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Slow Cooker Chinese Three Cup Chicken - this is a lighter version of a traditional braised chicken dish. Delicious served over steamed rice.

Slow Cooker Chinese Three Cup Chicken

Course Slow Cooker
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6
Calories 457 kcal


  • 3 pounds chicken I used dark meat; remove skin for less fat
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 5 cloves garlic left whole
  • 5 slices ginger each the size of a quarter
  • 1 scallion cut into 2" pieces
  • 1 cup rice wine or sherry
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce see notes for gluten-free version
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet and add garlic, ginger and scallion; sauté until fragrant, then add chicken pieces. Lightly brown chicken pieces. Transfer everything from skillet to slow cooker. Add rice wine, dark soy sauce and regular soy sauce.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours.

Recipe Notes

Store bought dark soy sauce usually contain wheat. To make your own gluten-free dark soy sauce, mix some 1 teaspoon molasses into 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce.

For lower calorie version (298 calories/serving; 5 Freestyle points), substitute 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chinese Three Cup Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 457 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 115mg38%
Sodium 781mg34%
Potassium 362mg10%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 3.6mg4%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.