Hainanese Chicken Rice, Find a way to enjoy it at home

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Everyone from all ages and races like Hainanese Chicken Rice. Like most of Singaporean, I just can’t get enough of it.

Probably the chicken rice will be named “national food of Singapore” one day.

I am sure once you tried it you’ll love it too.

But hey, you may have problem to find Singapore’s style chicken rice if you want to eat it again in your home country.

The solutions are:

  1. Buy the chicken rice ready-mix paste in Singapore and bring it home
  2. Get the chicken rice recipe and cook it yourself (CIY)

This is my favorite ready-mix:

Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe

Ingredients 1 (for Chicken):
1 Chicken, preferably Kampong Chicken
8 clove Garlic, lightly smashed with skin intact
5 slices Ginger
1 – 2 teaspoon Salt or to your taste

Ingredients 2 (for Rice):
3 cup Long Grain Rice,
Broth from cooking chicken
5 glove Garlic, lightly smashed with skin intact
4 slices Ginger
8 Pandan leaves, tied in a knot
Salt to taste

Hainanese Chicken Rice, Find a way to enjoy it at home

How to cook the chicken?

  • Blanch chicken
  • Stuff in the garlic and ginger on to the chicken and seal it with toothpick
  • Put the chicken in the pot, add boiled water and salt
  • Simmer the chicken for about 25 – 30 minutes or till cooked
  • Keep the broth for use on rice, chili sauce and soup
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and drip dry
  • Cut chicken into pieces when it cools down

How to cook the rice?

  • In sizzling wok, add 2 teaspoon oil
  • Sauté ginger and garlic till fragrant
  • Add in washed rice and sauté until rice is coated well with the oil
  • Add salt to taste and mix well with rice
  • Pour rice with ginger and garlic to your rice cooker
  • Add in broth from chicken you cooked earlier
  • Add in the pandan leaves
  • Let the rice cooked

Garlic Chili Sauce

  • 10 fresh red chilies
  • 2 cm piece ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

Grind all of the above and add 2 tablespoons chicken stock from the boiled chicken.

Sauce for Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon garlic oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 5 tablespoons light soya sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons chicken broth (from boiled chicken)


  • fresh coriander leaves
  • sliced cucumber
  • steamed soybean sprout