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      Rice Cooker Hainanese Chicken Rice (Easy One-Pot Recipe)

      This one pot Hainanese chicken rice is perfect for a busy weeknight. I love making rice cooker chicken because it’s so easy to throw together and takes a few minutes of prep.

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      The best part of this recipe is the flavorful chicken skin which has absorbed all of the flavors in the pot. This is one of my favorite easy recipes and one pot recipes. 

      Plus, making this recipe in the rice cooker makes it so much easier and I don’t have to worry about checking on the stove every few minutes to ensure it isn’t overflowing. 

      What is Hainanese Chicken Rice?

      Hainanese chicken rice is a delicious dish consisting of fragrant rice and juicy, tender chicken thighs. It is typically served with a variety of sauces and sliced cucumbers.

      It’s so popular that it’s the national dish of Singapore and is very popular all across Asia. You can find this dish at some Chinese restaurants, though it may be difficult to find in the United States. 

      Origins

      The origins of this dish are pretty easy to decipher. It was brought to Singapore from Chinese immigrants from the province of Hainan. This explains the name of the dish quite well.

      It’s based off of a dish called Wenchang chicken which uses a specific kind of chicken. Nowadays, regular chicken thighs are used for this recipe. It’s served with the skin on. 

      Ingredients for Hainanese Chicken Rice

      Before making this recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients you need. All of the ingredients are listed down below next to some possible alternatives. For the best results, I recommend sticking to the original ingredients.

      IngredientsAlternative
      Boneless chicken thighs, skin onChicken breast
      Sesame oil
      SaltSea salt, kosher salt
      Jasmine riceJapanese rice, basmati rice, long grain rice
      Chicken brothChicken bouillon cubes, vegetable broth
      Garlic clovesGarlic powder
      Fresh gingerGinger powder
      Green onion (Spring onion, Scallions)Chives

      The ingredients for the chili sauce include chili garlic sauce, sugar, lime juice and dark soy sauce. The ginger scallion sauce includes neutral oil, ginger and green onions (scallions). 

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      How to make Hainanese Chicken Rice

      Pour the sesame oil over the chicken thighs and gently massage into the skin. Cover and set aside. 

      Wash and drain your jasmine rice and add it to the rice cooker chamber. Add chicken broth up to the 2-cup line if your rice cooker has an indicator line. If not, add 1 3/4 cups. 

      Add the minced garlic, grated ginger and green onions to the rice cooker pot and gently stir together. Add the marinated chicken thighs on top of the rice. 

      Close the rice cooker lid and turn on. If your rice cooker has settings, choose the “white rice” setting. 

      As your rice cooker chicken cooks, prepare your sauces. To prepare the ginger scallion sauce, heat the neutral oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the ginger and scallions. Cook for about 30 seconds, then transfer to a heat proof bowl.

      To prepare the chili sauce, combine the chili garlic sauce, sugar, lime juice and dark soy sauce. Gently stir until well combined. 

      Once your rice cooker chicken is done, serve the dish. First scoop out a bowl of rice, then cut your chicken into bite sized pieces and serve alongside the two sauces. 

      How to store the leftovers

      If you have any leftovers, transfer them to an airtight container. Store the two sauces in their own separate containers. All of these items should be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within 2-3 days.

      Make sure you are transferring your food to the refrigerator within two hours of being prepared. This will help reduce your risk of foodborne illness. 

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      Can I make this recipe without a rice cooker?

      Yes, you can make this recipe in a pressure cooker or instant pot or on the stove top in a stock pot or saucepan. For the pressure cooker, follow the same procedure listed above and choose the rice setting.

      For making this recipe over the stove, you can follow this recipe

      Can you cook raw chicken in the rice cooker?

      Yes, you can cook raw chicken in most rice cookers. Make sure you aren’t putting in the chicken by itself. This method works best when the chicken is added to rice and water. 

      How long does a rice cooker take?

      It depends on the rice cooker. Smaller rice cookers will cook the fastest, with some models cooking rice in as little as 15 minutes. The less rice you put in the rice cooker, the faster it will cook.

      Larger and more expensive models tend to take longer to cook, with some models taking up to an hour or an hour and a half. This is because there is a soaking phase before cooking which makes tastier rice.

      Is a rice cooker faster than a stove?

      It depends on the rice cooker. But typically, it is faster to cook rice on the stove compared to the rice cooker. If you want rice as soon as possible, stove top may be the best way to go.

      You can also purchase frozen rice packets that heat up in the microwave or shelf-stable rice packets that also heat up the microwave. These are great in a pinch and also in case of emergencies. 

      rice cooker chicken

      Rice Cooker Hainanese Chicken Rice (Easy One-Pot Recipe)

      This one pot Hainanese chicken rice is perfect for a busy weeknight.
      Prep Time 15 minutes
      Cook Time 45 minutes
      Total Time 1 hour
      Course Main Course
      Cuisine Chinese
      Servings 3 servings

      Ingredients
        

      • 3 chicken thighs boneless, skin-on
      • 2 tbsp sesame oil
      • pinch salt
      • 2 rice cooker cups jasmine rice 3/4 cup = 1 rice cooker cup
      • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
      • 2 garlic cloves minced
      • 1/2 inch ginger grated
      • 1 stalk green onion cut into chunks

      Chili Sauce

      • 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce
      • 1 tsp sugar
      • 1 tbsp lime juice
      • 1 tbsp soy sauce

      Ginger Scallion Sauce

      • 2 stalks green onion finely diced
      • 1 inch ginger grated
      • 1/4 cup neutral oil

      Instructions
       

      • Pour the sesame oil over the chicken thighs and gently massage into the skin. Cover and set aside.
      • Wash and drain your jasmine rice and add it to the rice cooker chamber. Add chicken broth up to the 2-cup line if your rice cooker has an indicator line. If not, add 1 3/4 cups.
      • Add the minced garlic, grated ginger and green onions to the rice cooker pot and gently stir together. Add the marinated chicken thighs on top of the rice.
      • Close the rice cooker lid and turn on. If your rice cooker has settings, choose the “white rice” setting.
      • As your rice cooker chicken cooks, prepare your sauces.
      • To prepare the ginger scallion sauce, heat the neutral oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the ginger and scallions. Cook for about 30 seconds, then transfer to a heat proof bowl.
      • To prepare the chili sauce, combine the chili garlic sauce, sugar, lime juice and dark soy sauce. Gently stir until well combined.
      • Once your rice cooker chicken is done, serve the dish. First scoop out a bowl of rice, then cut your chicken into bite sized pieces and serve alongside the two sauces.

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