Hainan Chicken Rice

Hainan Chicken Rice


  • 1 packet of Gourmet Hainanese Chicken Rice Spice Paste (click to buy from Amazon)
  • 1.5 cups of uncooked white rice
  • 2.5 cups of water (for the chicken rice)
  • 2 cups of water (for the chicken broth)
  • 2 medium sized chicken breast
  • 1/2 lbs of green string beans
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil

Wash the chicken breasts and remove the bones. Boil the bones in 2 cups of water to make chicken broth. Add a pinch of salt to add flavor to the chicken broth. Let it cook in medium heat.

Pour 1.5 cups of uncooked white rice into a cooking pan and rinse the rice (3 times). Add 2.5 cups of water and mix in the packet of Gourmet Hainanese Chicken Rice Spice Paste. Stir until the paste dissolves. Make 3 to 4 slices on the chicken and place the chicken on the rice-paste-water mixture. Place on stove and cook on high until it boils.

Once it starts to boil, cover with lid and reduce heat to medium. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Once the time is up, turn off the heat and let it simmer for an additional 6 minutes.

Once the time is up and the meat is thoroughly cooked, remove the chicken breasts from the rice and cut into smaller sizes. Plate the chicken. Stir the rice with a spoon and scoop the rice on the plate.

The chicken broth should be boiling on medium heat. Wash and cut the green string beans in half. Dice the garlic into small slices. Pour the green string beans in the broth for 30 seconds, rinse it out with cold water and let it dry. Turn the stove on high. Add olive oil to the frying pan and wait until hot. Add garlic, string beans and stir for 2 minutes. Turn off the stove and plate the string beans.

I added pickled vegetables for garnish but you can also cut up some sliced cucumber and tomato as a replacement.

Hainan Chicken Rice is a very popular dish in Southern China and Southeast Asia – Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. This recipe will kick your ordinary rice recipes’ butt.  The oil and aroma of the chicken is present in each bite giving your taste buds a ride they won’t forget. This dish is also one of Eddie and my favorite childhood food.

We’d love to hear your experience with this recipe. Let us know if there are any tips you’d like to share on how to make this dish even more delicious!

No cooking recipe is compete without a video tutorial. Watch us make this dish in the video below.



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