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Easy One-Pot Hainanese Chicken Rice


Hainanese chicken is one of the most classic Asian dishes out there but, if you’re doing things the traditional way, it can take a considerable time. Which is a shame on those busy weeknights when you want all the comfort it brings but don’t want to take a huge chunk out of your evening. So how can you enjoy the hawker classic… but make it easier? This one-pot, rice cooker recipe is the answer.


Easy One-Pot Hainanese Chicken Rice

10 minutes
35 minutes

2 cups jasmine rice

2 spring onions (scallions), trimmed, cut in half

3 slices ginger, skin-on

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2½ cups chicken stock

4 chicken drumsticks

4 small skin-on boneless chicken thigh fillets

sambal oelek, to serve

sliced cucumber, to serve


Spring onion sauce:

1 cup finely sliced spring onions (scallions)

1 tsp sea salt

4 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tsp sesame oil

Step 1

Place the rice, spring onion, ginger, garlic and chicken stock in the bowl of a rice cooker. Nestle the chicken pieces into the rice. Close the lid and select the Automatic setting on the rice cooker, then press Start. Leave until the rice cooker automatic function finishes and the rice and chicken are cooked through.

Step 2

For the spring onion sauce, use a mortar and pestle to bruise the spring onion and salt until it forms a rough paste. Place the vegetable oil and sesame oil in a small saucepan over high heat. Heat until a chopstick or wooden spoon placed in to the oil sizzles. Then carefully pour the hot oil over the spring onion paste. Stir until combined. Spoon out into a small serving bowl or dish.

Step 3

To serve, transfer the chicken to a chopping board. Slice the thigh pieces. Serve with the rice, spring onion sauce, sambal oelek and cucumber.

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– We made this dish using the Panasonic 10-cup Rice & Multi Cooker SR-CN188WST.

– Sambal oelek is a spicy paste made from fresh red chillies. It’s available from the Asian aisle of most supermarkets or from an Asian grocer.

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What our customers say

Rated 4.8 out of 5
4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 5 reviews)
Very good20%
November 16, 2022

Easy and delicious

Love this recipe! It’s so easy to make and absolutely delicious. I do make one change. Whenever we make the dish, I always double up on the sauce.

October 4, 2022

My new go-to recipe

I absolutely love Haianese chicken rice but the process for the traditional style was something I never felt I had the time for. This simplified version was just as delicious and has now become my go-to for an extra comforting dinner on my busier weekdays! For my first attempt, I did have to modify – didn’t have stock on hand so I made some with the “Better than Bullion” Roasted Chicken Base; used ginger paste; added double the garlic; used wilted spring onions also at the bottom of my crisper haha; and could only fit two bone-in thighs in my rice cooker. Made for a much stronger chicken-y taste but I can’t complain. Can’t wait to try it again when I have fresher ingredients and better equipment on hand!

September 27, 2022


I always think that cooking Hainan rice and chicken is hard. But, when I saw this recipe, it changed my mind. The recipe makes my life become easier, and changed the idea that cook this food is easy. I also love the flavor, the smell, and of course my family love it so much. Even, they don’t want to miss a thing and eat it all. Thank you for every ideas from your recipes, we love it!

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