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Hainanese Chicken
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5 from 7 votes

How to Cook Hainanese Chicken (Pinoy Style)

This recipe I have here is a good welcoming dish for the year of the rooster! If you have eaten in the Hainanese Delights fast food, I think the Hainanese chicken is their specialty.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Chicken Recipe
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: hainanese chicken, steamed chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Manny


  • 1 kilo chicken whole chicken or your choice parts
  • 1 Tbsp.  rock salt
  • 100  grams ginger sliced
  • 2 pieces white onions quartered
  • 5 stalks lemon grass pounded and tie into a knot
  • 1 stalk scallion or green onion sliced to 2 inch long
  • 1/2 Tbsp.  pepper
  • salt to taste
  • MSG or granulated seasoning to taste
  • 12 cups of water

For the Hainanese Rice:

  • cups rice washed
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large white onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • cups chicken broth from the boiled chicken or 2 chicken cubes dissolved in 4 cups of water
  • 2 pcs pandan leaves

For the dipping sauces:

  • 150 grams ginger
  • tablespoon  canola oil or any vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 3 Tbsp. premium soy sauce e.g. Lee Kum Kee or Maggi soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. kalamansi or lemon juice


How to cook Hainanese Chicken:

  • Rub the chicken parts with rock salt and set aside. (If you are going to use a whole chicken, rub it with salt in side and out then stuff with half the amount of ginger, lemon grass and onion then set aside.)
  • In a medium size pot, combine water, lemon grass, ginger, onion, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then add the chicken. Simmer for about 35 minutes or until the chicken is tender. Turn off heat and let the it cool for a while. You will use the broth for the Hainanese rice later.
  • In the meantime, to make the Hainanese rice, in a wok, heat margarine and saute onion and garlic until fragrant. Wash the rice first then drain. Put the rice in the wok together with the onion and garlic and saute continuously for 5 minutes.
  • Then transfer the sauteed rice to the rice cooker and add the chicken broth. Cook until the rice is done.
  • To make the ginger dipping sauce, grate the ginger and put in a small bowl. Add the oil and salt. Mix thoroughly and set aside. In a separate bowl, put the soy sauce and kalamansi juice. Serve these dipping sauces with the Hannanese chicken. Garnish with green onions if desired.