Chicken rice has always been one of my favourite food - and after moving away from Singapore, it's only natural that I crave for the oily and fragrant rice topped with silky and juicy chicken meat! But as there's only X and me, it's a little ridiculous to cook up one whole chicken as we won't be able to finish it in one sitting.
I then remembered my mom tried cooking chicken rice in a rice cooker before - her rice cooker had a steamer insert, so she placed the seasoned rice in the rice cooker, add in the steamer insert, place the chicken in the steamer and cooked as per normal, so even though my rice cooker is very basic with no additional gadgets, I decided to give this method a go.
My mom used small, chopped up chicken pieces, but I decided to use chicken drumsticks as it's easier to portion and eat, and it's an extremely juicy and moist part. After exfoliating the chicken with salt, I remembered my mom, in another recipe, rubbed salt on chicken pieces and set aside for a while before steaming them. This made the chicken moist, tender and flavourful. So I decided to do the same, but I rinsed off the salt before adding the chicken drumsticks into the rice as I didn't want to over salt the rice. The rice uses the same seasoning as my chicken rice recipe, except onion is added this time round.
My rice cooker is extremely basic with only "cook" and "keep warm" functions and have no other funny gadgets, so I simply pushed down the chicken drumsticks into the rice. To make sure that the chicken is cooked thoroughly, after the rice cooker switched to the "keep warm" mode, I left it for 15 minutes before turning off the power and left it for another 15 minutes before serving, which was sufficient to cook the chicken.
And I'm sure you all are eager to find out - what's the verdict? Well, if it's not delicious, it wouldn't have a place on the blog right? (;
The chicken is tender, moist and juicy with a slight hint of saltiness. The skin, after being exfoliated vigorously, is smooth and gelatinous. The chicken fats melted into the rice mixture, and with the onion, garlic, ginger and other condiments, make the rice sweet, flavourful and with just the right amount of oiliness. The onion is a new addition and I think it made a huge difference in the taste so I've edited the original chicken rice recipe too. I cannot believe that I managed to succeed in one try and the only regret is that I don't have a soup and the chili to go with it!
I had to make double portion as the minimum amount of rice required by my rice cooker is two rice cooker cups (we usually eat only 1 rice cooker cup of rice). I refrigerated the leftovers, then steamed it up for next day's dinner. The rice still tasted good but the chicken dried out a little, but I'm not complaining! I'm hoping to try making this on the frying pan in the near future for those who don't have a rice cooker - and that will be another recipe! (;
|1) Rub the chicken skin with plenty of coarse salt. Rinse, rub in fine sea salt and let stand for 30 minutes to marinate. Rinse off the salt and drain. I used 5 drumsticks as I had extra, but 4 is sufficient for 4 people.||2) Blend onion, garlic and ginger together. Heat oil in a frying pan and add in the blended ingredients. Stir-fry until the mixture is fragrant.|
|3) Add in the rice and stir to coat the rice with the mixture.||4) Transfer the rice into a rice cooker pot. Add in chicken or vegetable stock until the stipulated line. Add in the seasoning.|
|5) Place the chicken, skin side down, on top of the rice, pressing it down slightly (don't have to fully submerge the chicken). Cook as you would cook normal white rice.|
One-Pot: Rice Cooker Hainanese Chicken Rice
- Rice Cooker
- 4 pieces chicken drumsticks, see Note 1
- Coarse salt
- 1¼ teaspoons fine sea salt
- ½ red onion, peeled
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- ½ thumb ginger, peeled
- 4 tablespoons oil
- 2 cups rice, see Note 2
- 2 scant cups stock, see Note 3
- ½ tablespoon light soy sauce
- ½ tablespoon sesame oil
- Chopped coriander and sliced cucumber, to serve
- Rub the chicken drumsticks generously and thoroughly with coarse salt to exfoliate the skin. Rinse off the coarse salt and drain the chicken. Rub in 1 teaspoon fine sea salt and set aside for 30 minutes. Rinse the chicken, drain well and set aside.
- Blend onion, garlic and ginger together into a paste with a food processor. Alternatively, grate the garlic and ginger and mince the onion finely with a knife.
- Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add in onion mixture and stir-fry for a few minutes until fragrant. Add in rice and stir-fry for a minute until the rice grains are coated in oil.
- Transfer the rice to a rice cooker. Add in enough stock to cook the rice (follow the instructions of your rice cooker), light soy sauce, sesame oil and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Add in the chicken drumsticks in one layer, skin side down. Press it down slightly into the rice (they don't have to be submerged completely). Cook the rice as per normal.
- After the rice cooker has "jumped" and switched to "keep warm" mode, keep warm for 15 minutes, then turn the power off and let stand for another 15 minutes. Stir to mix the rice, then spoon into a serving plate with the chicken drumsticks. Garnish with coriander and serve with cucumber.
- Boneless chicken thighs can be used in place of the chicken drumsticks.
- I used the rice cooker cup to measure the rice. The rice cooker cup measures 180ml.
- You can use chicken or vegetable stock; homemade, canned or stock cubes. If your stock is already salted, omit the ¼ teaspoon salt for the rice.
- You can also add two blades of pandan leaves (rinsed, dry and tied into a knot) for extra flavour and fragrance.
- Do switch off the rice cooker after it had keep warmed for 15 minutes as the onion may burn at the bottom.