Looking to try out the famous chicken rice dish in Singapore? Here are some of the best chicken rice shops in town!
TOP 1 Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
The famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice has many accolades under its belt. Besides being voted as the best chicken rice stall in Singapore by readers of the ieatishootipost food blog, its popularity was also validated by late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain who reportedly said that “the chicken rice is so fragrant and delicious that it can be eaten on its own”. It was listed in the Michelin Bib Gourmand since 2016, and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay famously took on the Hawker Heroes Challenge in 2013 where he ‘lost’ to Tian Tian in the cook off.
The fragrant rice with just the right texture and the perfectly cooked chicken that is cooked through but the flesh remains tender and flavourful are what makes Tian Tian’s Hainanese Chicken Rice hard to beat.
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-7:30pm, closed on Monday
TOP 2 Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice
Established in 1989, Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice has blossomed into a food chain with four outlets in Singapore as well as overseas branches in Indonesia, Philippines, Korea and Japan. Diners have raved over the rice tat’s exceptionally fragrant and chicken cooked to the right doneness. The mouthwatering side dishes and fried rice has also received considerable praise from patrons. Wee Nam Kee has received several hawker awards and people’s choice awards, cementing its position as one of the best chicken rice in Singapore.
Address: 1101 Thomson Rd, #01-08 United Square, Singapore 307591 (Novena outlet)
Opening hours: 10:30am-10pm daily
TOP 3 Boon Tong Kee
With more than 8 outlets around Singapore, Boon Tong Kee is a popular chicken rice chain among both locals and tourists. It has earned a loyal following with its consistently high quality food. The chicken rice is always fragrant and flavourful, and the chicken is always smooth and tender be it white chicken or fried chicken. The accompanying soy sauce, chilli paste and ginger paste are perfect complements to the chicken rice, making it a satisfying meal.
Address: 399 401 & 403 Balestier Road, Singapore 329801 (Balestier branch)
Opening hours: 11am-4:30am daily
TOP 4 Chatterbox
Chatterbox is famous for being the priciest chicken rice in Singapore. Even so, it is also one of the best. It has been in operation since Mandarin Orchard Singapore opened in 1971, and it has been whipping up sets of its signature Mandarin Chicken Rice in the luxurious setting of the 5-star hotel. Expect generous portions of juicy chicken meat, fragrant chicken rice cooked in a concoction of chicken broth, pandan, garlic and other herbs, and flavourful soup. The three condiments of chilli paste, ginger paste and soy sauce served in separate bowls are guaranteed to bring the flavour up to another level. Many diners have remarked that the Mandarin Chicken Rice is worth the price tag. Give it a try to find out!
Address : 333 Orchard Road, Level 5 Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Singapore 238867
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-2am
TOP 5 Sinn Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice
Unlike the long-established chicken rice shops with decades of experience, Sinn Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice is helmed by a millennial. Chef Derwin is so passionate about chicken rice that he learnt the ropes from a master before perfecting the recipe on his own. He even created his own unique way to poach chicken using a metal cylinder tool such that the meat can be evenly cooked at a lower temperature and the chicken breast will not be hard and dry. It proved to be a success as the chicken breast is tender and juicy, and the roasted chicken is as tender as the poached chicken even with skin that is fried to a slight crisp. The chicken rice here is such that every grain is distinct and leaves no trace of oil, hence it is one of the least oily chicken rice around.
Address: 275 Thomson Rd, #01-03, Singapore 307645
Opening hours: 11am-9pm daily
TOP 6 Jew Kit
Established in 1992, Jew Kit has been serving authentic Hainanese chicken rice for more than 2 decades. They also serve many local zi char Chinese dishes such as prawn rolls, sweet and sour pork and stir fried vegetables. On top of the fragrant rice and tender chicken meat, the addictive chilli sauce is a factor that woos diners to patronise again and again. They have 2 outlets – Bukit Timah and Killiney.
Address : 170 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #B1-16/17/18 Shopping Centre, Singapore 588179 (Bukit Timah outlet)
Opening hours: 10:00am-9:00pm daily
TOP 7 Loy Kee Best Chicken Rice
Loy Kee is another distinguished chicken rice brand in Singapore. Established in 1953 by Mr Loy, a Chinese immigrant from Hainan, the chicken rice recipe used here is both authentic and refined. The Loy Kee Special Sets come with rice, soup, condiments and either steamed chicken or roasted chicken. The chicken porridge which was one of the pioneer items sold when the stall was first established is also worth a try. Complement your chicken rice meal with side dishes such as fried tofu, fried wanton, Hainanese beef stew and Hainanese braised pork.
Address: 342 Balestier Road, Singapore 329774
Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily
TOP 8 Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice
Although it is tucked inside the basement of Katong Shopping Centre, you can always spot a long queue at Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice, which is a strong testament to the quality of chicken rice served here. The chicken rice here is markedly different from the usual ones you can find in hawker centres, in a good way. The tender and juicy chicken is not only drizzled with a fragrant soy sauce and sesame oil but also topped with fried garlic which immediately elevates the flavour profile. The soup is one cut above the usual bland soup as it is boiled with cabbage and the chicken bones that are left over after extracting the meat for the boneless chicken rice, which makes for a very flavourful soup. A portion of achar (pickled cucumber, carrots and other vegetables) is complimentary with each plate of chicken rice and provides for a refreshing twist to the chicken rice dish that can be heavy. Coupled with an affordable price, it is not hard to understand the constant long queues formed at the stall. The soup and achar is also free flow!
Address: Katong Shopping Centre basement food court, 865 Mountbatten Road, Singapore 437844
Opening hours: Tue to Sun: 10.30am – 8pm (Closed on Monday)
TOP 9 Tong Fong Fatt
With around 20 outlets in hawker centres islandwide, Tong Fong Fatt is a familiar name when it comes to chicken rice. Apart from the flavourful rice and tender chicken expected of good chicken rice stall, Tong Fong Fatt sets itself apart from other chicken rice stalls with its signature blend of sauce which took years to perfect and made from more than 10 ingredients. Pairing the scrumptious sauce, ginger paste and chilli paste with the chicken is guaranteed to cause a flavour explosion in your mouth. It is also noteworthy that the ginger paste is simmered with a fragrant oil, making it extra tasty.
Address: many outlets islandwide (in hawker centres)
Opening hours: varies according to outlet, best to go during usual lunch and dinner times
TOP 10 Five Star
Five Star is the only restaurant in this list that serves Hainanese chicken rice using kampong chicken (free range chicken), which is more lean than farm-raised chicken. The chickens are carefully selected before being cooked in the Hainanese style to preserve its natural goodness. Besides chicken rice, Five Star also serves a variety of Chinese zi char dishes which are highly popular with patrons. Its 3 outlets open till past midnight so this makes for a perfect place to grab supper too!
Address: 419 River Valley Road, Singapore 248318 (River Valley outlet)
Opening hours: 11am-2am daily
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