Easy Hainanese Chicken Rice (Kao Mun Gai) ข้าวมันไก่สูตรง่าย | Thai Recipes

Sawaddee ka! Welcome to Hot Thai Kitchen! so today I’m gonna show you an easier Hainanese chicken rice so I
already have a video for like the traditional method of making Hainanese
chicken rice but that one’s a bit of a project you gotta get a whole chicken
and poach a whole chicken and you know it’s it’s it’s not a weeknight friendly
dinner let’s put it that way so this method that I want to show you turns it
into something you can do on a Wednesday night
so Hainanese chicken rice for those of you who don’t know what that is
it’s poached chicken served with rice that is cooked in chicken fat and
chicken stock it’s like the chickeny-est rice ever and it’s got a delicious
dipping sauce it’s so good and not sure if you knew this but I am actually half
Hainanese yes my grandmother my mom’s side of the family is from the island of
Hainan and my grandmother’s been making this dish for as long as I
remember she still does make it every year when I go home so I am particularly
fond of this dish all right let’s get started let’s talk chicken so instead of
doing a whole chicken you can start with chicken parts already easier right so
I’ve got some bone-in skin-on chicken here both thighs and breasts and the
skin on part is really important but not only is it part of the character of the
dish you’re gonna need the skin for the chicken fat okay because the chicken fat
is part of the rice so you need the fat from somewhere when you buy bone-in
skin-on chicken thigh you can usually trim off some skin and fat from the side
that’s what you want to do and save that for your rice the same thing for when
you buy bone-in skin-on chicken breasts and it usually comes in a whole pair you
can find a flap in the front where there is quite a bit of fat and then you can
go around the side and just find some fat from wherever you can find it and
take off as much as you can so what I have are three pieces of thigh and then
these two are actually one ginormous breast that I’ve cut in half because
chicken and Canada have ginormous breasts so if your chicken breasts are
smaller you may just do two small ones instead okay so with these I’m simply
going to season them with salt and then I’m just gonna rub that in get it both
on the skin and on the bottom if you’re feeling ambitious you can add some
grated ginger to it as well if you want to jazz it up a little bit so we’ll just
let that sit while you prep other things you don’t need to do this in advanced or
anything like that so the only thing that this recipe requires that you have
is some sort of chicken stock which you should always have sitting in your
freezer anyway right so homemade is definitely better and recommended so
that you can use the kind of aromatics that that work well with Asian food
right if you get store bought a lot of times they’ll put like on a rosemary or
just some other herbs and spices that just doesn’t work as well flavor wise
but yes you can definitely do store-bought if you’re you know really
want to make it quick and by the way when you do make your own chicken stock
scheme off the fat and save it because you can use that for your rice as well
so if you’ve got enough of chicken fat from your stock you may not need to trim
off anything from your chicken at all so there’s another bonus of making your own
stock so in my wok here I’m going to add my chicken fat trimmings and this wok
does have a little bit of oil in it from what I was using it previously and I
also find a little bit of oil just helps lubricate everything, make it easier
for the chicken to render yeah definitely keep the heat low if the heat
is too high your chicken pieces will burn before it has a chance to render
out the fat and you want to end up with about two tablespoons roughly of chicken
fat if you don’t have enough not a big deal you can supplement it with
vegetable oil but you definitely want some real chicken side in there for
flavor okay so now that my chicken is nice and golden and crispy and yes you
can snack on those chicken bits or sprinkle it on your rice at the end I’m
just gonna take these out and look how much fat came out of that that’s just
about how much you need you know what I might just add a little
bit more of my stock fat here it’s a little bit of leftover stock in that fat
that wonderful chicken fat’s gonna get even more wonderful with the addition of
garlic and ginger I just love the smell when my grandmother makes this dish at
home and I start smelling the combination of chicken fat and garlic
and ginger I just know there’s Hainanese chicken rice in the horizons mmm that’s
smelling really good I’m gonna push it a little bit further my rice is ready so
this is jasmine rice that I’ve rinsed until the water runs clear and you want
to make sure you do that for this recipe because otherwise the rice kind of gets
gummy and gooey and then in that goes I’m a seasoned miss rice with some salt
and I’m gonna saute that until the rice is hot throughout sauteing the rice also
helps or seal off the start just around the rice and and I just find that it it
keeps the rice grains more separate and I’ve turned the heat up to toast the
rice a little and that is it whoo so at this point you can pour this into your
rice cooker and key and then finish it off in your rice cooker I don’t have a
rice cooker that’s big enough so I’m just going to transfer it oh my god this
is heavy just gonna transfer it into this pot here which I’m gonna use to
finish everything off in and could I have sauteed everything in this pot and
make it a one pot meal yes you absolutely can the only thing I found
with that is for whatever reason if I do the garlic and the rice in here at the
end I will get more rice back to the bottom then if I were to transfer it
here I can’t explain it but it just seems to be what happens so if you don’t
care about the rice talk to the bottom or if you actually like that rice that
stuck to the bottom you can definitely do a one pot meal right
so now my chicken stock goes in give that bit of a stir this amount of stock
is actually a little less than what you would normally use for cooking the rice
but that’s because we’re gonna put the chicken right on top of the rice and let
everything cook together and the chicken will release some liquid so you have to
account for that so basically the inspiration for this method comes from
my chicken Brioni recipe which if you haven’t seen you should check out where
the chicken and the rice cooks together in one pot and I thought oh I can do
that for this recipe the heat back on and I’m just gonna crank it on high and
watch it until I start seeing bubbles coming up I see the stock starting to
stir with a little bit of movement that means it is hot in there and the reason
why I wait for that cue is so that my timing works because I know that one’s
the stock is hot simmering starting to go I put the lid on I turned the heat to
low and that will take 25 minutes there you go easy peasy
so let’s make the dipping sauce while our chicken is cooking so in the spirit
of making this easier I’ve modified my original dipping sauce recipe to use
sort of easier to find ingredients because in the original one there are a
couple of things on there that a lot of people won’t be about a fight so
hopefully this will make it easier and trust me it still tastes just as good
I’m gonna add some garlic ginger and chilies Thai chilies I’m gonna pound
that down into a paste a rough paste just like that a little bit of a rough
paste no big chunks that’s what you are looking for I’m gonna add some sugar so
originally in the recipe it calls for tao jiew which is a Thai fermented soy
bean paste this is a little hard to find so what is a great substitute that is
way easier to find I think is this Korean fermented soybean paste or “doenjang”
I think is what it’s called in Korean I find that this
is much more available and the flavor is very close to taojiew. Miso would work as
well but I find that you know when you buy miso, first of all there are so many
different varieties that the flavors vary quite a bit and also miso comes in
a much bigger container so if you’re gonna buy something and use only a little bit
I find this to be a much more sensible thing to buy and then so we’re gonna use
a couple tablespoons of that and because the Korean soybean paste is a lot
thicker I’m gonna just thin it out with some water give that a stir and then I’m
gonna add some dark soy sauce so I’m using just regular old Chinese dark soy
sauce in the original recipe I called for a Thai black soy sauce which is
harder to find so this will be a great substitute and some regular soy sauce a
touch of vinegar for something to balance out all that salty sweet stuff
right before serving I’m gonna stir in some cilantro but as far as the dipping
sauce itself it is done and you can make this far in advance keep it in the
fridge it lasts forever cuz it’s just all really salty stuff in here. tada
look at that chickens cooked rice is cooked in one fell swoop now I’m gonna
do breast, so if you’ve been following the show you know that I generally go
for thighs. This dish is the one exception where I actually like both
pretty equally I don’t know what it is about Kao Mun Gai but I have no
problem eating chicken breasts out of it and I just want to show you the rice
real quick you might look at this and go oh my god the rice is mushy do not worry
it’s just that top layer that the chicken was sitting on if you fluff the
rice everything else is perfectly fine so you just stir it and it
looks like nothing happened right there we go beautiful and the secret with
plating Hainanese chicken rice everything so white so if you can go
with like a darker more colorful plate it’ll just be a more
beautiful presentation in the end and now the chicken you want to do slices
and I mentioned this in my Instagram post but in Thailand you will never get
this much chicken on a plate of common guy we give you literally 1/3 of a
chicken and then they whack it down so that it looks bigger than it actually is
and they put it on your rice but there’s always more rice than there is chicken
so when you’re at home you can put as much as you want yeah look at that
obviously we’re gonna finish up our dipping sauce by stirring in some
cilantro it’s optional you can do green onions you don’t have to do any greens
at all a few pieces of cucumber to also help cut the grease a little bit and
also in Thailand you find that typically common guy is served with a bowl of
broth and it’s just chicken broth so it’s the same chicken broth that we use
to cook the rice if you have a little extra just add some simple salt pepper
maybe you want to do soy sauce and pepper a little bit of cilantro and that
will help sort on the rice because this is such a dry dish right so it always
comes with a little bit of broth if you don’t have any extra stock don’t worry
about it all right time to eat yeah there we go
the moment I’ve been waiting for all day I want to get a piece with skin what am
i doing there is not enough sauce in that spoon I’m gonna put more sauce yes that smell there’s no other dish that
smells quite like that it is perfect perfect
you would not know this was the easier method at all wash it out all down with
a little bra or a little beer you didn’t have frog that it just magically works
out that the rice is cooked and the chicken is cooked at the same time of
the chicken breast is not overcooked it’s still tender it’s too juicy it’s
also cooking it very slow and low so if moist environment so this is why I
don’t really mind eating the chicken breast with this dish because it’s
always nice juicy the rice is perfectly seasoned that sauce is so flavorful it
would be good on anything you like throw that on let her know pork chops or
something uh and so easy if you have the stock you can put that together in
definitely a weeknight the chicken the rice cooks together in 25 minutes Wow
and for our Patreon members for the bonus show after the show I’m gonna talk
you through some other variations of Hainanese chicken rice at youth that we
have hidden Thailand something that you can try at home you want to know more
about becoming a patreon member I’ll put the link in the description below I hope
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time for your next delish this tiny little chickens cooked rice is cooked
all in the one swell swoop one what’s the thing once well swoop swell foop one
swell fell swoop one fell swoop okay I like tofu better

100 comments on “Easy Hainanese Chicken Rice (Kao Mun Gai) ข้าวมันไก่สูตรง่าย | Thai Recipes”

  1. Moses A. Josephs says:

    I love Hainanese Chicken rice, too….sprinkles of sesame oil will even enhance the flavor and fragrance of the dish

  2. Sara Alb says:

    Looks yummy with kimchi on the side too 😍🙃

  3. Asian Dessert says:


  4. Sidney Mathious says:

    That is a nice looking dish and I may have eaten some of that at some of the parties I went to while in Thailand. I enjoyed the food they served at this one club where staff and customers of all the clubs in the area held their after hours gatherings.

  5. Feltr0n Flux says:

    Hi pailin, how do i ask them if i want more chicken slices? And btw, is that miniso's spoon and fork? Hehe

  6. Patrick Dropdead says:

    Your recipe looks so good and easy. I have some schmaltz already, hopefully it will turn out just as tasty.

  7. kubert2 says:

    if i use the rice cooker, do i add chicken in the rice cooker with the rice too?

  8. Sandeep Sharma says:

    This looks so simple yet delicious!! Btw so Thai people also make biryani?

  9. Mkilill Liililll says:

    Looks yummy and awesome video!!! ❤❤❤

  10. kurzhaarguy says:

    That's a very happy Pai-face (pun intended)! Have to try this.

  11. Wanitcha S. says:

    I’m a rice eater! When I eat khao man kai, I always finished rice before chicken! Kind the opposite from other ones

  12. John Doe says:

    Hainan is an island?? 😮😮😮😮😮

  13. Pathgurl J says:

    Sawasdee kaaaa! Thanks for sharing! The dipping sauce is the best!

  14. Anton Zigando says:

    i think before you put the chicken in you should sear them skin side down! it would add flavour… just a thought!

  15. ltkman says:

    My wife favorite.. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes

  16. Stephan Duby says:

    Giiiiiiirl … when you turn sideways, it looks like you done had enough Chicken fat rice already!! 😀 😀 😀

    Just kidding … congrats on the baby bump and thx 4 the recipe 😉

  17. Bunny Tang says:

    Thanks alot for sharing. I am also half hainanese! Was brought up by my maternal grandparents who are from Hainan. One thing I missed the most was my late grandmother's chicken rice n was a pity noone learned her recipe before she passed on ): I will try to cook this for my family.

  18. Uncle Jett California says:

    We love your channel…but when will you stop using your "quote unquote" sign with your hands!

  19. Natalie says:

    this looks totally instant pottable!!

  20. Chuck Chugumlung says:

    This is genius! So much easier than boiling the chicken first and then making the rice second.

  21. coralinealgae says:

    Step 1: Render chicken fat (◠ヮ◠)/ ♡

  22. Raya Chan says:

    Pai, r u pregnant? Forgive me if I'm wrong 😊 thank u for sharing this recipe 👌👍

  23. juan def says:

    One dish i could eat almost each day.. love the cucumber and spring onions

  24. S Brownson says:

    Just made this for dinner. Adapted it to the instant pot. Must have slapped myself 3times during the meal. Absolutely delicious.

  25. 001ash says:

    Omg you made chicken Biryani too? Impressed ☺️

  26. Dan Ray says:

    Looks great! Delicious comfort food!

  27. ปลากะพงนึ่งมะนาว IDK!! says:


  28. cherryblossom1228 says:

    Can't wait to try it!! I'm wondering if it would work in the instant pot too!

  29. Nynx Gu says:

    My mom usually prepared this dish with warming the seasoned chicken part in the microwave, after the chicken was cooked, she poured the fat that came out of the chicken in the a cup of cooked rice and stirred well then it became an easy Khao Mun Kai for kids on the day we asked for something more special than the regular thai food. This is also an easy way and yummy way to cook it too. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Intan payung says:

    I always put pandan leaves in my chicken rice recipe ….a lot of it😂😂😂😂

  31. Wunlee Buxton says:

    The good thing of getting the cutlets with bones inside of them is that you can debone and use the bones to make a yummy stock :D!

  32. MACBACSIAO says:

    The original recipe you did, you were not as comfortable in front of the camera as you are now! It's cool to see the development.

  33. Zeflute Gothystie says:

    So you have 1/4 Chinese lineage?I always wondered.

  34. Phoenix Legion says:

    Looks delicious

  35. Michael Blesch says:

    Made it tonight. Tastes so good my wife is gonna marry me again.

  36. Suong Doan says:

    I tried this today! The sauce is amazing! Will definitely be making again 😀

  37. Moses You says:

    Is there a way you can do this on the instant pot?

  38. 真菜食料Cook with Amy says:

    I gotta try this! I need to learn more Thai dishes! You are the best!

  39. Mats Hellesvik Jørgensen says:

    THIS! Was so delicious. Thanks!

  40. daisuke910 says:

    I think the rice stuck to the bottom when you perform the one-pot rice cook due to of the residual high heat from previous fat rendering and saute-ing. Rice should be cook in low heat to allow it to uniform cooking throughout by heat convection and steam 😉 #sciencegeek lol

  41. Karen Frost says:

    Congratulations Pailin!

  42. L Xiong says:

    I see a baby bump

  43. Joe C. says:

    I'm going to try this tonight! Cross my fingers. Hopefully I can find all the ingredients. It was supposed to be a baked chicken tonight. But……!

  44. Stanley Alvarez says:

    Hi Pailin. I’m so glad I cam across your channel tonight. I’ve already watch 10 of your videos tonight. Love your cooking and cooking techniques. And you’re so charismatic. Great effn channel!

  45. Tjjuntim says:

    U put that much ginger chunks into the rice?

  46. Vanna Num says:

    Ahhh love i can see you belly peeking 🙂 so cute! Love the video thanks !

  47. Thyea Phelps says:

    I like your wok. Where did you get that?

  48. Paige Xiong says:


  49. Daisy Doggo says:

    This is so mouthwatering. 🤤

  50. Tobias Clarius says:

    You are definitely one of the best teachers I just can imagine. Respect!

  51. Yang Lu says:

    Wow, your making me hungry once again. Please let me know your secret to such great meal.

  52. Sexycristy saetern says:

    where did u get that gold bowl

  53. Hsusgt 22 says:

    I love it, family faves 😱

  54. peterstang says:

    I enjoy very much to see you savour the chicken rice. It must be very good.  Thank you for the demo.

  55. Nandan Bhoopalam says:

    The subtitles are so funny at certain, places!

  56. YummYakitori says:

    There’s also Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore & Malaysia but we use different sauces on the chicken rice. Instead of a bean paste sauce, we eat it with a garlicky chilli sauce with some dark soy sauce. I’m Teochew and afaik many Thai Chinese (more than half of the Thai Chinese population) are also Teochew, Hainanese is not a very common dialect here in Singapore either but their cuisine has had a great influence on our culture all the same 🙂

  57. siriporn sumwanan says:

    ทำตามแล้วอร่อยมากค่ะ. ถ้าทำแช่แข็งไว้ทานได้ไหมค่ะ. มีเทคนิคการแก๊บแช่ อุ่นอย่างไรบ้างคะ

  58. Marco di Donato says:

    You should try cooking Filipino arrozcaldo since you love the smell of chicken and ginger.

  59. Michael says:

    Tried this finally and o my God… I really understood now why you love this dish so much. Such a really nice comforting goodness.. Thanks!

  60. Khanh Phan says:

    Hi pailin def. Gonna try this out tom🤗

  61. KaNoNe 033 NL Z says:

    just back from food heaven Thailand. Nothing beats thai food culture and you are a great teacher in every way.. kap koen kap 🙏

  62. Premium Prem says:

    Mouth watering !!! 😋😋 น่าทานมากเลย เดี๋ยวต้องจัดบ้างแล้วค่ะ คิดถึง ข้าวมันไก่🐔🐔

  63. snooks_2014 says:

    I made this recipe and it turned out amazing. I put a stainless steel steamer basket over the rice and put the chicken in it. It worked out perfect where you don’t get the mushy rice issue.

  64. Terry JP says:

    Your very likeable person and you do a wonderful job. this dish will be my first attempt. I just ordered a Mortar and Pestle, very excited to mash up some peppers.

  65. Billy Xayasomroth says:

    Are your relatives from Hainan from Hlai ethnicity? Hlai speak an ancient Tai Kadai language. That’ll be cool if you are

  66. David Mach says:

    Just discovered your channel. I am now a fan. Very fun and enjoyable to watch you be so happy cooking. Unpretentious and down to earth.

  67. Jason Auw says:

    I’m save this recipe later, I tried another chicken rice recipe from another youtube last week and I just gained 20lbs 🙁

  68. AlphGen says:

    Made this one for lunches this week, very delicious. Just enough different from what i remember from living in Singapore with more punch in the sauce 🙂

  69. Ben Lin says:

    This recipe is awesome! Wonder if the sauce needs some extra ginger zest? I remember tasting ginger when I had Hainanese chicken awhile ago.

  70. Travis Cottrell says:

    I love Thai food for sure, but I love watching Pailin even more!

  71. Wadud Khan says:

    2:10 "because chicken in Canada have ginormous breasts"
    Sheesh explains why my girlfriend is so scared of everything 😒

  72. chifonchic says:

    I doubled the recipe 😋thumbs up 👍🏻 … better than SG chicken rice

  73. Samuella Navoa says:

    Had the chance to try that chicken rice at chatuchak! Its yummy, I am craving for it since yesterday. ☹️ I’m from Philippines 🇵🇭

  74. Paul Smith says:

    7:41 I would have put in some coriander root and some holy basil and then let it steam but that would be my Twist .lol

  75. andrewaway says:

    This looks fantastic. Thank you.

  76. mspussthecat says:

    Delicious, easy and well explained. BTW, Pailin, is that a pregnancy glow you have going on? You're beaming!

  77. Thuy Linh Duong says:

    Can I not put ginger in the rice? I really dont like the taste of ginger. For infusion purpose is ok, not tasting. I often had this in Singapore and I don't remember they put garlic or ginger in rice.

  78. Herb says:

    I just cooked a Filipino dish that's somewhat similar, called arroz caldo ("rice broth")! I'm lazy and cheap so I skipped some of the more characteristic ingredients (safflower and green onions), but if yours turned out more porridge-like and you added fish sauce and onions with the ginger and garlic, it's loosely the same!

    I love learning about similarities between Asian dishes.

  79. Zeus Satrid says:

    where does the broth at the end come from? u used all the liquid cooking the rice and chicken

  80. Kyle Hunt says:

    dope recipe ! gotta try this

  81. Daren Arakawa says:

    My favorite Thai dish to eat when I go to Thailand!! I eat it everyday when I'm there because my Thai wife only makes it here once in awhile lol Thank you Pai for the fantastic videos 😊

  82. - Justarandomintrovert - says:

    Kao mun gai is my favourite dish when I go to Thailand. In my favourite restaurant they serve it with fried chicken as well and it provides a whole different texture! SO GOOD 🤤.

  83. Minh Nguyen says:

    Thank you this chicken dish simple enough to try! 😊

  84. abmong says:

    Which dipping sauce is more authentic, the Thai one or the Singaporean ginger scallion oil? I’m Thai but I actually prefer the Singaporean version…

  85. Minako Fujiki says:

    I love kaw moo deang. Could you share how to make the red sauce?

  86. XMasie Thomas says:

    hi there mrs. pailin would dou ban jiang red /black work with the sauce as well?

  87. Squirrelwolf says:

    I tried the one-pot method and the rice didn't stick to the bottom. Unfortunately, the chicken was undercooked, probably because I used a leg+thigh cut which is the only one available where I live. Just a warning if someone else is thinking of modifying the recipe!

  88. Tristan Agapay says:

    definitely making this! Thanks Pai!!!

  89. Kenneth Dawson says:

    Thank you..and you are most beautiful 💐

  90. Elaine Hendrix says:

    I've made the traditional recipe before. Will have to try this version!
    The recipe that I learned also had a dipping sauce where hot oil was poured over ginger and chopped green onions. Is that also served in Thailand, or is that more Chinese?

  91. Jack Hudler says:

    Chinese Risotto.

  92. Pailin's Kitchen says:

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    Thank you for watching!

  93. Cathy Cameron says:

    I'm with you. I'd rather have chicken thighs any day than chicken breast. But I'm willing to try it in this dish! Hope it tastes as good as the thighs-I think I'll do half and half to see. Thanks for another great recipe!

  94. Abraham Gavarrete says:

    She said yeahhhh when she put on the sauce ☺️

  95. Alma Buenafe says:

    now i'm hungry.. 😕😄

  96. Fidelity Quester says:

    One would have to add a ton of MSG to make it like authentic Thai street food. Because if a little is good, a lot is better.

  97. La Vav Ni says:

    Sawadee kha! I'm so glad I found your channel!! you can't imagine how happy I am, I lived in Thailand for a few months and I was the happiest girl in the world there. I really miss this beautiful country so much. Anyway, thank you for sharing your recipe now I can try to cook them and enjoy again these delicious flavorings!

  98. D J Archer says:

    Paullin, you are so beautiful and I love ur recipes !!!!!!

  99. Thu Le says:

    I made this (not exact to the measurement because I’m lazy) and it was so easy and delicious!!! I skipped the ginger in the rice because I’m not fond of it but it worked just as great ❤️

  100. SU says:

    I always prefer Khao Mun Kai with crispy fried chicken than this steamed chicken.
    Pls do the show for my fav one 🤤

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