How to make hainanese chicken rice recipe

How to make hainanese chicken rice recipe

How to make hainanese chicken rice recipe?

The world is not a small place and there are loads of recipes are quite popular in some region we might not stumble upon them and this is why I am going to introduce you how to make Hainanese chicken rice recipe that is greatly popular in Asian countries.

Hainanese chicken rice recipe doesn’t need an introduction if you are in Asia then you would soon going to taste this popular dish. In Singapore, the Hainanese chicken rice recipe is often called a national recipe because it is cooked, loved and eaten by each of the natives.

This is basically, Singapore-Chinese cuisine where chicken is cooked separately just like rice and then chili sauce, ginger-garlic sauce are prepared separately and finally combine while serving with the rice and chicken.

When I was a kid my parents took a trip to Singapore and that was the first time I was introduced with this great dish. I confess, I am a big chicken eater and while I was craving for chicken my parents took us to a local restaurant and order me a chicken dish.

I never knew what I am going to be served but my father was smart enough at research and his fatherly took him to a great research of famous chicken dishes across the country.

Oh my god! I really never had a chance to eat such a fantastic dish. Believe me! I ate the same dish for 3-4 times for a week holidays.

How to make hainanese chicken rice recipe
by Swati M.

How to make hainanese chicken rice recipe

  • Course Main Course
  • Cuisine Asian, Chinese
  • Keyword hainanese chicken rice recipe, How to make hainanese chicken rice

If you call it chicken they would call it Hainanese, yes we are going to learn how to make Hainanese chicken rice recipe today that is finger licking good. If you dream of a chicken dish that is delicious and you never get to know then today you're in all luck.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 6 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 544 kcal


Ingredients for making chicken

  • 4 lbs or 1 3/4 kilogram of chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of green onions chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 inch of peeled and grated ginger
  • For making rice
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 2 cups of chicken broth

For making chilli sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of sriracha chilli sauce
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch peeled and grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of chicken broth

For garnishing

  • 1 sprig of cilantro leaves chopped
  • 1 cup of bite-sized chopped cucumber
  • Handful of scallions

For making ginger-garlic sauce

  • 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of peeled and grated ginger
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar


For making the chicken

  1. Using a small handful of kosher salt rub onto the chicken pieces from all sides evenly then use chopped green onions and ginger and smear them onto chicken pieces from all sides. You can pierce the ginger on the chicken.
  2. Take a large stockpot and add the chicken and fill it with water until it reaches 1-inch of height. On high heat wait until the water comes to boil then turn the flame to low. Simmer and cook for next 30 minutes.
    (To check the doneness pierce a fork in a chicken piece if it is soft and tender and goes in and comes out smoothly means it is done now if using less chicken then cook for only 25 minutes.)
  3. After 30 minutes take the stockpot off the flame and uncover the lid.
  4. Use a medium-sized vessel and add plenty of ice cubes or very cold water and add the chicken pieces to cool them down quickly. This process is necessary to have tender and soft chicken pieces.

  5. Use a kitchen towel to pat dry the chicken pieces and rub the sesame oil on chicken pieces and transfer the chicken into a bowl. This way chicken will not become dry.

For making the rice

  1. Take a large bowl and add rice. Use your hands to rinse and clean the rice 2 times then soak the rice in the same bowl for 20 minutes by adding plenty of water.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a pot on medium flame. Add the ginger and garlic and fry them stirring continuously for 20 seconds or until raw smell goes out.
  3. Add the rice and mix everything well. Add the chicken broth and salt and wait until it comes to boil. Once the water comes to boil turn the flame to low and simmer it for 15 minutes after covering the lid.

  4. Take the pot off the flame and let it sit for the next 10 minutes.

Making chilli sauce

  1. Take a blender and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 4 tablespoons of sriracha chili sauce, cloves of garlic, 1 inch peeled and grated ginger, and 2 tablespoons of chicken broth. Blend it until it does not come to a smooth and a bright red texture. Transfer this to a bowl.

Making ginger garlic sauce

  1. Take a small saucepan and heat vegetable oil on high flame. Once you can see the smoke from the saucepan, take it off the flame. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 15-20 seconds then immediately add the vinegar and salt. Mix everything well then shift this to a small bowl. Set it aside.

To garnish

  1. Use 6-7 cups of chicken broth to serve as a soup. Add the soup, rice, chili sauce, ginger garlic sauce, and sliced cucumber on the serving table. Make sure to garnish it using cilantro leaves and scallions.

When I grew up I always had the taste of Hainanese chicken rice recipe and one day I decided to find out how to make Hainanese chicken rice recipe.

I sit on the internet and search for how to make Hainanese chicken rice recipe and I was in good luck, I met an authentic Hainanese chicken rice recipe. I took a lot of research and cooked the same dish from various sources for a lot of times.

Finally, when I came up this real mouth-watering chicken delight I loved to cook this very often. My little daughter who has the same taste as me, she loves to eat every time and I make this for the family.

If you really want to cook something delightful for your family then go ahead and learn how to make Hainanese chicken rice recipe and take everyone by surprise.

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