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
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Delicious homemade Taiwanese Three Cup Chicken ! 

Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Chinese, Taiwanese
Author: ChihYu
  • 1 1/2 lbs Chicken thigh / cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp Avocado or olive oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger minced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 slice of red hot chili peppers
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp Coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 whole bunch basil (best Thai or Asian basil)
  • 3-4 pieces Chinese dry red chili peppers optional
  1. Heat avocado or olive oil in a saute pan when hot, add minced garlic and ginger for about 8-10 seconds until fragrant. 

  2. Add chicken and pan fry until the chicken pieces are in golden brown color. 

  3. Add 2 tbsp sesame oil, balsamic vinegar, coconut aminos, and tomato paste. Keep stir frying until the sauce thickens

  4. Mixe in basil leaves and red chili peppers and lightly stir fry before serving


Make these for dinner !

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