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My favorite food of all time! Don't be fooled by the simple ingredients. The secret is in the broth: this is the most amazing, flavorsome Chinese chicken rice dish you've ever tried. Garnish with sliced cucumber, sprigs of spring onions, and cilantro.


Recipe Summary

1 hr 32 mins
5 mins
2 hrs 17 mins
40 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Chicken:
For the Soy Sauce:
For the Rice:
For the Garlic Chile Dip:
Ginger Dip:


Instructions Checklist
  • Trim chicken of all excess fat, reserving fat.

  • Place chicken, spring onion, 3 cloves crushed garlic, and one 1-inch piece ginger in a large pot. Pour in enough water to cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, skimming any scum off the surface, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 1 hour.

  • Remove chicken from the pot, reserving broth. Rub chicken with salt. Chop into pieces and arrange on a serving plate.

  • Combine soy sauce, 3 tablespoons reserved chicken broth, 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar, garlic oil, and sesame oil in a small bowl. Drizzle over chicken pieces.

  • Melt reserved chicken fat in a large pot over medium heat. Add rice, 3 cloves minced garlic, crushed 1-inch piece ginger, and salt; cook and stir until rice is glossy and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Pour enough reserved chicken broth into the pot to cover rice by half an inch. Cover; bring to a boil. Cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes. Let rice sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

  • Combine red chile peppers, juice of 2 limes, 2 tablespoons reserved chicken broth, 3 cloves garlic, one 1/2-inch piece ginger, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 pinch sugar in a blender; blend until garlic chile dip is smooth.

  • Combine juice of 2 limes, 2 tablespoons reserved chicken broth, 3 cloves garlic, one 1-inch piece ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a blender; blend until ginger dip is smooth.

  • Serve garlic chile and ginger dips alongside chicken and rice.

Cook's Notes:

You can also prepare the rice in a rice cooker in step 6.

The tangy garlic and ginger dips are traditionally part of the package, but you can omit them if you like.

Nutrition Facts

1047 calories; protein 60.2g; carbohydrates 129.3g; fat 29.9g; cholesterol 149.4mg; sodium 1125.8mg. Full Nutrition