Sesame Oil Chicken

The chicken is mildly sweet from being cooked in Chinese rice wine.  From “Saveur” magazine.

Sesame Oil Chicken (Ma You Ji)



  • 1/3 cup dark sesame oil
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3-4 pounds chicken, cut into 16 pieces
  • 2 cups Chinese wine (like michiu)
  • kosher salt
  • cooked rice or cooked somen noodles, for serving



Heat oil in a skillet or wok over high heat; add ginger and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add chicken and toss to coat with the oil, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.  Remove breast meat and transfer to a plate.

Add wine and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium low and simmer, covered, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Return breast meat and cook 15 minutes; season with salt.

Serves 8.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s