Hainan Chicken
Hainan Chicken
Preparation time:
30 minutes
Cooking time:
2 hours 10 minutes


  • 800g chicken tenderloins
  • Sliced cucumber and kecap manis, to serve
  • Sliced green spring onions, to garnish


  • 1kg pork bones
  • 1kg chicken bones or wings
  • 4cm piece fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1 bunch green spring onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 tbs shaoxing wine
  • 3 tbs light soy sauce
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 litres water


  • 3 tbs peanut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 400g jasmine rice, washed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 550ml broth (see above)


  • 6 green spring onions (lower half only), thinly sliced
  • 4cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 60ml peanut oil


  • 6 long red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Method
  2. Notes

  1. To make broth, place all ingredients in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil, skimming any impurities that rise to the surface. Simmer for about 1 ½ - 2 hours or until reduced by half.
  2. Cool slightly then strain through a colander lined with muslin. Discard solids.
  3. To cook rice, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook garlic and ginger until soft. Add rice and salt. Stir to coat. Stir in broth. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for about for 15 minutes or until the broth has been absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to stand for 5 minutes without lifting the lid. Fluff grains with a fork.
  5. To make ginger and spring onion sauce, combine onions, ginger and salt in a small bowl. Heat oil in a small saucepan until smoking. Pour over onion mixture (be careful as it will spit). Stir to combine.
  6. To make chilli garlic sauce, process all ingredients until smooth.
  7. To cook chicken, bring remaining broth to a boil. Add chicken and remove pan from heat. Stand, covered, for about 5-8 minutes or until chicken is cooked (if it requires further cooking, simply return to the heat for a few minutes). Remove poached chicken and drain on absorbent paper. Arrange on serving plates.
  8. Serve chicken and rice with sauces, cucumber and kecap manis. Garnish with spring onions.

Kecap manis is a sweet thick Indonesian soy sauce.

This recipe has been tested.