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).
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!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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