Three Cup Chicken 三杯鸡

Three Cup Chicken is a popular Taiwanese dish.  Three cups refer to 1 cup cooking wine, 1 cup sesame oil and 1 cup soy sauce.  The truth is usually people don't use that much condiment.

I like the fragrant of basil, which is added at the last stage.  This dish goes very well with rice.  I usually have to cook extra rice when I prepare Three Cup Chicken. 


1.  2 chicken thighs (chopped into chunks)
2.  4 tbsp. light soy sauce
3.  1/2 tsp dark soy sauce

Chicken thigh, light and dark soy sauce

4.   4 cloves of garlic (halved)
5.  5 slices of ginger
6.  1 chilli (cut)
7.  some basil leaves

8.  1/2 small bowl of warm water
9.  2 tbsp. oil
10.  4 tbsp. cooking wine
11.  1 tbsp rook sugar
12.  2 tsp sesame oil
13.  1/2 tsp black vinegar


1.  Marinade chicken with light soy sauce and dark soy sauce for 30 min.
2.  Pour warm water and oil into a pan and on the heat.
3.  Place chicken chunks into the pan when water starts to boil.  Cover pan with lid for about 15 min or until 70% cooked.

Place chicken in the pan with warm water and oil

1.  In a hot pan, heat oil and sautee chilli, garlic and ginger until fragrant and garlic is slightly brown.

2.  Add cooking wine and let it simmer for a few seconds.
3.  Add the 70% cooked chicken and sauce into the pan.

4.  Add rook sugar and cover pan with lid.  Cook until liquid is reduced.
5.  Add sesame oil into the heated claypot.  Lay a layer of basil leaves in the pot.
     Place chicken into the claypot.  Drizzle dark vinegar before serving.


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