Hainanese Chicken Recipe

Hainanese Chicken Recipe

Hainanese Chicken Recipe

Hainanese Chicken Recipe

Hainanese Chicken Recipe

Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings:  4

Ingredients:

For the Chicken:

  • 3 pounds whole chicken, cut into 4 pieces (see note above)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 3-inch knob ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 3 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 2 pandan leaves, tied into knots, (optional, see note above)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

For the Rice:

  • 2 cups long grain rice, rinsed

For the Bok Choy:

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 medium shallots, peeled, sliced into thin rings (about 1 cup)
  • 1 pound baby bok choy, washed, trimmed, halved vertically
  • Chili sauce to serve on the side
  • Kecap manis to serve on the side (see note above)
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems and leaves chopped, to serve on the side

Procedures:

  1. For the Chicken: Place chicken in large stock pot and add rice wine, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons salt, white pepper, ginger, green onions, and pandan leaves (if using). Cover chicken with water (10 to 12 cups).
  2. Heat over medium-high heat to simmer. Reduce heat to a bare simmer and poach the chicken until just cooked through (155°F) for breasts, (165°F for legs), 35 to 50 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate. Stir sesame oil and remaining tablespoon soy sauce in a small bowl. When chicken is cool enough to handle, rub sesame sauce onto chicken.
  3. Strain broth and continue to simmer over medium-low heat until reduced to approximately 9 cups (do not skim fat). Season to taste and let cool 15 minutes to allow the fat to rice to the surface.
  4. For the Rice: Place 2 cups rice and 3 1/2 cups broth (use as much of the fat as possible from the broth) into rice cooker and cook rice.
  5. For the bok choy: Heat oil and shallots in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until deep golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer shallots to small bowl.
  6. Heat 3/4 cup broth to simmer over medium-high heat in 10-inch straight sided skillet with lid. Add bok choy and cover. Cook until just tender but still green, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with shallots.
  7. Reheat remaining broth and ladle into bowls. Slice chicken meat into bite size portions and arrange on plate, spooning a small amount of broth over the top. Serve with rice, bok choy, sliced cucumber, cilantro, chili sauce, and kecap manis.
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