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Sesame Oil Chicken Recipe (Ma You Ji 麻油雞)

Sesame Oil Chicken Recipe (Ma You Ji 麻油雞)

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Sesame Oil Chicken is a super flavorful traditional Taiwanese dish made by cooking chicken with sesame oil, sliced ginger and rice wine. Not to be confused with the popular Sesame Chicken dish served in Chinese Restaurants in America, this dish is savory and not sweet. This recipe is easy and delicious!

By the way, I speak both English and Chinese – and the linguistics of things always interests me so I thought I’d share this. The Chinese name of this Sesame Oil Chicken dish is Ma You Ji (麻油雞):

  • 麻油 = Ma You = Sesame Oil
  • 雞 = Ji = Chicken

So this is a direct translation of it’s Chinese and Taiwanese name!

This dish is often used to be ‘healing’ and ‘healthy’, similar to the Sesame Oil Kidney Noodle Soup. So it’s often eating in the winter time to prepare your body for the cold.

How to Serve Sesame Oil Chicken

There are two ways we usually serve Sesame Oil Chicken. The first way is to just serve it as an entree with rice. When it is served in this fashion, we add a few veggie side dishes to go with it – such as Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage, or Taiwanese Cabbage.

The other way is to make Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle Soup aka 麻油雞麵線! The broth is super tasty in this dish, which makes a very delicious noodle soup. Traditionally, Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle Soup uses Flour Vermicelli which is a thin noodle.

Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle Soup aka 麻油雞麵線

If you’re going with the noodles, just make sure to cook the noodles as the packaging says, and then drain. Then add it to a bowl with the sesame oil chicken, mushrooms, and soup. You can also add a poached egg in there!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup black / dark sesame oil – this is different than light / pure sesame oil.
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup of dried shiitake mushrooms – technically this is optional, but I find it SO much flavorful if you add this! You can find this in your local Asian supermarket or on amazon.
  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks (about 8 drumsticks) – if you’re not a chicken drumsticks fan, feel free to use any other type of chicken. I’ve seen this made with chicken thighs and a whole chicken even before.
  • 3 cups michiu (Rice cooking wine)
  • Water
  • Salt, as desired
  • Red dates and goji berries, optional

Instructions

First we want to soak our dried shiitake mushrooms in some water. In a small bowl, add mushrooms and fill with water. Let it soak for 20 minutes. Do not discard the mushroom juice water!

In a big skillet or pan, heat up sesame oil on low heat. Once the sesame is warm, add sliced ginger.

Fry the ginger until aromatic, the sides may start curling up a little. Takes about just a minute.

Turn heat to medium high and add chicken . Let it cook stirring occasionally to make sure even cooking for about 5 minutes.

Add michiu rice wine to the pan, and continue to stir the chicken occasionally until browned, about another 2-3 minutes.

This part is kind of optional, but I usually transfer everything to a pot at this point. However, you can also keep it in the same pan. The reason I move to a pot is because the soup quantity is perfect when I do that.

After transferring to a pot, add enough water to cover all the chicken. If you wanted to add red dates and/or goji berries, this is also the time to add it. Cook on high heat to bring to a boil.

Add shiitake mushrooms and the shiitake mushrooms juice in to the pot.

Then, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

Add salt as desired, and then remove from heat and serve!

I think the delicious sesame oil chicken flavor got Simba hungry! LOL

Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle Soup

As mentioned you can make this in to a noodle soup, if you are planning to do this, just cook noodles as directed. Traditionally, thing noodles are used. Then you add the broth and chicken of the sesame oil chicken to make the Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle Soup.

Smells so good – my puppy Simba wanted some! LOL

Sesame Oil Chicken Recipe (Ma You Ji)

Sesame Oil Chicken Recipe (Ma You Ji)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dark sesame oil
  • 1 cup of dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 lbs chicken drumsticks (about 8 drumsticks)
  • 3 cups michiu (Rice cooking wine)
  • Water
  • Salt, as desired
  • Red dates and/or goji berries, optional

Instructions

  1. First we want to soak our dried shiitake mushrooms in some water. In a small bowl, add mushrooms and fill with water. Let it soak for 20 minutes. Do not discard the mushroom juice water!
  2. In a big skillet or pan, heat up sesame oil on low heat. Once the sesame is warm, add sliced ginger.
  3. Fry the ginger until aromatic, the sides may start curling up a little. Takes about just a minute.
  4. Turn heat to medium high and add chicken . Let it cook stirring occasionally to make sure even cooking for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add michiu rice wine to the pan, and continue to stir the chicken occasionally until browned, about another 2-3 minutes.
  6. This part is kind of optional, but I usually transfer everything to a pot at this point. However, you can also keep it in the same pan. The reason I move to a pot is because the soup quantity is perfect when I do that.
  7. After transferring to a pot, add enough water to cover all the chicken. If you wanted to add red dates and/or goji berries, this is also the time to add it. Cook on high heat to bring to a boil.
  8. Add shiitake mushrooms and the shiitake mushrooms juice in to the pot.
  9. Then, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  10. Add salt as desired, and then remove from heat and serve!

Notes

Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle Soup

You can make this in to a Sesame Oil Chicken noodle soup, if you are planning to do this, just cook noodles as directed. Traditionally, thing noodles are used. Then you add the broth and chicken of the sesame oil chicken to make the Sesame Oil Chicken Noodle Soup.

Red Dates

Traditionally, sesame oil chicken do not include red dates, but it is an additional yummy flavor to add to the dish. If you choose to add this ingredient, I recommend using dried red dates, soak in water for 15 minutes prior to adding to soup/broth.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 706Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 288mgSodium: 377mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 7gSugar: 1gProtein: 60g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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Tina

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Hi Tina, do you chop the chicken after it's cooked? Your final picture doesn't look like drumsticks. This looks so delicious; I can't wait to try!

TinaTsai

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Hi there! I chop it before cooking, and it can be drumsticks or other parts of chicken but I recommend dark meat (leg and thighs). I hope you enjoy!

Carolyn

Thursday 12th of August 2021

Could you advise the receipe downsize for 2 pax? As for water, how much water? Also i dont have dark sesame, can i use normal pagoda sesame and amount to use?

TinaTsai

Thursday 12th of August 2021

Hi there, You can downsize for 2 person by halving the ingredients. The point of the water is to cover everything in step 7 in water, so that depends on the pot you're using. And you can use normal sesame oil, but it wouldn't be as flavorful as dark sesame oil. 3 cups rice wine is about 700 ml. Good luck!

Carolyn

Thursday 12th of August 2021

O and can you please advise in ml instead of cup for the rice wine? Thanks

Pat

Sunday 7th of February 2021

Hi Tina! Are you sure about the quantity of michiu (3 cups)? My dish had so much liquid. Still very tasty!

tinatsai

Sunday 7th of February 2021

Yup! Traditionally, some people put even MORE! But I find 3 cups is enough – it’s supposed to be very liquidy / soupy, so you can also eat it with noodles too.

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