Taiwan San Bei Ji Recipe 台湾三杯鸡秘方

Three Cups Chicken? What are the Three Cups?

San Bei Ji literally translate to Three Cups Chicken, this dish although rose to frame in Taiwan but its actually originated from Jiangxi, China, a specialty of Ningdu. So, what are the 3 cups? They are sesame oil, soy sauce and wine (can be rice wine, shao xing wine or mixture of both). The flavors combination of these 3 are balance with sugar, basil, ginger, garlic and onion.

Lead Time :  45 minutes

Serve 4


  • 1 whole Chicken (chopped)
  • 6 tbsp of Sesame Oil
  • 6 tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • 6 tbsp of Wine (Rice Wine, Shao Xing Wine or mixture of both)
  • 2 tbsp of Sugar
  • 1 knob of Ginger (sliced)
  • 50g of Garlic (clove)
  • 100g of Onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup of Basil
  • Chili to personal preferences (cut into 1 inches length)
  • 1 stalk of Spring Onion (cut into 1 inches length)
  • Water enough to cover chicken


  1. Preheat pan with sesame oil.
  2. With high heat, add chopped chicken to sear to brown edges. Then remove seared chicken from pan.
  3. With medium heat, add sliced ginger and pan fry to aromatic.
  4. Then add chopped onion and sweat onion to cook away the rawness.
  5. Add garlic, chili and spring onion and continue pan frying them.
  6. As the garlic starts to brown, add sugar and caramelized sugar.
  7. Then add seared chicken back into the pan and stir fry to mix them together.
  8. Add soy sauce and then add wine.
  9. Switch heat to high heat and then add water.
  10. Let it braise for 10 – 15 minutes or until the gravy thickens.
  11. Once gravy thickens, switch to medium heat and add basil and stir to mix together.
  12. When basil have soften, remove from heat and serve.

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