This is a dish originally from Jiangxi, China. People in Taiwan fell in love with this dish and added Asian basil to amplify the flavor.

The aroma comes from a combination of sesame oil, soy sauce, and wine, hence the name 3 cup chicken. The chicken is marinated and sauteed until the sauce thickens. This dish is full of bold flavor and very appetizing.

Hint: To make authentic 3 cup chicken, you will need a good amount of basil to accentuate the flavor. Follow the instructions below and I guarantee this dish will become a regular in your recipe book !


Taiwanese Three Cup Chicken
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Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Taiwanese, Chinese
Serves: 2-3 servings
  • 1 tbsp EVOO or coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1½ lbs Chicken thigh / cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 slice of red hot chili peppers
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine (Michu)
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • Basil 1 whole bunch
  1. Heat coconut oil or EVOO in a saute pan
  2. Fried garlic and ginger until fragrant
  3. Add chicken and pan fried until the surface is browned
  4. Discard the oil & Set aside fried ginger, garlic, and chicken
  5. Heat sesame oil in a saute pan
  6. Add the ingredients from steps 2 and 3 back to the pan. Saute for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Add balsamic, wine, tamari soy sauce, tomato paste.
  8. Keep stir frying until the sauce thickens
  9. Mixe in basil leaves and red chili peppers and lightly stir fry before serving
  10. Enjoy

Make these for dinner !

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