Sautéed Prosciutto Cabbage Recipe Stir-fry Choy Sum & Fish Cake Recipe Sautéed Salad Mix Recipe 15-Minute Salmon Avocado Cabbage Salad Recipe 15-Minute Salmon Nabe Recipe Simple Avocado Toast Recipe

Steamed Chicken Rice

Steamed Chicken Rice
Condiments for Chicken Rice – Ginger Sauce, Chilli Sauce, Sesame Oil, Chicken Soup

Steamed Chicken Rice Recipe

The liquid from steaming the chicken (concentrated, pure and a little oily) is perfect for cooking flavourful chicken rice.


Steamed Chicken

  • 1 (kampong) chicken neck and head discarded, feet reserved for making chicken stock; cavity emptied and cleaned
  • 1.5 bulbs garlic separated to cloves and slightly bruised with mortar and pestle to release flavour
  • 10 slices ginger
  • 3 stalks spring onions cut to 5 cm lengths
  • 2 tsp fine salt

(A) Chicken Rice

  • 1 1/2 cup long-grain white rice rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cup* broth from steaming the chicken add more water if not enough
  • 5 cloves garlic slightly bruised
  • 5 slices ginger
  • 2 pandan leaves tied in a knot

* Same ratio of rice: water is used, but it may differ slightly with different model of rice cooker.

(B) Chilli Sauce

  • 5 finger-length red chilli de-seeded
  • 2 chilli padi (bird’s eye chili) do not de-seed, for the heat; to taste
  • 8 cloves garlic peeled
  • 3 slices ginger
  • 2 tbsp rich chicken stock add chicken seasoning powder if stock is not rich enough
  • 1/8 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar to taste
  • juice from 2 limes

(C) Ginger Sauce

  • 50 grams peeled young ginger cut to small chunks for even blending
  • 3 shallots peeled
  • 2 tbsp high-quality sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil or chicken oil
  • 2 tbsp chicken stock
  • 2 tsp chicken seasoning powder optional; to taste
  • 2 tsp sugar to taste
  • 1/8 tsp salt to taste

(D) Sesame Drizzling Sauce

  • 50ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce

(E) Chicken (Dang Gui) Soup (Optional)

If you do not wish waste the bones after carving the chicken, use them for making chicken soup.

  • whole chicken carcass after carving, feet and wing tips included
  • 1.2 litres water
  • 6 pieces dang gui optional
  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp wolfberries soaked in a bowl of water until puffy

(F) To Serve

  • 1 cucumber sliced thinly diagonally
  • 1 tomato sliced thinly
  • coriander
  • spring onions cut cross section lengthwise


Steamed Chicken

  1. Rub salt all over the chicken. Loosely stuff chicken cavity with 5 garlic cloves, 5 slices ginger and half of the spring onions.
  2. In a deep and wide steaming dish (chicken broth will be collected at the end of cooking), line the bottom of dish with the remaining garlic, ginger and spring onions, then place the chicken on top.
  3. Steam in a covered steamer (such as a large wok) over high heat for about 30-40 minutes. Watch the water inside the steamer, and add more water in the steamer dish if the water evaporates. To test if the chicken is cooked, insert a fork or chopstick in the thigh area: if clear liquid (no blood) runs out, the chicken is cooked.
  4. Reserve the chicken stock collected in the steaming dish and empty the cavity liquids.
  5. When chicken has cooled, carve the chicken (boneless).

Chicken Rice

“COOK” rice in rice cooker (A). “KEEP WARM” until serving.

Chilli Sauce

Blend (B) to a smooth paste. Season to taste. Click here for more photos and detailed tips.

Ginger Sauce

Blend (C) to a smooth paste. Season to taste. Click here for more photos and detailed tips.

Drizzling Sauce

Combine (D) in a small bowl.

Chicken Soup (Optional)

  1. This chicken soup is entirely optional. Instead of cooking this, you may freeze the carcass/bones for making chicken stock next time.
  2. Bring everything except wolfberries to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Add wolfberries and simmer for a further 5 minutes before serving. Discard bones.

To Serve

  1. To assemble the dish, scoop a bowl of cooked chicken rice on plate. Place cooked chicken over the rice.
  2. Garnish the plate with sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, coriander and spring onions.
  3. Serve chicken rice with chilli sauce, ginger sauce, dark soy sauce and chicken soup.
Pages: 1 2

68 comments on “Steamed Chicken Rice”

  1. i love this site..nice pics and informative.

  2. Pingback: Chicken Rice: smells of home :) « Almost Always Hungry

  3. Wiffy, thanks for the great recipe.

    I had a whole chicken and was too lazy to do anything else. This came out fantastic. I didn’t have any spring onions – so I put in regular large onions instead. Still came out good. The stock was sooo yummy. I also searched for all the little pieces of garlic, squished them out and ate those.

    This is by far, the easiest yummiest chicken rice recipe I’ve ever made. Don’t think I’ll ever go back to the boiled Chicken version. Definitely, going to add this into my Chinese New Year list of things to make.

    Have a great weekend!!

  4. This is my first time cooking chicken rice for my family. And the result is two thumbs up from my mom and dad. The chicken rice itself is so yummy, I can take it on its own. My chicken is a bit dry though, perhaps I didn’t use whole chicken so it can’t seal in all the juice.

  5. Pingback: Chicken rice recipe.. yumm!! | anythingnwhatever

  6. Pingback: Steamed Chicken – Stuff G's Cooked

  7. Hi thanks for this recipe. I used 3 whole chicken legs and they turned out well. I would have steamed them for a full hour (vs 40mins) next time, but my kids love this anyway.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *