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hainanese chicken rice

Steamed Hainanese Chicken Rice

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 4

Chicken rice was one of the first meals I cooked using my Varoma. I am a huge fan of Rick Stein and I had made his version of the Hainanese chicken rice before, but I felt intrigued to try it out using my Varoma and the results were absolutely fantastic. It is a great dinner for the whole family and one of those all-in-one meal wonders that totally restores your faith in the Varoma if you haven't been using it for a while. This recipe is originally from my Varoma book Steaming Hot.


  • 1 Tbsp white peppercorns
  • 1 red chilli
  • 25 g garlic cloves
  • 25 g fresh ginger sliced
  • 60 g palm sugar
  • 60 g rice wine vinegar
  • 60 g yellow bean sauce or miso paste
  • 60 g dark soy sauce
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 30 g fresh ginger sliced
  • 30 g garlic cloves sliced
  • 4 spring onions sliced
  • 1.5 kg whole free range chicken
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 30 g sesame oil
  • 30 g soy sauce
  • 350 g jasmine rice
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable or chicken stock paste
  • 2 spring onions thinly sliced
  • 1 small handfull fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 cucumber cut into batons


  1. Place the peppercorns in the mixing bowl and grind 10 Sec. / Speed 10.

  2. Add the chilli, garlic and ginger then chop 2 Sec. / Speed 7.

  3. Add the palm sugar, rice wine vinegar, yellow bean sauce, dark soy sauce and salt then mix 20 Sec. / Speed 9. Place into small individual dipping sauce bowls. Set aside until later.

  4. Place the sliced ginger, garlic and spring onions under the skin of the chicken breasts and into the cavity of the chicken. Add any remaining pieces around the outside of the chicken and rub the black pepper, sesame oil and soy sauce onto the outer skin of the chicken. Place the chicken breast-side down into the Varoma dish lined with greaseproof paper.

  5. Pour 1000g boiling water from the kettle into the mixing bowl. Steam 55 Min. / Varoma / Speed 2.

  6. Remove the Varoma to insert the simmering basket. Weigh the rice into it. Top up the liquid in the mixing bowl to the 1 litre mark and add the veggie stock paste. Place the Varoma back into position and cook again 20 Min. / Varoma / Speed 3.5 or until chicken and rice are cooked.

  7. Carefully cut chicken into pieces. Transfer the rice into bowls, top with the chicken pieces and a spoonful of stock from the mixing bowl. Top with dipping sauce to taste, sliced spring onions, coriander leaves and cucumber batons.

Nutrition Facts
Steamed Hainanese Chicken Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 936 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 135mg45%
Sodium 2593mg113%
Potassium 820mg23%
Carbohydrates 102g34%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 47g94%
Calcium 119mg12%
Vitamin C 30.6mg37%
Vitamin A 625IU13%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  2. Jodie on July 23, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Just wondering if this would work with skin on chicken breasts? Trying to figure out what the reduced cooking time might be also?

    • Sophia H Sophia H on August 5, 2019 at 9:40 am

      That would work too. I would suggest 20-25 minutes for that 🙂

  3. Peta on July 24, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Recipe looks great but I can’t click on Instructions link.

    • Sophia H Sophia H on August 5, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Perhaps try to reload the page, it works fine for me:)

  4. Leone B Leone B on August 25, 2019 at 8:27 am

    OMG. Just finished this for dinner tonight. Was amazing. The flavours are incredible.
    First time I have cooked rice in my thermi and first time I have steamed chicken (in thermi or otherwise).
    Thanks for this delicious recipe Sophia.

  5. anne on November 26, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Hi Sophia how long would you cook skin on chicken thighs for?? have been wanting to make this recipe for a long time

    • Sophia H Sophia H on February 11, 2020 at 10:45 am

      I would say about 20-25 minutes.

  6. Arwen G Arwen G on January 10, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    This recipe is so delicious, ans absolute favourite!!

  7. Briony S on February 7, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Loved this, I’m a big fan of this dish so had to give it a go, was absolutely delicious 😋

  8. Liz W Liz W on August 26, 2020 at 1:31 am

    Rice – Is the veggie stock added to the simmering basket or the water

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