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Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice [1]

Ingredients For Chicken:

1 chicken (about 1.8 kg)
1 large piece ginger, smashed
3 cloves garlic
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tbsp light soya sauce


  1. Wash chicken and remove excess fat.  Stuff chicken with salt, smashed ginger and garlic.
  2. Fill a deep pot with water making sure water level is enough to immerse chicken.  Bring to a boil and when boiling put in the chicken and cook over low heat for 25 to 30 minutes till chicken is cooked.
  3. Remove chicken and drain liquid from the body cavity.  Retain chicken stock for making rice and soup.  Scoop out oil for making the chilli sauce.
  4. Add 2 tbsp salt to a big pot of water.  Dip chicken in and let it soak till it has cooled down.  Drain and brush chicken with 1 tbsp sesame oil mixed with 1/2 tbsp light soya sauce.
  5. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and serve, garnished with sliced cucumber, tomatoes and coriander leaves.

Ingredients For Chicken Rice:

600gm fragrant rice
700ml chicken stock
5 cloves garlic, minced
8 shallots, minced
1 small piece ginger, smahed
4 pandan leaves, knotted
4 tbsp corn oil
1 tsp salt


  1. Wash rice, drain in a colander and leave to stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat 4 tbsp corn oil over high heat in a wok.  Add minced shallots and garlic, ginger and pandan leaves, and fry till fragrant.
  3. Add rice grains and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes.  Transfer to a rice cooker, add chicken stock and salt.  When rice is cooked, remove ginger and pandan leaves.

Ingredients for Chilli Sauce:

10 fresh red chillies
6 cloves garlic
5 shallots
2.5 cm piece young ginger
Chicken oil
Juice of 10 limes
2 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar


  1. Blend chillies with garlics, shallots and ginger.  Add vinegar, lime juice and chicken oil.  Add salt and sugar to taste.