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This delicious yet so aromatic Hainanese chicken is very popular in Singapore. It consists of poached chicken served with steamed Hainanese rice and is often considered to be healthier than other chicken dishes.
Easy to cook and delicious Hainanese Chicken.
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Hainanese chicken is a dish originating from Hainan, China. The dish consists of poached chicken served with steamed Hainanese rice and is often considered to be a healthier alternative to other Chinese chicken dishes. The history of Hainanese chicken can be traced back to the early 20th century when immigrants from Hainan began to settle in Singapore. The dish became popular in Singapore due to its simple yet delicious flavor, and it has since become one of the city-state's most iconic dishes. This delicious yet so aromatic Hainanese chicken is very popular in Singapore. The dish is made by boiling the chicken in a mixture of ginger and garlic. Then, simmer the chicken in this mixture until cooked through. While the chicken is cooking, steam rice with pandan leaves to infuse it with flavor. Or you can cook the Hainanese rice with the chicken broth to add the special Hainanese flavors. Serve the Hainanese Chicken with steamed rice along with chili sauce or green onions, and fried garlic. Hainanese chicken is now enjoyed by people all over the world, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down. If you haven't tried it yet, be sure to give this unique dish a try the next time you're looking for something new to eat.

YIELDS2 servings
TOTAL TIME75 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, about 500g
  • 1200 ml of water to boil the chicken
  • 3 garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cm ginger, thinly sliced

Hainanese Rice

  • 2 cups of raw rice, wash thoroughly (1 cup = 150g)
  • 3 cups of chicken broth (1 cup = 150 ml)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chicken powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp coriander powder or 1 coriander leaves, thinly sliced

Sambal (Chili Sauce)

  • 8 red chilies
  • 4 garlic, finely chopped
  • 8 tbsp chicken broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp vinegar

Complementary

  • Cucumber

Steps

1

Add the chopped garlic and sliced ginger to the boiling water. Put the chicken breasts in the boiling water for 10 minutes, then remove the chicken and put it into cold water, and let it rest for 5 minutes. Do this up to 3 times, and finally, let stand in boiling water until the chicken is tender.

Step 1 of cooking Hainanese Chicken.
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2

Place the chicken on a plate. Add soy sauce and sesame oil as desired.

Step 2 of cooking Hainanese Chicken.
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3

Hainanese Rice: Prepare raw rice that has been washed clean, then put it in the rice cooker's bowl. After that, add all the ingredients for the Hainanese Rice (see the recipe above). Stir well, and cook it with a rice cooker until cooked.

Step 3 of cooking Hainanese Chicken.
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4

Sambal (Chili Sauce): Blend all the ingredients for sambal (see the recipe above), and set aside.

Step 4 of cooking Hainanese Chicken.
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5

Serve the Hainanese Chicken along with Hainanese Rice, sambal, and cucumber. For the soup, you can use the chicken broth, add salt and pepper as desired, then serve it with the Hainanese Chicken.

Step 5 of cooking Hainanese Chicken.
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