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Three Cups Chicken

Three Cups Chicken

Three Cups Chicken Recipe

For best results, cook this dish in a claypot; but if you not have a claypot, feel free to use a wok or pan.


  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 10 cloves garlic peeled & slightly bruised
  • 6 slices ginger
  • 2 stalks spring onions cut to 5cm (2 inch) lengths
  • 450g chicken thighs cut to small pieces (you can also use half chicken, chicken wings or drummettes)
  • a handful of fresh sweet basil leaves

(A) Sauce

  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 40ml water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar


  1. Heat sesame oil in claypot and add garlic cloves, ginger, the thick bottom white ends of the spring onions. Stir fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add chicken pieces and stir fry until the surface is no longer pink.
  3. Add (A), stir through evenly, and cover the lid to simmer for about 6 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the spring onions and continue simmering until the sauce is greatly reduced.
  5. When the dish is cooked, stir in some fresh basil leaves before serving.
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48 comments on “Three Cups Chicken”

  1. Today is so gloomy in New York that this would uplift my spirit and warm my tummy.

  2. I love 3 cups anything! Having this in a claypot would without a doubt enhance its flavour!

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