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How to make Taiwanese style 3 Cup Chicken 台灣風味三杯雞

Three cup chicken is one of the most famous Taiwanese recipes there is. Some might say it’s the signature main course of Taiwanese cooking! Joanne has so much experience cooking this to perfection, this is the definitive 3 cup chicken recipe 三杯雞 and method. Don’t follow any other version, choose Taiwan Duck‘s recipe for authentic Taiwanese taste!!! This dish has great aroma and taste, it’s not spicy, the sauce is rich and flavoursome, so all you need to accompany it is some nicely cooked rice. Choose some white wine too, to treat yourself after doing the cooking.

Three cup chicken

Three cup chicken

The ingredients 食材 are as follows;

  • 3 large chicken legs, boned or not depending on your preference


  • the three cups;
  • 1. Sesame oil – 100ml
  • 2. Soy sauce – 100ml
  • 3. Rice wine – 100ml
  • two handfuls of basil
  • 10 slices of ginger
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • a carrot
  • 5 mushrooms
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 1 chili, sliced
  • 1tbsp brown sugar

The method 作法;

  1. cut the chicken, leaving skin on, into approximately two-thumb sized pieces
  2. chop the carrot, spring onions and mushro0ms
  3. put the sesame oil into the pre-heated pan
  4. add the ginger slices
  5. fry until the ginger is golden brown
  6. add the garlic and carrots, quick fry
  7. add the chicken pieces
  8. turn up the heat and fry them til the chicken is white
  9. add the other two cups – soy sauce and wine, also a tbsp of sugar
  10. stir it all leave it to cook until the juice is soaked up, the sauce should be thick and not much left
  11. add the basil leaves, spring onion and chili slices and stir and toss the food for about 20 seconds
  12. that’s it, enjoy! We served it with white rice.

As usual Joanne has recorded a cooking video so you can follow the exact recipe step by step, as she prepares and cooks the spring rolls.

How to make Taiwanese style 3 Cup Chicken 三杯雞 cooking video 烹飪影片

We really hope you enjoy this meal. 3 cup chicken is always a favourite here, sometimes you can substitute prawns for a change too.


  1. 我很喜欢你的三杯鸡!特别好!

  2. It’s my first time to cook this meal and i follow your recipe since my husband is a taiwanese. Well, i did it!!! Thanks to you. He loves it and a bit surprised i can cook taiwan food. Thank you soooo much!!

  3. Can we cook it without the rice wine !?

  4. Very good, I made this once before and it was delicious! I’ll try it again this evening. 真好吃!

  5. 感覺真的好好吃喔!等一下晚餐就可以來做這個!水啦!

  6. Hi Joanne,

    this is an absolute fabulous recipe and dish!!! The first time I intended to prepare this following your instructions I went to some of the Asian supermarkets here and tried to get some “Mirin” (the sweet cooking wine you add as ingredient into the 3rd cup). The Chinese lady at the store asked: what do you need it for?…and I replied: “the 3 cup chicken”! She was thrilled about me intending to cook this, so I figured she knew exactly what I was asking for. Though, she didn’t have Mirin at her store and recommended as substitute some Shao Xing. I think it worked that way, but I like the Mirin better, it helps the sauce getting thicker during the cooking process.
    Thanks so much for your great recipes and all the best,

    Steffen (from Germany)

    • No Mirin isn’t so important sometimes I might have run out and don’t use it either. I cook this disk at least once a month it’s a favourite for me and the family. I hope yours turned out authentic. JJ

  7. Just made it, I am assuming that I used the wrong type of Soy sauce as all We could taste which was a real shame. I will try again but amend the amount I use

  8. Just made this last night for my husband. I followed the recipe exactly from the text and video and it turned out so well! So delicious!! My husband is from taiwan and I know he misses the food so I will definitely be using youre site more. Please continue posting your yummy recipes!

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