hainanese chicken rice recipe

Hainanese Chicken Rice

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Prep1 hr

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  • Chickens fed a balanced diet rich in cereal, bran, vitamins and minerals
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  • 600g Chicken Thighs - Bone in Skin on
  • 2 Lemongrass, bruised cut into 2 inch pieces 3 Shallots
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 1⁄2 inch thumb Ginger
  • 2 cups Rice, rinsed
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon Cooking Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Pandan Leaves, knotted

Serving Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon hot water


  1. Season chicken thighs with salt
  2. Process garlic, shallot, and ginger in food processor
  3. Heat empty rice cooker by pressing ‘cook’
  4. When rice cooker pot is heated, add sesame oil and cooking oil
  5. Add processed spices (garlic, ginger, shallot), and sauté until fragrant
  6. Add rice and toss with spices
  7. Change rice cooker mode to keep warm
  8. Pour in chicken broth, lay chicken over rice
  9. Place pandan leaves and lemongrass over rice
  10. Cover and press 'cook'
  11. Leave rice cooker for 10 minutes before opening after it’s done cooking
  12. Discard pandan leaves and lemongrass
  13. Transfer chicken onto serving plate, and fluff rice before serving.

Serving Sauce

  1. Dissolve sugar in hot water
  2. Mix in the rest of the ingredients
  3. Pour sauce over chicken before serving

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