Three Cup Chicken - San Bei Ji

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 8


  • 1 chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled and bruised
  • 1 inch ginger, cut into 6 slices
  • 2 scallion, cut into 2 inches length, separate the white parts from the green parts
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon Chinese wine (e.g. Shao Xing Hua Tiao Jiu)
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese wolfberry fruit (Chinese: gou gi zi), soaked in water for at least 10 minutes.


  1. Heat sesame oil in a pot and stir fry garlic, ginger and white part of scallions until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add chicken pieces and stir fry until no longer pink, about 2-3 minutes each side.
  3. Add Chinese wine, soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, water, and sugar. Mix evenly and bring to a boil. Cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 6 minutes or until chicken pieces are fully cooked.
  4. Add the green parts of the spring onion and the wolfberry fruit. Cook another 2-3 minutes until the sauce is reduced.

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