because this is really about the 3 cups of flavor...
Three Cup Chicken and Spinach Stir-fry
Three Cup Chicken and Spinach Stir-fry.

Three Cup Chicken and Spinach Stir-fry

inspired by: Parts Unknown, with Anthony Bourdain

2 T soy sauce
2 T Mirin
2 T toasted sesame oil
4 chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 large handfuls of fresh spinach leaves
coconut oil or oil of choice for frying

Combine soy sauce, Mirin, and toasted sesame oil. Add cubed chicken and let sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes or prepare in the morning and keep in the refrigerator until ready to make dinner.

Inspired by Anthony Bourdain and Parts Unknown.

Heat coconut oil in a large flat bottom pan, when hot add chicken along with the marinade that clings to the chicken (most will go in the pan, there will only be about 2 T left behind), stir and fry until chicken is almost done and most of the liquid has evaporated.

There Cup Chicken and Spinach Stir-fry, inspired from Parts Unknown, with Anthony Bourdain.

Add spinach and continue to stir until spinach is wilted adding the remaining marinade to season the chicken.

There Cup Chicken and Spinach Stir-fry, inspired from Parts Unknown, with Anthony Bourdain.

Keep the heat on high to boil out the moisture that cooks out of the spinach. Take care not to scorch or burn the mixture. Serve immediately, dinner is served.


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  1. Melynda, this sounds really good. I agree about the toasted sesame oil -- I love the stuff. --Rocquie

  2. I love toasted sesame oil too! This looks really good, and I like the idea of having a sauce like this -- easy to remember, ingredients always on hand.

    1. I will be trying this with other combinations of meat and veggies.

  3. I love chicken and spinach, so I plan to make this soon.

    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Thanks for stopping by.


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