One-step One Pot, Less than 5 ingredients, and you've got some pretty authentic tasting Hainanese Chicken Rice from your pressure cooker.
This recipe for Hainanese Chicken Rice is all kinds of wrong, but if it's wrong, I don't want to be right because it's very tasty. I took all kinds of shortcuts to approximate a proper Hainanese Chicken Rice.
I just want to say, I do too know how to make this dish properly I just don't want to spend hours making it. I wanted it for dinner and if you want proper Hainanese chicken for dinner you better start early.
So traditionally, you'd boil the chicken separately, and you'd use mainly chicken breast. Once it was boiled, you'd put it in cold water to get a particularly smooth texture. You'd make the rice with rendered chicken fat, and you'd make a killer sauce to go with it on the side. Everything would be made from scratch.
So, of course, I cooked the chicken and the rice in one pot and I used a mix that contains ginger and fat. No really, I use a mix for this. You guys know I never use pre-made mixes, but I do use this Asian Gourmet Hainanese Chicken Rice Mix because it is AWESOME and effortless.
This is a super family-friendly dish that's hard to get wrong if you make it my "lazy person" way.
What Is Hainanese Chicken Rice?
Hainanese chicken rice is a rice and chicken dish that is very popular in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. It is called Khao Man Gai in Thailand. It is based on Wenchang Chicken, a popular Chinese dish that has been adopted in various regions of Asia. Chicken breast is poached and immediately soaked in cold water after it is done. This process creates a tender but dense chicken breast that has just the right amount of giving, without being mushy.
The rice is fragranced with ginger, and the dish is usually served with cucumbers and a fiery hot sauce. Typically this sauce has minced red chilis, ginger, soy sauce, and garlic. The bright red of the sauce is a great complement to the white chicken. The rice is also cooked in rendered chicken fat, and each bite of the rice comes with the aroma of ginger and a taste of chicken that's hard to beat.
I ate so much of this in Singapore, that I started to crave it when I got home. I now use a shortcut by cooking the rice and the chicken at the same time, but you could certainly poach the chicken breast on low heat and cook the rice separately.
The steps for this Instant Pot One Step Hainanese Chicken Rice are:
- Put rice and water in the Instant Pot
- Add cut up chicken
- Pour in the paste
- Cook at high pressure for 6 minutes, 10 Mins NPR
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- I don't even know why I'm bothering to write a proper recipe for this because basically you put everything in your Instant pot or pressure cooker.
- Set your cooker on high pressure for 6 minutes, and allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then release all remaining pressure.