Sha Cha chicken is chicken that is braised in a flavorful sha cha sauce. Sha Cha sauce or paste is a Chinese condiment primarily used in Fujian, Teochew, and Taiwanese cuisines. It is made from soybean oil, garlic, shallots, chilis, brill fish, and dried shrimp.
The flavor nuances are of a savory and slightly spicy nature. Sha Cha sauce is very similar in taste to American bbq sauce and is a great complement to the chicken.
Chicken is first marinated in a combination of soy sauce, cooking wine, cornstarch and water and then stir fried with aromatics like onion and garlic, green peppers and the Sha Cha sauce. You can find the sauce in asian food markets or online.
Chicken is tender from the marinating and bursting with exotic flavors. The sauce itself is quite salty so I do not add any more salt to the dish.
To make this stir fry is so easy on the brain and it comes out amazing every single time. Serve it over steamed rice for a complete meal. You can use green bell peppers if you like the dish to be on a milder side or use chili peppers to make it spicy, whatever suits your personal palette.
Follow the steps below to make this Cantonese cuisine dish, Sha Cha chicken.