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Three Cup Chicken #chicken #Taiwanese #stirfry #thaibasil #easy #weeknightmeal #chickenrecipe #dinnerrecipe | The Missing Lokness

Three Cup Chicken

Course Dinner
Cuisine Taiwanese
Keyword chicken, rice wine, sesame oil, soy sauce, Thai basil
Servings 2 servings
Author Lokness


  • 4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs (about 1½ lbs)
  • tablespoons sesame oil
  • 12 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 12 ginger slices (peeled and smashed lightly)
  • 2 teaspoons rock sugar (crushed) or sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine or sake
  • 25 - 30 Thai basil leaves


  • Remove the bones in the chicken. Rinse under water and pat dry with paper towels. Cut a few slits on the meat side, so it can be cooked easier (do not cut over the skin).
  • In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat until hot. Without oil, add chicken with skin side down and cook until golden brown, about 3 – 4 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook for another 1 minute. The chicken should be raw in the middle. Transfer to a chopping board. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In the same skillet over medium heat, use a couple paper towels to wipe off the fat. Add sesame oil. Once the oil is hot, add ginger slices and cook until slightly golden. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add rock sugar and stir for a few minutes until the sugar starts to melt.
  • Return the chicken to the skillet and stir for a minute. Add soy sauce and dark soy sauce if using. Toss to coat the chicken. Pour in the wine and stir again. Taste the sauce and adjust with more soy sauce or wine. Cover with a lid for 1 – 2 minutes. Remove the lid and let the sauce thicken for 2 more minutes. Turn off the heat and add Thai basil leaves. Mix and transfer to a serving plate. Serve immediately with steamed rice.


  1. Rock sugar can be found in Chinese supermarket or Amazon.
  2. Dark soy sauce is more for the color, not too much flavors. It’s ok if you don’t add any. You can get it from Chinese supermarket or Amazon
  3. Chinese rice wine has a higher alcohol level than sake, but if you can’t find rice wine, use sake.
  4. Thai basil can be found in some Asian supermarkets. Your best chance is Thai and Vietnamese markets. Sometimes, you can find them in Japanese and Chinese markets too.
  5. Leftover thai basil can be frozen for later use. Learn how to do it here
(Adapted from 小林&郭郭小夫妻生活)