I love shiso…but I was waiting for months and months for my shiso plant to grow enough so I could remove some leaves. Shiso is a fairly common ingredient in Asian cuisine, especially Japanese. You need to acquire the taste of it…and amazingly my husband who was not exposed to shiso before, enjoyed this dish. This is a very simple recipe to prepare if you like shiso, and only uses a few ingredients. It is great paired with white rice.
1 lb skinless and boneless chicken thighs, sliced
3-4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 ½ tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon corn starch
Salt and pepper to taste.
1 medium onion thinly sliced
1 bunch shiso leaves
In a medium bowl add the chicken, garlic, salt, pepper, ½ tablespoon soy sauce and the corn starch. Let it sit for approximately 5 minutes. In the meantime slice the onion.
In a wok or frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sautee the chicken in high heat until cooked. Remove from the heat and set aside.
In the same pan add the onion, and cook until slightly soft, add the shiso leaves and the remaining soy sauce, sautee until the shiso leaves turn soft. Add the cooked chicken to the onion mix and serve hot.
Hope you enjoy this simple recipe of chicken and shiso.
You might want to check out the recipe for chicken with asparagus which in a way is as delicious and healthy as the chicken with shiso.
Did you know that shiso is from the mint family? Moreover, shiso is also called perilla or beefsteak plant and it is widely used in Asian cuisine. Besides the green shiso there is also a red shiso, which leaves are not red, but purple.