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Hainanese Chicken In Salt Crust
海南雞飯

A special cooking technique for a tender, juicy and tasty chicken

Discover my recipe for the Hainan chicken 海南雞飯, in my personal version, I cook it in crust of salt. Hainan 海南 is a southern China island, 雞 (jī) means chicken and 飯 (fàn) rice. This chicken and rice dish is also very popular in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

In the traditional version of the recipe the chicken is boiled, then the broth is used to cook the rice. The chicken and rice are served with one or several sauces: ginger, hot chili, fermented mung beans.

I chose to adapt the recipe using the salt crust, but it still meets the tradition: I get a very tender and juicy chicken with all flavors preserved. Try it, and discover that despite all the coarse salt used, the chicken is not too salty. I cook the rice in a broth that I prepare separately. Before cooking the rice, I fry it for one minute with ginger, garlic and shallot.
Bon appétit.

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Ingredients for 4/5 people

  • 1 chicken (about 1.5kg)
  • 500g Thai fragrant rice
  • 800ml chicken broth
  • 150g ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 8 Thai chives
  • 3kg coarse salt
  • 500g flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Hainanese Chicken In Salt Crust
     
  • Hainanese Chicken In Salt Crust Ingredients
    Hainanese Chicken In Salt Crust Ingredients
  • The crust of salt out of the oven
    The crust of salt out of the oven
  • The crust of salt has been broken
    The crust of salt has been broken
  • The chicken out of the salt crust
    The chicken out of the salt crust
  • Hainanese Chicken
    Hainanese Chicken
  • Hainanese Rice
    Hainanese Rice
  • Sauce for the Hainanese Rice and Chicken
    Sauce for the Hainanese Rice and Chicken



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