A quick meal

After reading Miss Ene’s recent post on Cooking up a storm, I was inspired to whip up one of the dishes – Three Cups Chicken (三杯鸡)- that she made for dinner one evening.

It turned out to be a pretty simple recipe which made for a very tasty meal for a weeknight dinner.

Three Cups Chicken (三杯鸡) [Recipe adapted from Noobcook]

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • 450g chicken thighs, cut to small pieces
  • 1.5 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1.5 tbsp Chinese wine (Hua Tiao/Shao Hsing)
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 10 cloves garlic, peeled & slightly bruised
  • 2 stalks spring onions, cut to 5cm (2 inch) lengths
  • 40ml water
  • 0.5 tsp sugar
  • 6 slices ginger & a handful of fresh sweet basil leaves (I left these out as I didn’t have them on hand)


  1. Heat sesame oil in pot and add garlic cloves, ginger, the thick bottom white ends of the spring onions. Stir fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add chicken pieces and stir fry until the surface is no longer pink.
  3. Sizzle Chinese wine and add light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, water and sugar. Stir evenly, and cover the lid to simmer for about 6 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the spring onions and continue simmering until the sauce is greatly reduced.
  5. When the dish is cooked, stir in some fresh basil leaves before serving.

I guess the next time I’m making this, I will be throwing in some dried chilli or fresh chilli padi (bird’s eye chilli) for a spicy kick in the taste-buds.

What are some of your favourite weeknight meals? I’ll love to hear what’s cooking in your kitchen. 🙂

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