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Hainanese Chicken

Hainanese Chicken

Hainanese Chicken is another Chinese dish that eventually became a favorite here in the Philippines. Why go to a fancy Chinese restaurant, when you can prepare this recipe on your own, right? Don’t be intimidated by this dish because RecipeTV is with you every step of the way.

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Ingredients

  • 800 grams Magnolia Fresh Chicken
  • 1 tsp rock salt
  • 75 g ginger, sliced
  • 2 pcs medium onions, quartered
  • 6 stalk lemongrass, pounded
  • 1/2 tbsp pepper
  • salt (to taste)
  • 3 liter water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch, dissolved in 1tbsp water
  • 2 cups rice, washed
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup white onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup Star Margarine
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or 2 chicken bouillon cubes dissolved in 3 cups of water)
  • 200 g ginger
  • 1/3 cup corn oil
  • 2 tbsps coriander leaves (wansoy)
  • 1/4 cup kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce

Instructions

For the Chicken:

  1. Rub chicken with rock salt and massage for 5 minutes.

  2. Place half of the ginger, onions, lemon grass, salt, pepper, and water in a stockpot.

  3. Stuff the other half of the mixture inside the chicken and bring to a boil.

  4. Put in chicken and boil for 40 minutes.

  5. Turn off heat and let stand for another 30 minutes.

  6. Reserve the boiling liquid.

  7. Remove chicken and submerge into an ice bath for 10 minutes.

For the Hainanese Rice:

  1. Wash rice.

  2. Sauté garlic and onion in melted margarine.

  3. Add washed rice and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes.

  4. Transfer to a rice cooker and add chicken broth.

  5. Halfway through cooking time, adjust water if necessary to come up with a soft consistency.

For the Sauce:

  1. Place ginger, wansoy and corn oil in a blender.

  2. Pulse until a paste-like mixture is formed.

  3. In a pan, pour ¾ cup of the boiling liquid and thicken it with cornstarch dissolved in water.

  4. Season with salt according to taste.

To Assemble:

  1. Debone chicken and pour the thickened stock.

  2. Serve together with the ginger mixture and other dipping sauces (kecap manis, light soy sauce & chili sauce).

  3. Serve the remaining boiling liquid as soup and adjust seasoning according to taste.

Happy cooking, Foodies!

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