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Taiwanese three cup chicken wings (san bei ji) are adorned with glaze and fresh Thai basil leaves

Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji)

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Three cup chicken (San Bei Ji), is a Taiwanese chicken dish simmered in soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil with loads of fresh Thai basil. It is flavorful Asian chicken dish you should not miss.
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword chicken wings, dark soy sauce, san bei ji, Taiwanese chicken, Thai basil, three cup chicken
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 4 people
Calories 585
Author Holly Ford



  • (Optional but recommended) Trim off the extra loose skin from the chicken party wings with a pair of scissors. Discard the skin.
  • Heat oil and a tablespoon of sesame oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Brown chicken wings until slightly golden. Add the garlic and ginger slices; toss well.
  • Splash in some shaoxing rice wine. Add soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, and dried chilies (optional); toss well until all the wings are coated. Reduce the heat to medium and cover with a lid. Simmer the wings in the sauce for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover and increase the heat to high. Continue to cook to reduce the sauce a little, about 3 minutes. Add the fresh Thai basil leaves (as much as you want) and stir. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Drizzle in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sesame oil and let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before you serve. The sauce will thicken more as it rests. Serve hot with rice.


Serving suggestion - It is best to serve San Bei Ji hot, and eat it all--don't plan on saving leftovers. Serve with rice and don't forget to spoon some of the sauce from the pan and drizzle it over your chicken and rice. Enjoy not only the wings, but the wilted basil and the garlic pieces as well.
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Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 1247mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 888IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg