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Hainanese Chicken Rice


This dish, which originated on the island of Hainan, off the coast of Southern China, emphasizes the natural sweet flavour of an absolutely fresh chicken and served with rice that is cooked in chicken fat with garlic and then simmered in chicken stock.













Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber


2 inches ginger
freshly crushed
2 scallions, spring or green onions
including the green tops, bruised
1 tablespoon salt
1 whole chicken
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1000 grams chicken
for the stock
For the rice:
3 inches schmaltz (chicken fat)
2 cups long grain rice
1 tablespoon garlic
finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
2 ¼ cups chicken broth
For the gingergreen onion sauce:
2 inches ginger
freshly peeled
½ teaspoon salt
2 scallions, spring or green onions
including 1 inch of the green tops, finely chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
For the sweet chili sauce:
4 large hot chili peppers
1 teaspoon sugar
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon sesame oil
¼ cup soy sauce, dark
For the cabbage soup:
4 cups chicken broth
½ head napa (Chinese) cabbage
cored and sliced
salt and black pepper
to taste
1 scallions, spring or green onions
including 1 inch of the tender green tops, chopped
1 cucumbers
peeled and sliced
2 tomatoes
fresh strips. for garnish


For the ginger-green onion sauce:

Combine ginger & salt in a mortar and pound to a paste. Add the green onions. Heat oil until almost smoking and pour over the paste mixture. Stir and mix well.

Sweet chilli sauce:

Combine ingredients in a mortar and pound to a paste. Add the sesame oil.

Soy Sauce:

¼ cup dark soy sauce

Cabbage Soup:

Pour the chicken stock into a saucepan over high heat, add the cabbage and cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt & pepper. Add the spring onions.

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced 2 tomatoes, sliced fresh coriander sprigs

Garnish chicken with coriander sprigs.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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I felt so happy that you added this recipe, because I just heard of this chicken rice dish recently, and it currently is so popular in Singapore. I'm getting ready to learn more about Singaporean food. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe with authentic photo with us, really appreciated it :)

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 879g (31.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 108930% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 56%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 230mg 77%
Sodium 4492mg 187%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 33%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Sugars g
Protein 176g
Vitamin A 142% Vitamin C 28%
Calcium 13% Iron 50%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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