Hainanese Fried Chicken

July 12, 2018

When Singapore became a popular tourist destination, folks who’d been to Sing-a-po-lah came home raving about the ubiquitous Hainanese Chicken Rice. The idea to cook rice in chicken broth must have been particularly attractive for Pinoys who love to rice-all-you-can. But there’s nothing visually appealing or appetizing about boiled, colorless chicken.

Here’s a simple remedy: throw it into a vat of hot oil, and give that pale bird a nice tan. This technique also allows you to enjoy the crispy chicken skin you would have otherwise thrown away because it looks disgusting when boiled. Dip in zesty ginger and scallion sauce to retain the original Singaporean flavor.

Hainanese Fried Chicken with Ginger Scallion Sauce

Total Time: 45 minutes / Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients for the Hainanese Fried Chicken

  • 1 kg chicken pieces
  • 2 tsps iodized salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 egg
  • All purpose flour, for dredging
  • Oil, for deep frying

Ingredients for the Hainanese Rice

  • Singlong’s Hainanese Chicken Rice Mix (available in Unimart and Cash & Carry)

Ingredients for the Ginger Scallion Sauce

  • Ginger
  • Scallions
  • Oil

Procedure for the Hainanese Fried Chicken

  1. Marinate chicken in salt, pepper and ginger for 1 hour.
  2. Mix in egg.
  3. Heat oil in medium flame.
  4. Coat each chicken with flour, and fry in batches for 10-12 minutes or until cooked.
  5. Drain in paper towels.
  6. Serve with scallion sauce and Hainanese rice.

Procedure for the Hainanese Rice

  1. Cook as directed on package.
  2. Set aside.

Procedure for the Ginger-Scallion Sauce

  1. Squeeze out juice from the grated ginger.
  2. In a bowl, mix together ginger, scallion and salt.
  3. Heat oil until hot.
  4. Pour over oil onto ginger-scallion mixture.
  5. Mix and let it cool.
Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of Pepper.ph and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, Preen.ph. She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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5 responses to “Hainanese Fried Chicken”

  1. […] with chicken broth. This is not your classic fried chicken but is worth trying because divine. Pepper Ph shares this a-mazing Hainanese Fried Chicken recipe and I cannot wait to get my hands on the […]

  2. […] because it saves you a lot of time without skimping out on the flavor. But if you want to make some Hainanese Fried Chicken, which can take up a bit more time, that works […]

  3. Pilar says:

    Looks delish! Can’t wait to try it out!

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