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Authentic Singaporean Chicken Rice Delight

A Flavorful Journey to the Heart of Southeast Asia

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Authentic Singaporean Chicken Rice Delight

Difficulty:IntermediatePrep time: 20 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: minutesTotal time:1 hour Servings:5 servingsCalories:970 kcal Best Season:Suitable throughout the year


Dive into the rich culinary heritage of Singapore with this delightful Chicken Rice recipe. Tender, poached chicken served with fragrant rice and accompanied by a spicy chili sauce and ginger-garlic paste. Perfect for a comforting meal that brings a taste of Southeast Asia to your kitchen.



  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a rolling boil. Smash 3 cloves of garlic and 2 pieces of ginger, then insert them into the cavity of the chicken. Knot the green onions and place them inside the chicken along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Gently lower the chicken, breast-side down, into the boiling water.
  2. Once boiling, cover the pot and remove it from the heat. Let the chicken sit, covered, for 40 minutes, flipping it halfway through the cooking time.
  3. While the chicken is poaching, heat vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a large pan over medium heat. Sauté shallots, ginger, and garlic in the oil until they release their aroma. Add cilantro and rice, stirring until the rice is lightly toasted. Pour in the chicken stock and season with salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer until the rice is tender and steam holes form on the surface, approximately 20 minutes.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the pot and run it under cold water to tighten the skin. Rub the skin with sesame oil, then chop the chicken into pieces. Arrange the chicken pieces on a serving dish and garnish with cilantro, green onion, cucumber, and tomato. Serve alongside the fragrant rice.


  • – For a more authentic experience, serve with a side of sliced cucumbers and a bowl of clear chicken broth.
    – Adjust the amount of chilies in the sauce according to your spice preference.
    – Leftover chicken can be used in salads or sandwiches.
Keywords:Singaporean cuisine, Chicken rice, Southeast Asian dish

Can I use chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken?

Yes, but the flavor might not be as rich. Adjust cooking time accordingly.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I make the rice in a rice cooker?

Yes, follow the rice cooker instructions and use the same ingredients for flavor.

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