3 cup chicken san bei ji
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Instant Pot Taiwanese Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji) Recipe

Instant Pot Taiwanese 3 cup chicken is a fragrant, satisfying dish bursting with flavor. Garlic, ginger and basil fragrance and combine with sesame oil, Shaoxing wine, and soy sauce for an easy, traditional authentic dish that will have you begging for more.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Courses
Cuisine: Chinese, Taiwanese
Servings: 6
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre


For Finishing

  • 1/4 cup Thai basil chopped, or regular basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Xanthan Gum or if NOT low carb, 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with water for a slurry


  • Turn your Instant Pot to Sauté and when it is hot, add the oil. Once the oil is ot, add the chilies, ginger, and garlic and let them fry for 2 mins until the ginger and garlic are just starting to crisp.
  • Dump in everything except the basil.
  • Cook for 7 mins 10 mins NPR.
  • Open the lid and turn the pot on Sauté.
  • Add chopped basil leaves and stir.
  • When the liquid boils, sprinkle the xanthum gum and let it thicken, or add cornstarch slurry to let it thicken
  • EAT!


For a vegetarian version, substitute tofu and/or tempeh instead of the chicken and follow all other directions as listed.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sugar: 2g