Chicken Rice is a national dish that can be found almost anywhere and you can have it at almost any time of the day. It has been a debatable subject for there are people who like their chicken roasted while some like them poached—or for lack of a better term, white.
Some even argue that grated ginger and dark sweet soy sauce are necessary condiments that have to be stirred in together with the chilli while others prefer having them separately. Whichever method you prefer, the fact still stands that chicken rice is a dish that bears timeless appeal and can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.
For us, we believe that good chicken rice requires 3 things: fragrant rice, tender chicken and most importantly, a flavourful chilli sauce. Here are 10 best chicken rice stalls in Singapore that fit all 3 of these criteria.
Boon Tong Kee is an immensely popular chicken rice food chain with 8 outlets in Singapore. Rich in history and consistent in quality, this restaurant chain has established a strong customer base for its high-quality chicken rice. Among its outlets, Boon Tong Kee at Balestier Road is chosen as the best one.
Boon Tong Kee in itself may not rank as the top chicken rice stalls in Singapore—at least not in our books anyway—but it sure does satisfy our cravings nonetheless and make for a great place to take your expat friends for their first taste of authentic chicken rice.
Boon Tong Kee
399, 401 & 403 Balestier Road
Tel: +65 6254 3937
*Mon to Sat: 11am – 4.45pm
5.30pm – 4.30am
Sun: 11am – 4.45pm
5.30pm – 3am
Nearest Station: Toa Payoh
(Boon Tong Kee has multiple outlets)
At Chye Kee Goldhill Roasted Chicken Rice, the display counter comprises rows of beautifully roasted chicken, char siew, pork belly and duck. This place is always packed even before lunchtime, so we suggest that you should be there early to beat the lunch crowd.
We ordered a plate of both their roasted chicken and pork belly (S$6.80)—since those we were the only 2 items left post-lunchtime. We opted for the chicken breast but were not disappointed because the meat was tender and the skin boasted a subtle yet delightful roasted note, which we finished within minutes.
Chye Kee Goldhill Roasted Chicken Rice
No. 151, Thomson Road, #01-151,
Goldhill Shopping Centre,
Tel: +65 9143 4147
Mon to Sat: 8am – 7pm
Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Station: Novena
Many people would immediately think of Malacca when it comes to the iconic chicken rice balls, but what if we told you that it could be found in Singapore as well? Nestled within Shing Boon Hwa Food Centre at Dickson Road, just opposite Sim Lim Tower, lies Hainan Chicken Rice Ball, which specialises in both steamed chicken as well as chicken rice balls.
The rice was a bit sticky and not as oily as your typical chicken rice, which is similar to the texture of a rice dumpling. It was packed with lots of flavours and the stickiness of the rice grains added an interesting textural experience, which made us pleasantly surprised.
Hainan Chicken Rice Ball is a good alternative that we highly recommend if you are craving chicken rice balls without having to travel all the way to Malacca.
Hainan Chicken Rice Ball
3 Dickson Road,
Daily: 10am – 3pm
Nearest Station: Rochor
Photo Credit: Hua Kee Chicken Rice
HUA KEE CHICKEN RICE
Hua Kee Chicken Rice over at Redhill serves up one of the most tender and delicious poached chicken around, and exuding a beautiful fragrance to top off the experience is a bed of their fluffy and fragrant steamed rice. Their chilli is what keeps us coming back for more because of how addictively flavourful it is. Not overly fiery with adequate seasoning and good tang.
Be prepared to queue for more than 30 minutes if you are there during lunchtime but we guarantee you that it will be worth the wait.
Hua Kee Chicken Rice
85 Redhill Lane
Redhill Food Centre #01-72
Wed to Sun: 8.30am – 2pm
Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Nearest Station: Redhill
KAMPONG CHICKEN HOUSE
As its name suggests, Kampong Chicken House serves delicious and healthy kampong chicken. The difference between kampong chicken and regular chicken is that they are bred in a kampong setting–meaning that the chickens themselves feed on anything from bugs, vegetation and seeds, and are given the freedom to roam about without being confined to cages.
The meat might be a little bit tough due to the way they are being reared but at Kampong Chicken House, their meat is leaner and sweeter in comparison, which makes it a healthier choice.
Kampong Chicken House
263 Upper Thomson Road
Tel: +65 6456 0698
Daily: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Marymount
Adjacent to the popular Serangoon Garden Food Market lies Poh Poh Roasted Chicken and Duck Rice. This modest stall may not be on par with other popular chicken rice stalls in Singapore, but it sure did not disappoint our hungry stomachs either.
The roasted chicken was tender, succulent and extremely flavourful and the thigh portion was an absolute treat given how extra tender it was compared to the breast meat. Furthermore, the stunning chilli sauce that comes along with the whole dish is spicier than your usual chicken rice chilli sauce, which adds a delightful kick to the overall dish.
Poh Poh Roasted Chicken & Duck Rice
49A Serangoon Garden Way
Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre
Mon to Sun: 8am – 8pm
(Closed on Thursdays)
Nearest Station: Serangoon
POW SING RESTAURANT
Established in 1983, Pow Sing Restaurant at Serangoon Gardens is known for their traditional Hainanese chicken rice and various Nyonya dishes. We have been patronising Pow Sing Restaurant for years and our experience has always been very satisfying.
Their Hainanese chicken is fragrant and tender, which goes well with their soft, fluffy and aromatic chicken rice. By pairing the spicy chilli sauce with some grated ginger, it definitely completes the entire dish.
Pow Sing Restaurant
59/63/65 Serangoon Garden Way
Tel: +65 6282 7972
Daily: 9.30am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Lorong Chuan
No one will deny that Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of the most famous chicken rice stalls. Even celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain has praised them for their fragrant and delicious rice that we dare say is good enough to be eaten on its own.
It is probably Singapore’s most famous chicken rice stall, appearing in several food guides and many TV shows. While the household name has a pretty extensive list of local clientele, the number of tourists visiting the stall has definitely surpassed locals over the years, with tourists from all over the world queuing up at their flagship stall at Maxwell Food Centre for a plate of their yummy Hainanese chicken rice.
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
1 Kadayanallur St
#01-10/11 Maxwell Food Center
Tel: +65 9691 4852
*Tues to Sun: 11am – 8pm
Closed on Monday
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer
(Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice has multiple outlets)
WEE NAM KEE
Founded in 1989, Wee Nam Kee is best known for their Hainanese dishes, especially its flavourful chicken rice. Originally located near Novena Church, this long-established brand has expanded and they now have 4 branches.
The poached chicken is juicy and tender, and you just know that their chicken is boiled in chicken broth for hours because the taste speaks for itself. It is sliced and served alongside aromatic steamed rice, zesty chilli sauce and a fragrant bowl of chicken broth which makes the whole meal complete.
Wee Nam Kee
101 Thomson Road, #01-08
Tel: +65 6255 6396
Daily: 10.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Novena
(Wee Nam Kee has multiple outlets)
YISHUN 925 CHICKEN RICE
Yishun 925 Chicken Rice is hard to miss thanks to the long queues that form up outside the stall during lunch hours. However, having operated for more than 20 years now, they have mastered the way to tackle massive crowds so that you will not have to wait long before you get a table.
The meat here is cooked to perfection with a coat of soy sauce that makes every bite mouthwatering. And the best part? All the chicken meat comes deboned for hassle-free consumption.
Yishun 925 Chicken Rice
5 Jalan Legundi
(Opposite Sembawang Shopping Centre)
Tel: +65 6481 0208
Mon to Sun:11am – 10pm
Closed on every Thursday
Nearest Station: Yishun
(Yishun 925 Chicken Rice has multiple outlets)