Hainanese-style Steamed Ginger Chicken Recipe

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Isabelle Swan Published: August 23, 2021 Modified: September 28, 2021
Hainanese-style Steamed Ginger Chicken Recipe

Cooking chicken does not have to be high in cholesterol, such as fried or cooked with coconut milk, because it turns out that if it is steamed it is no less delicious. This steamed ginger chicken is similar to Hainanese boiled chicken and is almost always served for Chinese New Year celebrations. Try this at home as a healthy chicken dish!

How To Make Hainanese-style Steamed Ginger Chicken

This Hainan-style steamed ginger chicken makes super tender and flavorful steamed chicken with ginger soy dipping sauce. It's an easy to make dinner for the family.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 15 mins


  • 2.2 lb chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp salt

For Steamed Seasoning:

  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 oz ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp broth powder
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

For Sauce:

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp sweet soy sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  1. Rub the chicken with salt and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

  2. Prepare a large pot filled with water and fitted with a steamer. Heat it up to medium or until steamy and small bubbles form.

Steamed Seasoning:

  1. While waiting, blend together the steamed seasoning ingredients using a blender or mortar and pestle.

  2. Coat the chicken with steamed seasoning. Steam the chicken for 1 hour or until tender and fully cooked.


  1. Heat up a shallow pan to medium. Add oil and saute garlic and ginger until slightly brown.

  2. Transfer the spices to a heat-proof bowl. Add the sweet soy sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Mix.

  3. Cut the steamed chicken and serve with sauce.


  • Calcium: 23mg
  • Calories: 285kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 72mg
  • Fat: 21g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Potassium: 237mg
  • Protein: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Sodium: 3584mg
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 136IU
  • Vitamin C: 3mg
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