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Claypot Chicken Rice

Claypot Chicken Rice

Claypot Chicken Rice Recipe

The rice cooked using a claypot has a wonderful smoky flavour and a nice crust. This is a great one-dish and balanced meal with meat, mushrooms and vegetables.


  • 500g chicken thighs or half chicken cut to bite-sized pieces
  • 1  1/2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 30 grams dried salted fish soaked in hot water until softened, pat dry and diced (remove bones if any)
  • 1 cup long grain white rice rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 dried Chinese mushrooms rinsed and soaked in hot water, stalks trimmed, quartered (reserve 2 tbsp soaking water)
  • 1 lup cheong (Chinese sausages/腊肠) soaked in hot water for 5 minutes before removing wax covering; sliced diagonally
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil as needed
  • 2 bunches baby bok choy/xiao bai cai (小白菜) ends trimmed

(A) Marinade

  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp ginger juice (grate some ginger, gather the pulp and squeeze the juice)

Serving suggestion

  • chopped spring onion or coriander
  • dark soy sauce (as a condiment)


  1. Marinade chicken pieces with (A) for at least 15 minutes in the fridge.
  2. Heat oil in the clay pot. Add salted fish bits and fry until golden brown. Turn off the stove and take out salted fish, leaving behind the oil in the claypot.
  3. Add washed rice to the clay pot, coating the rice grains with the oil left in the clay pot using a spatula.
  4. Add 1 cup water together with 2 tbsp water used to soak the mushrooms.
  5. Cover claypot with lid. Simmer the rice until it is almost cooked, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the marinated chicken pieces without the leftover marinating sauce (otherwise, the rice may get too soggy) on top of the rice. Scatter fried salted fish bits, mushrooms and lup cheong over. Drizzle sesame oil along the walls of the clay pot so that the rice can form a nice crust later.
  7. Cover the claypot and simmer for another 15 minutes. The rice should be cooked by now. If you want a more distinctive crust, you can simmer slightly longer, until you start to hear a gentle popping sound. Turn off the stove. Add the baby bok choy and cover with lid, allowing the contents of the claypot to keep warm and slow cook on their own for another 10-15 minutes before serving.
  8. To serve, garnish with spring onions/coriander. Drizzle dark soy sauce over the rice if desired and mix up the rice before eating.
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44 comments on “Claypot Chicken Rice”

  1. Hello, my fiancé and I made this recipe last night, using chicken, and it was AMAZING! It was our first time using our claypot, and with your recipe we found it to be really easy to use. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  2. Nicely done! I liked it too!:)

  3. It seems that no dark soya sauce is added into the rice directly. If that’s the case, how will the rice turn dark brown like what we eat at the hawker? We put in the dark sauce after the rice is cooked?

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  6. Hi! Love your site, thanks for the recipes. Quick question: Regarding the recipe for claypot chicken rice, could you send me more detail about controlling the heat and/or flame during each stage of the recipe. I am aware that the claypot retains heat and continues cooking, so I am uncertain when and how much heat/flame to apply.

    Much appreciated!

  7. Trying your recipe right now. Didn’t have dried mushrooms so substituted with portobello and a dash of wohup mushroom stock… wish me luck! The last ten minutes of simmering to go… so hungry.

    • Just finished a bowl of it. Definitely different without the dried mushrooms but still good! Easy to prepare and fast to cook. Didn’t have to add anything after cooking. Just stir to mix and the rest of the rice became nicely brown too. Definitely better than buying from outside because I know what’s in my food. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  8. Thank you so much for that recipe.
    I don’t know where to get the sausage in Switzerland therefore I used a Salami and marinated everything in Bulgogi, added some Zucchiini and had a wonderful dinner! :-)

  9. 500g Chicken to 1 cup of rice seems like alot of chicken for 1 1/2 – 2 servings.

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