Garlic and Ginger Chicken Rice

This one-pot chicken and rice dish is inspired by the Singaporean classic that is Hainanese Chicken Rice. Traditionally, it’s made by poaching a whole chicken with pandan leaves, spring onions, garlic and ginger. The rice is cooked in the stock, along with chicken fat, ginger and garlic. The result is an extremely delicious and flavourful dish.

This isn’t Hainanese Chicken Rice, but it’s incredibly tasty and so easy to make. Oh, and it only requires 5 ingredients!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 6 chicken thighs
  • 400 g jasmine rice
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cm fresh ginger root, peeled and minced
  • 650 ml chicken stock

For the optional spring onion oil:

  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced 
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger, minced 
  • 75ml vegetable oil 


  1. Season the chicken thighs with salt on both sides. Place the chicken thighs skin-side-down in a single layer in a wide, deep Dutch oven or saucepan that has a tight-fitting lid. Heat the saucepan over medium heat and cook the chicken until the fat has rendered out and the skin is nicely browned, around 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, thoroughly rinse the rice with cold water until the water runs clear, then drain with a sieve and set aside.
  3. Once browned, remove the chicken from the pan. It will still be completely raw. Add the garlic and ginger to the rendered chicken fat and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, then add the drained rice and stir to combine. Add the chicken stock and season with salt, to taste – you want the cooking liquid to taste as seasoned as you want the finished dish to taste. Stir to combine.
  4. Nestle the chicken thighs into the rice so only the bottom half is submerged. Bring everything to a simmer then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer gently until the rice has absorbed all the liquid and is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes, then serve and enjoy.
  5. Note: for a crispy skin, you can remove the chicken thighs and pop them under the grill once the rice is cooked.
  6. To make the optional spring onion oil, place the spring onions and ginger in a small heatproof bowl. Head the oil in a small saucepan set over a medium-high heat for 1 to 2 mins, then carefully pour the hot oil over the aromatics. Season with salt, to taste. 

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Charlotte Lenney
11 months ago

Absolutely love this recipe! One note, watch the video (tiktok) before making it, there are a couple steps there that are missed in the written recipe (covering the dish and toasting the rice are the two in particular that are important)

9 months ago

Something this easy to make has no right to taste as good as this does. It has become one of my go to recipes in such a short time.

9 months ago

Hi! Can I do this in a slow-cooker too? x

Tifani Keith
6 months ago

I am shocked this recipe isn’t being praised all over the internet. My family asks me to make it constantly. Don’t skip the green onion oil. It is the best part!

Eden Marsh
3 months ago

It is so tasty and easy! It’s very Chinese tasting, only healthier than you’d get in a restaurant!