Recipe: Chinese Clay Pot Chicken Rice (煲仔雞飯)

My husband loves clay pot chicken rice and when we were living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we used to go out to the surrounding coffee shops which served them. Usually they were cooked over a charcoal stove and this indeed gave this dish a distinctive flavour; a good smoky fragrance with some burnt crust at the bottom.

If you do not have a clay pot and would like to cook this dish, do not fret, I have an earlier post on Claypot Chicken Rice cooked in a conventional rice cooker that you can use.

Today I would like to share with you this dish which I have cooked in a clay pot over a stove. Sorry, can’t cook it over a charcoal stove because don’t have one! 🙁 But it still tastes much better than cooking in the conventional rice cooker. If you do not have a clay pot at home and are considering buying one, a sand clay pot is highly recommend. Its unglazed porous clay bottoms will impart a good smoky fragrance. Since I already have a glazed clay pot, I use it to cook mine and it still smells and tastes so good.

This is a great one-pot dish and it is not too time consuming to cook. Can you smell the smoky aroma coming from my kitchen? Dinner is ready!!

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Serve 3 to 4 pax

Ingredients for marinating chicken:

350g skin on deboned chicken thigh or 500g skin on bone in chicken thigh

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons Chinese wine

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed ginger juice

1 teaspoon salt

100ml water

Ingredients for rice:

2 cups of jasmine rice

2 – 2 ½ cups of homemade chicken stock

Other ingredients for the clay pot rice:

1 – 2 sticks of Chinese waxed sausages (Lup Cheong)


Some salted fish (optional)

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

4 pieces of Chinese mushrooms (optional)

Ingredients for garnishing:

Spring onions (diced)

2 pieces of red chillies (cut)

1 tablespoon dark sauce

Ingredients for the sauce:

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon Chinese wine

1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

Some white pepper


  1. Cut the chicken into bite sizes then rinse and drain well.
  2. Put the chicken into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients for marinating the chicken and mix well.
  3. Leave the chicken to marinate for at least an hour or more. (I left mine in the fridge for a couple of hours.)
  4. Pour some hot water over the Chinese waxed sausage(s) and leave it (them) in the water for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Drain the sausage(s) and slice it (them) into thin slices and set aside.
  6. Soaked the mushrooms in some hot water till soft.
  7. Drain and slice the softened mushrooms then set aside
  8. 10 to 15 minutes before cooking your rice, take the marinated chicken out of the fridge.
  9. Then mix the sliced mushrooms into the marinated chicken.
  10. Heat up the clay pot then put in some oil and brown the sliced salted fish. If you are using “Mui Heong” salted fish you can skip this step. Dish up and set aside.
  11. Pour in the 2 cups of stock (or water) into the heated pot.
  12. Add the 2 cups of rice into the pot and cover to cook over low flame for about 6 to 8 minutes or till all the liquid is almost absorbed by the rice.
  13. Open the lid of the pot and put the marinated chicken pieces and mushrooms on top of the rice. Lay them on one single layer to ensure that the meat is cooked evenly.
  14. Add the sliced sausages on top and the slices of salted fish into the pot.
  15. Before covering the pot, when I find that my rice is too dry I will add another 2 to 3 tablespoons and let it cook for another 10 to 12 minutes.
  16. Now prepare the sauce. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  17. After about 10 minutes of cooking, open the lid and drizzle in the sauce.
  18. Cover and let it cook for another 2 minutes or so and depending on the strength of fire and type of pot, the timing may vary. But it is easy to check and see if the meat is cooked.
  19. Once it is cooked, turn off the fire and remove the pot away from the heat.
  20. Before serving, drizzle the dark sauce, garnish with diced spring onions and cut red chillies.
  21. When eating, give the rice a stir first and if you like the crusted rice you can scoop some from the bottom of the pot.


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Hi! My name is Josephine Go. I blog at in a segment called Mummy’s Kitchen. I love to use fresh and natural ingredients in my cooking to promote healthy eating. Some of my recipes may not be in line with the traditional methods of cooking to the extent that some of the ingredients are different, but hopefully new recipes are being created in my style. I certainly hope that what I do will help guide kitchen first-timers on how to cook their first meal as well as further equip kitchen veterans with new recipes. My loving husband and two wonderful children are my best guinea pigs and critics. They have enjoyed (or endured) the food that has been served to them for all these years. Mind you, I did not know how to cook or ever knew that I could cook till I got married. So there is hope for everyone. If I can cook, you can cook. You will not know how good or talented you are until you put your hand in the plough.

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