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This Ultimate Hainanese Chicken And Rice Is Insanely Delicious

The Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish that consists of a succulent juicy poached whole chicken cut into pieces and served with fragrant rice, a sweet soy glaze, scallion sauce, chicken soup, and fresh cucumbers. It's an Asian classic recipe that you can't miss!

Hainanese Chicken Rice is a complete meal as it includes chicken, rice, soup, and various dipping sauces. It has a few different elements to master but is easy to execute. And definitely worth the time and effort. You can also do a one-pot version to save time and effort.

It is a specialty dish in Singapore served at both restaurants and hawker centers. It is regarded as a local dish that tourists shouldn't miss while visiting Singapore. If you are still behind on your Singapore vacation, here's the best Hainanese Chicken and Rice recipe that is easy to prepare and irresistible. You will fall in love with this instantly!

Bring the hawker center into your home with this classic Hainanese Chicken Rice that is perfect for your family dinner. Perfectly cooked juicy chicken filled with amazingly flavored and fragrant rice, together with an Asian soy sticky glaze, chicken soup, spicy sambal, and freshly sliced cucumbers. Here's how to make the iconic Hainanese Chicken and Rice!

Ingredients -

For the Chicken-

  • 1 kg whole chicken

  • 2 chicken stock cubes

  • 4 ginger slices

  • 2 tsp sesame oil

  • 2 tsp black pepper powder

  • 3 spring onions

  • Salt to taste

For the Rice-

  • 2 cups rice

  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves

  • Salt to taste

For the Asian Soy Sticky Glaze-

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 2 minced garlic cloves

  • 1/2 inch ginger minced

  • 1 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

  • 2 tsp vinegar

Procedure -

For the Hainanese Chicken and Rice-

  1. Rub the chicken inside out with a generous amount of salt. Now in a pot add the whole chicken, ginger slices, and a liter of water.

  2. To this add the chicken stock cubes, chopped spring onions, and black pepper powder. Let it gently simmer over medium-low heat for about 40 to 50 minutes.

  3. Once the chicken is cooked thoroughly and is juicy and tender. Take the chicken out but do not discard the broth.

  4. For the rice, heat some oil in a pan to this add the minced garlic, and saute for a minute. Next, add the rice and saute for another minute or so.

  5. Add two cups of the drained chicken broth and let the rice cook for 10 minutes until it's tender yet firm to hold. Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

For the Asian Soy Sticky Glaze-

  1. Heat the sesame oil, to this add the chopped ginger and garlic. Saute it for a minute.

  2. Next, add the soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, and vinegar. Let it cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce is sticky and lustrous.

  3. Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

To serve-

Carve the chicken into pieces as per your preference. You can divide it into legs, thighs, and breasts. The breasts can further be sliced into pieces. Rub the sesame oil all over it.

Plate some rice with the chicken and pour the Asian Sticky Glaze over it. Drain the flavored chicken broth or soup to serve in glasses or bowls, paired with spicy sambal and fresh cucumbers. Your classic mouth-watering Hainanese Chicken and Rice is ready to be savored. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks-

  1. You can use chicken stock instead of water for poaching the chicken. It adds more depth of flavor.

  2. Black pepper powder is optional. Though it enriches the taste of the chicken soup or broth.

  3. You can add additional salt as per taste to the chicken soup while serving.

  4. You can use either store-bought or homemade sambal paste. The recipe for the homemade sambal paste will be uploaded soon.

  5. Alternatively, you can use sweet soy sauce instead of the Asian sticky glaze.

  6. For an even easier version, the chicken and the rice can be cooked in one pot.

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Abida Shabbir


Hey! I am Abida, a banker by profession and a passionate blogger at heart. I am the creator of our lifestyle blogs.

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