Ingredients

  • Serves 2 people
  • 2 whole chicken thighs (deboned and chopped)

  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms (soaked in hot water until softened, drained and sliced)

  • 1 shallot (sliced)

  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)

  • 1 cm ginger (chopped)

  • 1/4 cup dried shrimp (soaked in hot water until softened, drained)

  • 2 cups rice (soaked in water for 30 minutes, drained)

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce

  • 2 1/2 cup water

  • 1 spring onion (sliced)

Recipe Courtesy of Asian Food Network

Claypot Chicken Rice

Fragrant rice perfectly cooked in a claypot accompanied by mushrooms and juicy tender chicken. This dish gives you that distinctive smoky charred flavour that everyone loves!
Halal
Halal
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Milk
No Milk
No Nuts
No Nuts
No Pork
No Pork
Halal
Halal
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Milk
No Milk
No Nuts
No Nuts
No Pork
No Pork
  • Medium
  • 35 min
  • 30 min
  • 20 min
  • 3 steps
  • 13 Ingredients
  • Medium
  • 3 steps
  • 13 Ingredients
  • 35 min
  • 30 min
  • 20 min

Claypot Chicken Rice

An Age-Old Cooking Tradition with a Harmonious Blend of Flavors

In southern states of Kerala, Andra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in India, the traditional cooking pot, known as chatti, is used to cook numerous items from chicken curry and matar paneer masala. These pots are also known as sha guo in China and they can be used for hot pot and steamboat. In Korea, the claypot is called ddukbaegi and is used to serve soup in various Korean restaurants. Known as palayok in the Philippines, these claypots are used to cook various proteins and vegetables.

What is amazing about using a claypot is that it retains moisture in the dish even after being exposed to high heat when cooked. The walls of the pot are able to absorb water to prevent burning and hinder the pot from drying completely. It surrounds the food with steam to give a dish a dynamic explosion of smoky and savory flavor.

Claypots can be used on stove tops, in ovens or over a charcoal fire.

Cooking with a claypot often requires little to no oil at all! As such, food cooked in a claypot is generally lower in fat than food prepared by other methods.

One well-known claypot dish is none other than Claypot Chicken Rice. Regarded as a dinner dish in Southeast Asia (mainly Malaysia and Singapore), this dish encompasses fragrant rice perfectly cooked in a claypot accompanied by mushrooms and juicy tender chicken. This dish gives you that distinctive smoky charred flavor that everyone loves!

Traditionally, Claypot Chicken Rice is cooked over a charcoal stove. However, it can be done in a microwave, too. It makes use of slow-cooking in the claypot and could take up to 30 minutes depending on the amount of ingredients in the claypot.

This dish makes an excellent one-pot dish for a family. It can also be served at a dinner party along with some side dishes.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Claypot Chicken Rice

 

Can I make this dish in a rice cooker?

Definitely, you could easily make this dish using a rice cooker if you do not have a claypot.

On the other hand, regular casserole dishes or pots would not give the same smoky flavor and moisture as a claypot. Claypots are unique in the fact that they are made of glazed or unglazed pottery.

Do I have to cook the rice ahead of making this dish?

No, you would not need to. The rice will be cooked with chicken and other ingredients in the claypot.

However, you would need to soak the rice in water for 30 minutes and drain it before cooking it in the claypot.

What is the difference between rice that has been cooked in a rice cooker and claypot rice?

Tastewise, claypot rice would have a smoky aftertaste. Whereas regular rice would be fluffier than claypot rice.

Can I use brown rice instead of white rice?

Brown rice might be a healthier alternative to white rice, but it would not absorb the flavors from the meats and sauces as well as white rice would.

Then again, if you want more complex carbs in your diet, brown rice is an excellent replacement. Feel free to add more condiments for stronger flavors.

Is Claypot Chicken Rice an easy dish to make?

This dish is beginner-friendly. It does not require too many complex culinary skills. One would only need to be wary of controlling the fire to ensure that the ingredients do not get burnt.

How will I know when the dish is done?

There are some ways you can check the doneness of the dish:

  • the water would be fully absorbed when it is ready
  • chicken pieces should be white when cut
  • shiitake mushrooms could be soft

 

Tips to Cook a Superb Claypot Chicken Rice

  1. Let the ingredients simmer for awhile longer: for more char and crisp on the rice.
  2. Cook on medium to low heat: to avoid burning the ingredients. Cooking at low heat also prevents the rice from sticking to the bottom.
  3. Marinate the chicken for at least 10 minutes (or more): the longer the chicken marinates, the more flavorful it will be once cooked.
  4. Plan ahead: unfortunately, this dish would need a minimum cooking time of 15-30 minutes. Hence, start early if you intend to have this dish for a meal
  5. Reduce the dark soy sauce: if you are watching your sugar intake, you could reduce the amount of dark soy sauce. In fact, you could forgo it entirely and adjust the condiments accordingly
  6. Rinse the dried shrimp well and soak: this helps to remove dirt and soften
  7. Use chicken breast: if you are on a low-fat diet, swap chicken thighs for chicken breast as the latter contains more protein and less fat
  8. Soak the claypot in water for at least 15 min to 2 hours: this brings water to the porous inner surface of the pot, allows the food to steam and prevents it from getting dry

 

Instructions

  1. Marinate chicken

    • In a bowl, mix chicken with garlic, ginger, 2 tbsp light soy sauce and 1 tbsp oyster sauce until chicken is evenly coated.
    • Set aside and leave to marinate for at least 10 minutes


  2. Add shallots, dried shrimps, mushrooms, water and sesame oil

    • In a claypot on medium-high heat, add shallots, drained dried shrimps, sliced shiitake mushrooms, 2 ½ cups water and bring to boil.

    | If you do not have a claypot at home, you can also use this recipe with a rice cooker

     Add shallots, dried shrimps, mushrooms, water and sesame oil


  3. Add rice and chicken to claypot

    • Once boiling, add soaked rice and let it cook, covered, for 8 minutes.
    • After 8 minutes, add in marinated chicken pieces.
    • Cover and let it simmer on medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through


Garnish and Serve!

Remove claypot from heat. Drizzle 2 tbsp dark soy sauce and 1 tbsp sesame oil. Garnish with spring onions and serve hot.

Garnish and Serve!

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