Three Cup Chicken
Servings Prep Time
2-4servings 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
2-4servings 10minutes
Cook Time
  • 8 chicken drumstickschopped
  • 1/4cup sesame oil
  • 1/4cup rice cooking wine or Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1/4cup light soy saucenot low sodium soy sauce
  • 15grams rock sugarraw cane sugar
  • 32grams Gingerpeeled & thinly sliced
  • 14cloves garlicpeeled and crushed
  • 3 dried Chinese red chili
  • 1/2tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 10-16 fresh Thai basil leaves
  1. Prepare Pressure Cooker: Heat up your pressure cooker over medium heat (Instant Pot: press Sauté button). Make sure your pot is as hot as it can be (Instant Pot: wait until indicator says HOT).
  2. Sauté Ginger and Garlic: Add 1/4 cup sesame oil, 1 ounce sliced ginger, and 14 garlic cloves in the pressure cooker. Sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  3. Sauté Chicken Drumsticks: Add in the chopped or whole chicken drumsticks. Then, sauté for 3 minutes. Pour in ¼ cup (63ml) rice cooking wine and let it boil for a minute to evaporate some of the alcohol content.
  4. Add 1/4 cup light soy sauce, 3 dried Chinese red chili, and 1 tablespoon rock sugar. Close the lid and pressure cook at For Chopped Chicken Drumsticks: High Pressure for 5 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release or For Whole Chicken Drumsticks: High Pressure for 8 minutes + 10 minutes Natural Release. Open the lid carefully.
  5. Thicken Sauce: Place chicken pieces in a large serving bowl. Heat up your pressure cooker (Instant Pot: press Sauté button), and bring the sauce back to a boil. Add in roughly 1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce to give it some color and sweeten it a little.
  6. Optional: Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water and stir the mixture into the sauce one third at a time until desired thickness.
  7. Taste & Adjust Seasoning: Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning with more light soy sauce if necessary. Stir in 10 – 16 fresh Thai basil leaves.
  8. Serve: Pour the sauce into the large serving bowl with chicken. Mix well. Serve immediately with your favorite side dish.