Chinese style one-pot chicken rice (葱油鸡饭)

Inspired by the famous Hainan chicken rice, this one-pot chicken rice is very easy to prepare and packed with aroma and flavour. A great dish for sharing.

Inspired by the famous Hainan chicken rice, this one-pot chicken rice is very easy to prepare and packed with aroma and flavour. A great dish for sharing.

I really love one-pot meals! Not only are they time-saving, but also the flavour of each ingredient combines very well when cooked together. In our Red House, the most popular one-pot meal has to be Chinese style one-pot chicken rice (葱姜鸡饭).

Inspired by the famous Hainan chicken rice, this one-pot chicken rice is very easy to prepare and packed with aroma and flavour. A great dish for sharing.

My recipe of Chinese style one-pot chicken rice is inspired by “Hainan chicken rice (海南鸡饭)”, the national dish of Singapore which was adapted by Chinese immigrants originally from Hainan province in southern China. It contains chicken pieces (sliced from a whole chicken poached in water), some flavoursome and oily rice (steamed in chicken stock and chicken fat) and a savoury dipping sauce. It’s super tasty!

Inspired by the famous Hainan chicken rice, this one-pot chicken rice is very easy to prepare and packed with aroma and flavour. A great dish for sharing.

One day I asked myself: How about cooking chicken and rice at the same time in one single pot? I tried to make a few changes to the classic Hainan chicken rice recipe. And it turned out to be a very simple and delicious dish! Here is exactly how I cook my Chinese style one-pot chicken rice:

Inspired by the famous Hainan chicken rice, this one-pot chicken rice is very easy to prepare and packed with aroma and flavour. A great dish for sharing.

  • Marinate the chicken with spring onion, ginger, rice wine, etc. Instead of a whole chicken, I use deboned chicken drumsticks (Please refer to the images above to learn how to debone them easily). Chicken thighs are great choice too.

Inspired by the famous Hainan chicken rice, this one-pot chicken rice is very easy to prepare and packed with aroma and flavour. A great dish for sharing.

  • Use the pilaf method to prepare rice. Fry spring onion and ginger in oil (take half out for making the sauce later) then add rice and diced carrot. After pouring in water, place marinated chicken pieces on top. Cook on low heat. During cooking, the juice from the chicken flows onto the rice and makes it super flavoursome.

Inspired by the famous Hainan chicken rice, this one-pot chicken rice is very easy to prepare and packed with aroma and flavour. A great dish for sharing.

  • Prepare the sauce. Use the spring onion and ginger fried earlier. Add soy sauce, black rice vinegar and chilli. You can use it to dip or pour it directly onto the chicken.
  • A final tip: If you’d like to make this one-pot chicken rice even healthier, quickly blanch some Pak Choi (or other easy-to-cook vegetables) and add to the side.

Inspired by the famous Hainan chicken rice, this one-pot chicken rice is very easy to prepare and packed with aroma and flavour. A great dish for sharing.

Chinese style one-pot chicken rice (葱油鸡饭)
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 4 servings

Chinese style one-pot chicken rice (葱油鸡饭)

Inspired by the famous Hainan chicken rice, this one-pot chicken rice is very easy to prepare and packed with aroma and flavour. A great dish for sharing.

Ingredients

    Group 1: for the chicken
  • 8 chicken drumsticks (see note 1)
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 pinch white pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stalk spring onion, chopped
  • 2 slices ginger, julienned
  • Group 2 : for the rice
  • 280g / 1.5 cups jasmine rice (or basmati rice)
  • 1.5 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 stalks spring onion, crushed
  • 4 slices ginger, crushed
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 530ml /2.25 cups water (see note 3) 
  • Group 3: for the sauce
  • 2-3 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chilli, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Use kitchen scissors to debone the drumsticks: cut around the knuckle. Insert scissors under the flesh and cut along the bone. Trim the remaining flesh from the bone (as shown in photos above).
  2. Marinate chicken pieces with Shaoxing rice wine, white pepper, salt, spring onion and ginger. Leave to rest for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse rice under cold water. Soak for about 10 mins then drain.
  4. Heat up oil in a pot (or a deep frying pan). Fry spring onion and ginger until fragrant. Spoon half out into a small bowl for making the sauce later.
  5. Add rice, carrot and salt. Stir for a minute then pour in water. Place chicken pieces on top (Avoid overlapping). 
  6. Bring the water to a boil. Put the lid on then turn the heat down to the lowest. Cook for 15 minutes or so. Remove from the heat then let it stand for a further 5 minutes (see note 2 & 3).  
  7. While waiting the rice to cook, prepare the sauce. Add light soy sauce, black rice vinegar and chilli to the bowl which contains fried spring onion and ginger. Mix well.

Notes

1. You may use boneless chicken thighs too. This will save you some time in preparation.

2. The mount of water you need and the cooking time depend on the cookware. Adjust if necessary. If uncertain, use a bit more water than suggested. Cook longer if the finished rice appears to be too wet. I use an enameled cast iron pot which has a tight lid and holds heat very well. 

3. This recipe also works in a rice cooker. Use the same amount of water as you normally need for plain rice. Just make sure the rice cooker is wide enough to place all the chicken pieces without overlapping. 

4. To make this one-pot dish even healthier, you may quickly blanch some Pak Choi (or other easy-to-cook vegetables) and add to the side.

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Hope my post gives you some inspiration on one-pot quick meal preparation. If you are interested in Chinese / Asian cuisine, don’t forget to connect to me on Pinterest where I pin scrumptious recipes on a daily basis.

Happy cooking!

An enthusiastic cook with a Chinese palate and a global mindset.

A one-bowl meal: flavoursome rice and diced carrot topped with chicken thigh pieces seasoned with ginger & spring onion.
Inspired by the famous Hainan chicken rice, this one-pot chicken rice is very easy to prepare and packed with aroma and flavour. A great dish for sharing. Inspired by the famous Hainan chicken rice, this one-pot chicken rice is very easy to prepare and packed with aroma and flavour. A great dish for sharing.

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