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Hainanese Chicken Rice: The Best Easy One Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe

The best kind of food hug: chicken and rice
Posted October 1, 2019 by Stephanie

If you’re looking for your next hands-off, delicious one pot dinner, this is it: Hainanese chicken rice.

Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now! #hainanesechickenrice #chickenrice #recipes #dinner #onepot #easy #chickenrecipe #rice #chickenandrice

Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now! #hainanesechickenrice #chickenrice #recipes #dinner #onepot #easy #chickenrecipe #rice #chickenandrice

Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now! #hainanesechickenrice #chickenrice #recipes #dinner #onepot #easy #chickenrecipe #rice #chickenandrice

Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now! #hainanesechickenrice #chickenrice #recipes #dinner #onepot #easy #chickenrecipe #rice #chickenandrice

Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now! #hainanesechickenrice #chickenrice #recipes #dinner #onepot #easy #chickenrecipe #rice #chickenandrice

Have you ever had Hainanese chicken rice before? Are you as obsessed with it as I am? I’m guessing the answer is no because I have a lifelong, deep obsession with chicken rice. It’s my ultimate comfort food, my all-time-favorite go to meal, my version of Anton Ego’s mom’s ratatouille. (You know, the scene in in the Pixar movie where Anton is taken back to his mom’s kitchen and she serves him ratatouille and all is right with the world.) Chicken rice is the food that can bring me back to my childhood and transport me to some of my favorite memories as an adult. I’m not embarrassed to say that chicken rice is my everything.

All cultures have some sort of chicken and rice. The Japanese have oyakodon, Latin Americans have arroz con pollo, and Southeast Asians (and Hainanese people) have Hainanese chicken rice. Like most chicken and rice dishes, it’s simple at heart: poached chicken and seasoned rice served with a variety of sauces.

Like lots of immigrant adapted foods, there are actually a bunch of different types of Hainanese chicken rices: Singaporean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, and Thai. Growing up, it was a staple in our house. My mom must’ve made it at least once a week because she knew it was my favorite. She even made it for me for my birthday dinner last year.

I love making chicken rice, I find it therapeutic somehow. But sometimes I just want to eat chicken and rice without cooking a whole chicken. This recipe is for those times: skin-on boneless chicken thighs and rice are cooked in one pot for ease and less dishes. Win-win!

This is a basic one pot Hainanese chicken rice with all the flavor and none of the fuss. The recipe starts with chicken fat. If you’re like me and love chicken rice and make it on the regular, you’ll want to keep a jar of rendered chicken fat in the fridge. Even if you’re not like me and don’t want to make chicken rice every day of the week, you’ll want to keep a jar of chicken fat in the fridge. Chicken fat is PURE FLAVOR.

Chicken fat is what makes the rice part of chicken rice taste so good. But, if you don’t have any chicken fat, don’t worry, toasting your rice in any fat is going to give it a glossy, delicious flavor coat. The key is cooking the ginger, garlic, and shallots in fat so that the aromatics release their deliciousness into the rice.

When chicken rice is done well, you almost don’t need the chicken – at least that’s what Mike thinks! I hope you give this recipe a try, it’s the perfect comfort food for chilly fall days.

Chicken rice forever and always,
xoxo steph

 

Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now! #hainanesechickenrice #chickenrice #recipes #dinner #onepot #easy #chickenrecipe #rice #chickenandrice

One Pot Hainanese Chicken and Rice Recipe

Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken and rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now!

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients

Chicken Rice

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 boneless, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp rendered chicken fat or neutral oil
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 small shallot finely diced
  • 1 cup white jasmine rice
  • 1 cup chicken stock low sodium
  • 2 green onions whole

Green Onion Oil

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil
  • salt to taste

To Serve

  • chili sauce
  • sliced cucumbers

Instructions

  • Rub the chicken skin with the salt and set aside.

  • In a pan or pot with a lid, heat up the chicken fat or oil. Add the ginger, garlic, and shallot. Cook, stirring, until fragrant. Stir in the rice and fry gently until glossy.

    Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now! #hainanesechickenrice #chickenrice #recipes #dinner #onepot #easy #chickenrecipe #rice #chickenandrice
  • Add chicken stock, then place the chicken, skin side up, in the pan. Add the green onions on top. Bring to boil over medium high heat and when it starts to simmer, cover and turn the heat down to low. Cook for 17 minutes, turn off the heat, and let rest for 10 minutes.

    Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now! #hainanesechickenrice #chickenrice #recipes #dinner #onepot #easy #chickenrecipe #rice #chickenandrice
  • While the rice is cooking, make the green onion oil: place the green onions in a deep heat proof bowl and set aside.

    Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now! #hainanesechickenrice #chickenrice #recipes #dinner #onepot #easy #chickenrecipe #rice #chickenandrice
  • In a small pot, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium heat until it reaches 275°F. Remove the pot from the stove and very carefully pour over the green onions – they will sizzle and bubble up. Stir in salt to taste.

    Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now! #hainanesechickenrice #chickenrice #recipes #dinner #onepot #easy #chickenrecipe #rice #chickenandrice
  • When the 10 minute rest is up, remove and discard the green onions. Remove the chicken and slice. Fluff up the rice and serve with thinly sliced cucumbers and green onion oil. Enjoy immediately!

    Super simple and satisfying Hainanese chicken rice: juicy steamed chicken and ginger garlic rice cooked in the same pot. It’s what you want for dinner, right now! #hainanesechickenrice #chickenrice #recipes #dinner #onepot #easy #chickenrecipe #rice #chickenandrice

9 Comments

  1. Samantha says:

    This looks like an amazing, quick version! I’ve always been too intimidated to make this dish because it involves a whole chicken but using chicken thighs instead is pretty genius. Just one question: what about the soup/broth that is usually served with it? My mom would be very sad if I served it without that!

    1. Stephanie says:

      it’s usually the broth that the chicken has been cooked it. you can make a little cheat version by using low sodium chicken broth that you simmer with some ginger and green onions :)

  2. Kennedy Poi says:

    I’m sure you’re brought up by this method, and its so exciting to see you prepare this way, I’m of the another method of boiling whole chicken and dunking the steaming chicken into ice water so as to glaze the skin from breaking up, stop blood flow and sealing in the flavours. Use the boiled chicken stock with ginger and garlic to be the water stock that cooks the rice fried gently in butter and then into the rice cooker for cooking until a shade of yellowness in the chicken flavored rice. Then there’s the garlic, the onions and chillis all chopped up and mixed into a rich chillipaste with oil. Lastly chop your boiled chicken without breaking any bones cleanly and drizzled soya sauce. Add thinly sliced cucumbers the longer the better to the dish for a crunchy experience of the dish. My mouth is salivating already thinking about swallowing my first chomp.

  3. Kennedy Poi says:

    To be honest my eyes watered just seeing your images here!

  4. Kath says:

    This looks amazing. Can I cook it in a wok, or would it turn out differently?

    1. Stephanie says:

      i think it’ll be okay in a wok, but it’ll depend on if the rice is submerged in the chicken stock or not. you can use any size pot though!

  5. Joanne says:

    I made this the day after you first posted it and it was AMAZING. My husband and I are both from Singapore and when we tasted this we both agreed that this was super legit!!! So glad I now have a recipe I can use to whip up my favorite childhood food anytime!!! THANK YOU!!
    P.S. I am back here because I want to make this again :)

    1. Stephanie says:

      oh yay! that makes me so happy :)
      i’ll have to post my hardcore “real” version soon and see what you think!

  6. Davena says:

    From a Singaporean explant to New York City (and its tiny kitchens) this makes HCR look manageable. Especially for one person + leftovers!

    p.s. love the step-by-step pictures

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