Hainanese Chicken Rice

    1 hour

    This is a popular dish in Singapore and Malaysia, chicken is boiled before being served on a specially prepared rice with homemade dipping sauces.

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    Serves: 8 

    • Chicken
    • 1 1/2 kg whole chicken
    • 8 cloves garlic
    • 2 1/2 cm ginger, sliced
    • 1 onion, halved skin on
    • 1 pinch salt and white pepper, to taste
    • water for boiling
    • ice bath
    • Rice
    • 3 cups long grain rice
    • 1 1/2 cm ginger, sliced
    • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 5 pandan leaves, knotted
    • chicken stock
    • 1 pinch salt, to taste
    • 2 teaspoons oil
    • Dipping Sauces
    • 3 fresh red chillies
    • 1 pinch salt, to taste
    • 1 lime, juiced
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • 1 slice ginger
    • Garnishing
    • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced
    • 1 tomato, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • lettuce leaves

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Chicken: Clean chicken removing the fat and reserving them. Wash and season the chicken inside out with salt.
    2. Put a saucepan of cold water on to boil. Place chicken in the cold saucepan with the onion, garlic and ginger slices. Season with salt and white pepper. After it boils, simmer for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked. Remove chicken and plunge into the ice bath. Pull chicken out, dry and set aside. Strain the chicken stock and set aside. Cut the chicken in bite-size pieces.
    3. Rice: Wash and drain the rice. Saute the sliced ginger and garlic in the reserved chicken fat until fragrant. Add the washed rice and put in a little oil and saute the rice until it is coated with oil.
    4. Pour in enough chicken stock to cook the rice and add the pandan leaves. Cook the rice until it is done.
    5. Dipping Sauces: Deseed and pound the chillies in mortar and pestle adding a little salt until it becomes a fine paste. Add a little lime juice and mix. Put chilli sauce in dipping dish.
    6. Pound the garlic cloves and ginger together until fine and put in another dipping dish.
    7. To Serve: Place the lettuce leaves on a serving plate and arrange cucumber slices and tomatoes around the dish. Put chicken pieces in the centre and drizzle with mixture of light soy sauce and sesame oil on top of chicken. Serve with a bowl of chicken stock, rice and dipping sauces.

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    Thanks for sharing  -  13 Dec 2014  (Review from Allrecipes Southeast Asia)


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