Hainanese Chicken Rice

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Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of Singapore’s national dishes, adapted from another famous Hainanese recipe named Wenchang chicken. It is also served throughout countries like Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Hainanese Chinese people who moved to other Southeast Asian countries brought this recipe with them and popularised it. However, today we will learn a gluten-free version of this dish. Moreover, this chicken dish is very healthy and rich in protein and useful fat. Making it gluten-free maximizes the good bits and cuts down completely the fat and carbs in this. Cook the dish and serve it to all your special guests. Good luck!

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice Ingredients



  1. Fat trimmed whole chicken – 1.6 K
  2. Dry Chinese red dates – 15
  3. Salt – 2 tbsp.

Fresh Chilli Sauce-

  1. Olive oil– 2 tbsp.
  2. Fresh long red chilies – 5
  3. Fresh small red chilies -3
  4. Garlic cloves – 3
  5. Small brown onions – 1
  6. Salt – 1 tsp.
  7. Sugar – 2 tsp.
  8. Juiced lemon – 1

Ginger Spring Onion Sauce-

  1. Olive oil – 5 tbsp.
  2. Thinly sliced fresh ginger – 200 g
  3. Spring onions – 5
  4. Garlic cloves – 3
  5. Salt – 1 tsp.
  6. Brown Sugar – 3 tsp./ sticks
  7. Juiced lemon – 1


  1. Basmati Rice – 2 cups
  2. Olive oil– 2 tbsp.
  3. Knotted Pandan Leaves – 2
  4. Bruised ginger- 5 small slices

Chicken broth from cooking


  1. Coriander Springs – 3
  2. Lebanese cucumber- 3


  1. Gluten free pure sesame oil – 2 tbsp.
  2. Gluten-free light soy oil – 1 tbsp.
Hainanese Chicken Rice
Hainanese Chicken Rice

Steps to Cook

Ginger Spring Onion Sauce-

  1. Put ginger, spring onion, garlic in the mixer and make a coarse paste
  2. Set aside 2 tbsp. for marinating chicken
  3. Take out rest of the dough into heat resistant bowl
  4. Heat the extra virgin olive oil and add it to the mix
  5. Add salt, sugar, garlic, lime juice and combine well. Set the mix aside

Fresh Chilli Sauce-

  1. Add red chilies, garlic, onion, extra virgin olive oil into the mixer and make a smooth paste
  2. Take the paste out into a bowl and add salt, sugar, lime juice and mix well


  1. Clean and wash flat trimmed chicken.
  2. Rub salt, ginger and unseasoned spring onion sauce onto the chicken skin and cavity and set it aside
  3. Fill half a pot with water and bring it to boil, skim the surface
  4. Put in the Chinese dates and turn down the heat.
  5. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes and turn off the heat after
  6. Remove the dates
  7. Get chicken out of the pot and set aside
  8. Reserve the broth for cooking the chicken and the rice

Fragrant Rice

  1. Wash the rice well
  2. Place it into a rice cooker with the olive oil, pandan leaves, ginger and a few cups of water and cook

This chicken recipe uses lots of fresh ginger. Ginger has many medicinal and therapeutic benefits. It can cure inflammations, improve digestion, and treat pain ad infections. Apart from this, it can also prevent colon cancer and treat ovarian cancer. Also, ginger contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, and many other nutrients. Its consumption has many benefits.

Chicken consists of lean white meat, which has high protein. It also has a lot of zinc and unsaturated fat, which is suitable for muscle building and maintaining a healthy immune system.

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