Hainan Garlic Ginger Chicken Rice

My ethnic background is Chinese.  My mom was born in Nanjing and raised in Taipei, Taiwan.  My dad is ethnically Chinese but was born and raised in Da Nang, Vietnam. I grew up the majority of my life in Seattle, Washington and my only connection to my parents’ culture is through the food.  Taiwanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indo-Chinese..you name it, I loved eating it.  One of my favorite dishes that my father introduced me to is Hainan chicken rice.  It’s from his father’s hometown of Hainan, China.  This dish is what Hainan is famous for and there usually are 1 or 2 restaurants in every chinatown that specializes and serves only this dish.  It’s so flavorful and delicious!  It’s a family favorite and I love making it for friends.

This is a dish full of garlic and ginger and savory chicken flavor and you can easily replace the chicken broth for vegetable broth to make it vegan.  This side dish pairs well with my Perfect Salmon and definitely any chicken dish.  Heck, this dish is so good on its own and with anything you want to accompany it with!

Enjoy!  Chi Fan!!!

Hainan Garlic Ginger Chicken Rice
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Servings
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Hainan Garlic Ginger Chicken Rice
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Servings
8
Servings
8
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Soak rice in water and put aside while you prepare your ginger and garlic. Let it soak for at least 10 minutes.
  2. To easily remove the skin off ginger, use the edge of a spoon and scrape. The spoon makes it easy to scrape around the curves and bumps of the ginger root and minimize waste.
  3. Mince your ginger and garlic.
  4. Rinse rice until water runs clear. Usually this take 3 rinse and drains.
  5. Add coconut oil to a large pot on medium high heat and then add all your minced garlic and ginger. Stir for 30 seconds until you smell the aromatics of the garlic and ginger.
  6. Add drained rice in pan and stir constantly with the garlic and ginger for 1 minute. Add sesame oil and salt and stir a minute more.
  7. If you have a rice cooker, add all the ingredients from the pan as well as the chicken broth into the cooker and turn it on. It will be done when the cooker notifies you.
  8. If you don't, just add the chicken broth directly into the pot and bring it to a boil. Once it starts to boil, turn down the stove to low and put a lid on the pot. Let it cook for about 17 minutes.
  9. When the rice is done, use a wooden spatula or spoon and fluff up the rice by gently scooping and stirring. Your Hainan Rice is ready to serve!
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4 thoughts on “Hainan Garlic Ginger Chicken Rice

  1. I’m an American born Chinese who grew up specifically with Cantonese food. I love to explore & eat Chinese food from all areas of China and Taiwan. Have you tried food from a Chinese Muslim restaurant__excellent! It’s different but the same. I’ll have to try this rice dish.

    1. Hi Leslie!
      I haven’t tried any Chinese Muslim food. I’d love to check it out. Any suggestions on where I should go in LA?

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