Hainanese Chicken

Hainanese Chicken

Singaporean Instant Pot Hainanese Chicken Rice (Chinese: 海南雞飯).
This one pot meal makes juicy chicken, fragrant rice and comforting soup. It;s budget friendly and leaves plently for leftovers for small families.
Reference: pressurecookrecipes.com
Prep Time15 minutes
45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese


  • Instant Pot
  • Tongs
  • Mesh strainer
  • Measuring cups
  • Wooden spoon
  • Mixing Bowl


Hainanese Chicken

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 stalks green onions cut 2 inches long
  • 1 shallot roughly minced
  • 5-6 cloves garlic roughly minced
  • 2 TBSP ginger sliced
  • 6 cup unsalted chicken stock or water
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 1 TBSP oil


  • 2 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 cup chicken stock from pot of chicken
  • 1 TBSP oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

Hainanese Chicken Soup

  • Remaining chicken stock
  • Lettuce or cabbage

Hainanese Chicken Ginger Sauce

  • 1 stalk green onion, chopped
  • 1 TBSP ginger, grated
  • 2 TBSP seasame oil
  • salt to taste


Hainanese Chicken

  • Heat up Instant Pot on Sauté mode until it indicated HOT.
  • Add oil and saute green onions, shallot, ginger, garlic for 2 minutes.
  • Add 6 cups of unsalted chicken stock or water and deglaze the bottom with a wooden spoon.
  • Add in 1 TBSP salt and mix well.
  • Add the chicken to the Instant Pot. Close lid and cook at High Pressure for 10 minutes + Full Natural Release (10 – 15 mins).
  • Firm up chicken skin: Open the lid and carefully remove the chicken with kitchen tongs. Plunge the chicken an ice bath or run under cold tap water. Place on a plate to firm up the chicken skin.
  • Strain the chicken stock to filter out the solid ingredients (save 2 cups of stock and solid ingredients for rice).

Hainanese Soup

  • Skim extra fat from soup.
  • Cook vegetables in stock.

Hainanese Rice

  • Heat up your Instant Pot on Sauté Mode.
  • Add 1 tbsp oil, then sauté 2 cloves of minced garlic.
  • Add 2 cups of prewashed jasmine rice, then immediately add 2 cup of chicken stock.
  • Add filtered solid ingredients to rice for extra flavor.
  • Close lid and cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes + Full Natural Release (10 mins).

Hainanese Chicken Ginger Sauce

  • Place the freshly grated ginger and green onions in a small bowl.
  • Pour in 2 tbsp HOT peanut oil.
  • Add salt to taste (½ tsp).
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