Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe

Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice


Ingredients for Chicken:

  • 1 Chicken, preferrably Kampong Chicken
  • 8 clove Garlic, lightly smashed with skin intact
  • 5 slices Ginger
  • 1 - 2 teaspoon Salt
  • Water

Ingredients for Rice:

  • 3 cup Long Grain Rice,
  • Broth from cooking chicken
  • 4 slices Ginger
  • 5 glove Garlic, lightly smashed with skin intact
  • 8 Pandan leaves, tied in a knot
  • Salt to taste

How to make Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice

How to do it (Chicken):

  1. Stuff garlic and ginger in chicken and seal with toothpick.
  2. Blanch chicken.
  3. Boil a pot of water and add salt.
  4. Simmer the chicken for about 20 - 25 minutes or till cooked.
  5. Retain broth for use on rice, chilli sauce and soup.
  6. Plunge chicken in ice water for about 15 minutes or till chicken is no longer hot.
  7. Remove from water and drip dry.
  8. Cut chicken into pieces.

How to do it (Rice):

  1. In a wok, add 2 teaspoon oil, preferably oil from frying chicken skin or the congealed fats you get when you refrigerate your chicken broth. Otherwise, vegetable oil is fine.
  2. Saute ginger and garlic till fragrant.
  3. Add in washed rice and saute till rice is coated well with the oil.
  4. Add salt to taste (about 1 teaspoon is enough).
  5. Stir to mix well.
  6. Pour rice with ginger and garlic to your rice cooker.
  7. Add in broth from chicken you cooked earlier instead of your usual water.
  8. Add in the pandan leaves.
  9. Let your rice cooker do the cooking. ;)

My recipes for the soup and chilli sauce ... please refer to

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    i miss chicken rice

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    OMG OMG OMG! 10 stars!! Although I have never found a chicken rice recipe that tasted like the real thing...there must be some super secret ingredient that all the roadside hawker stalls use. I will try this one and see! Such a great summer dish :)

  • theory
    theory says

    Brilliant recipe! This is just how my grandma makes it. I hate when I see chicken rice recipes that over-complicate everything. That said, when I make it I drizzle the chicken with a sauce made from one part each of light soy and sesame oil to about 4 parts chicken stock. Along with all the usual condiments as well, of course.

  • wokkingmum
    wokkingmum says

    Telliecoin, why not cook it yourself since you miss it so much :)

  • wokkingmum
    wokkingmum says

    Yongfook, 10 stars??!!! Wow! I'm overwhelm! You havent even tried it yet! Anyway, I do hope you like it! ;)

  • sgtoca
    sgtoca says

    ok this is my fav thing to eat in the whole world, maybe 2nd to oyster omelette, still there is nothing like hainanese chicken rice, NOTHING! I am going to try your recipe this weekend.

  • wokkingmum
    wokkingmum says

    haha ... hope you enjoy it :)

  • Mariska
    Mariska says

    my fave too, love it

  • Mariska
    Mariska says

    darn of luck i don't have pandan leaves

  • tracynagel
    tracynagel says

    I need to try this recipe.. Looks easier than what I do and just as yummy!!

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