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Ginger Chicken and Steamed Jasmine Rice

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If you are looking for a new, exciting recipe to change-up your chicken repertoire, you will love this Ginger chicken and steamed jasmine rice.  It will take you to the island of Japan with all the flavors of sake, ginger,  garlic and soy sauce.

Ginger Chicken and Steamed Jasmine Rice

This is a sponsored post from Uncommon Goods who has provided this beautiful rice cooker and steamer that has been designed and handcrafted from stoneware pottery. 

To cook with this steamer it is placed on top of a regular saucepan that is half-filled with water.   As the water in the saucepan boils the hot steam travels up a chimney that is built into the steamer and the food is cooked in a closed system.  It is a very unique and clever design that has been modeled after the clay pots in China’s Yunnan province. 

Ginger Chicken and Steamed Jasmine Rice

There is so much flavor in this amazing ginger chicken dinner.  The chicken thighs marinate a couple of hours in a mix of garlic, ginger root, spicy peppers, and saki that adds huge flavor while also tenderizing the chicken.  We simmered the chicken on the stovetop in a combination of ingredients, including that flavorful marinade.  

 Jasmine rice is always a favorite in any Asian dish and it goes so well with this chicken dinner.  It is so yummy with the sauce spooned over the top, soaking into every bite of rice.

Ginger Chicken and Steamed Jasmine Rice

I love the taste and tenderness of this ginger chicken and the jasmine rice is so fragrant and fluffy but it is the sauce that pulls this all together for an incredible taste experience. 

Ginger Chicken and Steamed Jasmine Rice

There is a secret ingredient that adds a rich, intense essence to the sauce.  That ingredient is tahini paste!   Just a couple tablespoons of this toasted, ground sesame seed paste adds a complex interplay of flavors that is full of deliciousness when it is spooned over the ginger chicken and steamed jasmine rice. 

Ginger Chicken and Steamed Jasmine Rice

We served this ginger chicken and steamed rice with a side of sautéed baby Bok Choy, but crisp snow peas or gai lan leaves (Chinese broccoli) would be good choices as well. 

This recipe will serve four hungry people but there will be enough rice left to make excellent fried rice for another day. 

Ginger Chicken and Steamed Jasmine Rice

Ginger Chicken and Steamed Jasmine Rice

Our recipe for ginger chicken and steamed jasmine rice combines chicken thighs in a marinade of ginger root, garlic, saki and soy sauce, then simmered in broth, creating a smooth light sauce. A touch of tahini paste is added for a unique flavor. The sauce is served over the chicken and the steamed jasmine rice and garnished with lime wedges, cilantro and sliced red pepper.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 663kcal
Author: Pat Nyswonger


For the marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons grated or minced ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons grated or minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup saki
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 small red pepper sliced into thin rings

For the Chicken:

  • 4 chicken thighs skin on
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with cold water
  • Sliced green onions and red peppers for garnish
  • Cilantro sprigs for garnish
  • Lime wedges for garnish

For the Rice:

  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


For the Marinade:

  • Add the grated ginger root, garlic fish sauce, soy sauce, saki, honey and red peppers to a 8x8x2-inch dish, mixing to combine well. Add the chicken thighs, turning to coat both sides. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

To Cook the Chicken:

  • Add the oil to a large skillet set over medium heat and when it is hot but not smoking, lift the chicken thighs from the marinade, allowing the excess to drip back into the dish. Arrange the chicken thighs skin side down in the skillet. Strain the marinade through a fine mesh strainer and reserve. Discard the solids.
  • Brown the chicken thighs for 3-5 minutes, then turn and brown them for another 3 minutes. Transfer the browned chicken to a plate and add the reserved strained marinade and the chicken broth, stirring to blend well. Return the chicken to the skillet and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, partly covered for 20-25 minutes or until an instant thermometer reads 165°F.

For the Rice:

  • While the chicken is cooking, measure the rice into a mesh strainer, rinse the rice under cold water until the cloudy water becomes clear. Transfer the rinsed rice to a medium size saucepan with a tight fitting lid. Add the water and the kosher salt. Bring the saucepan to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Fluff and reserve until ready to serve.
  • When the chicken is fully cooked, transfer them to a serving plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Bring the liquid in the skillet to a boil and cook for 5 minutes to partially reduce in volume. Adjust the heat to medium and whisk in the tahini sauce and the cornstarch/water. Cook, while continuing to whisk, for another minute or two and the sauce just coats the back of a spoon, and is a smooth light sauce.

To Serve:

  • Mound 3/4 of a cup of rice to the middle of each individual plate and arrange a chicken thigh on each mound. Spoon some of the sauce on the chicken thighs, garnish with sliced green onion and red pepper rings. Add a sprig of cilantro and a lime wedge to each plate and a side vegetable if desired.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 663kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 2882mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g

Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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Kathi @ Laughing Spatula

Thursday 28th of April 2016

What a fabulous rice cooker! I am the worst rice cooker ever...such a pot stirrer :). Your photo's are amazing and this looks delicious!


Thursday 28th of April 2016

Hi, Kathi....Thanks, I love this steamer and the chicken is delicious. :)

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