Hainanese Chicken Rice Recipe

✦ This is a classic Singapore recipe you'd definitely want to have under your belt!

This is a well-loved dish especially in Malaysia and Singapore. It is said to have originated from migrants from the island of Hainan, China who came to Southeast Asia in the early 20th century. It is a beautifully fragrant dish, and even the rice is itself a delight. Anyone who has had Hainanese Chicken Rice will remember how seductively tender the chicken pieces are, with just enough oil to keep everything moist and smooth but not overwhelming. All the components of this dish are equally important. You just can't serve Hainanese chicken with plain rice. You'd know something's missing! Or the dish without the tantalising sauces. Again, that's sacrilege!

Master this dish, and you'd have family and friends being extra nice to you in the hope you'd make it again! There are quite a lot of ingredients involved, so get that notepad ready. As they say with anything, practice makes perfect and if it feels like a lot when you have a first go, you'll get better with the second!


(Serves 6 )


  • 3 lb whole chicken (1.3 kg), giblets removed

  • ¼ cup kosher salt (60 g), divided

  • 4 inch pieces fresh ginger, peeled and cut into ¼-inch (6 mm) slices

  • 1 bunch fresh scallion

  • 1 gal cold water (3.7 L), plus more as needed

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil


  • ¼ cup sesame oil (60 mL)

  • 2 tablespoons chicken fat, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 cups long grain rice (400 g), rinsed and drained

  • 2 cups reserved chicken poaching broth (480 mL)


  • 2 tablespoons sambal

  • 2 tablespoons sriracha

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons reserved chicken poaching broth


  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated

  • 2 tablespoons garlic, finely minced

  • kosher salt, to taste

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar


  • reserved fried garlic and ginger

  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce

  • 3 tablespoons dark sweet soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons reserved chicken poaching broth

  • 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced, for serving

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, for serving

Hainanese chicken rice recipe by Brilliant-Online
A favourite dish amongst Singaporeans and Malaysians


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