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Instant Pot Chicken Recipes: Instant Pot Three Cup Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Three Cup Chicken)

Instant Pot Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji) 三杯鷄

Recipe developed by Amy + Jacky

Have a taste of Taiwan with this Classic Instant Pot Three Cup Chicken Recipe (San Bei Ji) 三杯鷄 in a fragrant, savory-spiced & slightly sweet secret sauce.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine Asian, Taiwanese
Keyword 3 cup chicken, instant pot 3 cup chicken, instant pot taiwanese recipes, instant pot three cup chicken, pressure cooker three cup chicken, san bei ji
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 - 4
Calories 304kcal


Optional Thickener:

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water


  • 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).
  • Sauté Ginger and Garlic: Add ¼ cup (63ml) sesame oil, 32g sliced ginger, and 14 garlic cloves in the pressure cooker. Sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • 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.
  • Pressure Cook Chicken:
    Add ¼ cup (63ml) regular soy sauce, 3 dried Chinese red chili, and 15g (1 tbsp) 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.
  • 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 tbsp (7.5ml) dark soy sauce to give it some color and sweeten it a little.

    Optional: Mix 2 tbsp of cornstarch with 2 tbsp of water and stir the mixture into the sauce one third at a time until desired thickness.
  • Taste & Adjust Seasoning:
    Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning with more regular soy sauce if necessary. Stir in 10 – 16 fresh Thai basil leaves.
  • Serve: Pour the sauce into the large serving bowl with chicken. Mix well. Serve immediately with your favorite side dish.



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Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 491mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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