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Three-Cup Chicken

Recently, I had this dish 'Three  Cup Chicken' @   Topwok  restaurant and remembered having seen this post in some blogs.  Yes, it was in  3 Hungry tummies  and it was well illustrated with step by step pictures.  I ventured to try this out but tweaked it a bit and yes it was ......... yummy!  This recipe is a keeper for sure and I will definitely cook this again.

I used Chinese tea cups and measured.  1 tea cup holds 6 Tbsp liquid.  The cup on the left is sesame oil, middle one is light soya sauce and the other one is Shaoxing wine and of course, the star is fresh Thai basil leaves.

Stir-fry the marinated chicken till light brown, push it aside.
Toss in the ginger and garlic, sauces and chillies.
Cook almost dry, turn off heat and add in Thai basil leaves.

This dish is real yummy and it goes very well with plain white rice.  And here's how it's done .......

  • 900 gm free-range chicken, chopped into bite size
  • 6 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp Shaoxing wine  (the 1 Tbsp is for seasoning the chicken)
  • 4 Tbsp light soya sauce
  • 3 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2  Tbsp dark soya sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 12 pips garlic, chopped
  • 10 gm ginger, sliced thinly
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • Fresh Thai Basil leaves
  • a bit of salt
  1. Season the chicken pieces with 1/2 tsp salt and the 1 Tbsp wine for about 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Heat up a wok with 1.1/2 Tbsp sesame oil, stir-fry the seasoned chicken pieces till light brown.
  3. Push the chicken aside and add in the remaining sesame oil, garlic, ginger pieces and chillies.  Stir-fry for a short while.
  4. Pour in the soya sauce and wine. 
  5. Add in the dark soya sauce, sugar, reduce heat to medium low and cook, covered for about 10 mins. or till chicken is tender.
  6. Remove cover, fine tune to taste, cook till sauce is semi dry.
  7. Turn off heat, toss in Thai basil leaves, mix well.
  8. Dish out and serve hot with rice.


  1. Thanks for the shout our Aunty Cheah :)
    I am thinking of cooking this for dinner after seeing your dish hehe.

  2. I am drooling over the chicken, looks so tempting.

  3. Cheah...I am sure this taste good..basil leaves will give the dish the oomph . I can imagine how aromatic the dish is :) Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will try this for sure :)

  4. Cheah, this is a popular dish in Taiwan with lots of basil leaves in it. I would love to try this.

  5. Cheah, I am flying over to your house even if I'm not invited! haha.... Hope you're having a wonderful evening.

  6. Cheah I made the same dish last but have yet to publish it. It taste so good especially with the thai basil and I am going to make it again :)

  7. I just had dinner half an hour ago but I'm feeling hungry ..errr... more like being greedy,looking at your pictures. Yum!

  8. I love 3cup tofu, chicken, or pork...they are just delicious and irresistible!

  9. Waa,...can smell the basil from here:D I love basil leaves they make the dish so fragrant and appetitisng...would love to try this soon.

  10. I have always wanted to try 3 Cup Chicken. Your post made me finally add it to this week's dinner menu!

  11. 3 hungry tummies
    Yes, this is indeed a very addictive dish!

    Must admit that this is truly very appetising!

    Can't agree with you more!

    I was told that the Taiwanese version is more authentic!

    Most welcome!

  12. 3 hungry tummies
    Yes, this is indeed a very addictive dish!

    Must admit that this is truly very appetising!

    Can't agree with you more!

    I was told that the Taiwanese version is more authentic!

    Most welcome!

  13. AM drooling over here, wish to grab them right away :)

  14. Oops, made some blunder up at the comments!

    Looking forward to your post!

    This is really yum....!

    Same with me. Have made this dish a couple of times already!

    Yes, I love Thai basil leaves too, have planted some in my backyard.

    Oh, please do, you'll love it!

    Yes, this dish is truly yummy.... try it and see for yourself!

  15. How simple! That is such great combination. Cannot fail.

  16. Hi Cheah,

    This looks like a wonderful dish! Can I hop over to your place when I go back to Ipoh during the holidays? Yumm !!

  17. petite nyonya
    Yes, it is!

    Yes, it's a great combo!

    Oh yes, you're most welcome!

  18. I enjoy 3-cup chicken very much! Delicious.

  19. This looks interesting and super delicious, my friend! Got to try this some day soon, it's so simple and fuss-free...just need to scout for the basil leaves...wonder whether our Tesco Store nearby has it?

  20. tigerfish
    Yes, it is and addictive too!

    I got the Thai basil leaves from the wet market and have planted some in a pot. Maybe it's available in Tesco, not sure.

  21. bahhh your dish looks so yum i feel embarassed by mine

  22. Shu Han
    Oh no, you shouldn't feel that way, yours looks good too! At the end of the day, it's the taste that counts!


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