Taiwanese Sweet and Savoury Chicken Basil Hot Pot

Taiwanese Sweet and Savoury Chicken Basil Hot Pot

This home cooked dish in Taiwan is called 'Three-cups-chicken' because the ratio of sesame oil, sake and soy sauce is the same. The garlic, ginger and basil is aromatic.

Ingredients: 2 to 3 servings

Chicken thigh (diced)
330 g
Fresh basil
I packet (about 50 g)
3 cloves
5 thin slices
Red chili peppers
★Sesame oil
2 tablespoons
Soy sauce
2 tablespoons
Cooking sake
2 tablespoons
Crystal rock sugar
1/2 tablespoon
Oyster sauce
1 teaspoon


1. Peel the garlic and slice thinly. Discard the seeds of the chili and cut in half.
2. Wash the basil and drain in a colander.
3. Heat the sesame oil in a clay pot and add the garlic and ginger to fry.
4. Fry gently over a low heat, taking care not to let it burn. It should become like the photo.
5. Add the chicken and fry until the colour changes.
6. Add the ingredients apart from the ★ ingredient and simmer over medium heat.
7. With chopsticks, turn the chicken over to avoid burning in the pot, reducing the moisture gradually. Brown as in the photo.
8. Add the basil.
9. Stir well and it's done.

Story Behind this Recipe

This is a regular dish in Taiwanese restaurants. I miss this dish living in Japan, so I tried to recreate this dish at home.