Chicken rice is widely considered a national treasure of Singapore. When our foreign friends visit Singapore, we would more often than not bring them to a hawker centre to try a plate of chicken rice. It is also often a spark of major debates about which hawker stall serves the best chicken rice in Singapore. We all have our favourites. I am sure you have one too! Check out our list of the 10 best chicken rice stalls in Singapore and see if yours made the list!
- Award-winning stall
- Popular among tourists and locals
Tian Tian Chicken Rice is perhaps one of the most popular chicken rice stalls in Singapore. A few years ago, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay came to Singapore to battle it out in a chicken rice cook-off, only to lose to the chefs at Tian Tian.
The rice that is served by this stall is extremely fragrant, fluffy, and has the right amount of moisture. It also manages to be flavourful without being overly oily, something that many other stalls in Singapore fail to achieve. As for the chicken, it is equally flavourful, and each piece sports a light glaze of soya and oyster sauce, which adds on to the savoury taste of the dish.
You will sport both tourists and locals in the long queue of this hawker stall at Maxwell Food Centre. From the time it opens its doors for business to the time it closes for the day, the queue is rather consistent. So you have to be patient if you want a plate of this chicken rice by Tian Tian Chicken Rice!
|Address||1 Kadayanallur St, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184|
|Contact Information||9691 4852|
|Business Hours||Tuesday to Sunday: 10 AM – 7.30 PM|
- Pyramid-shaped rice
- Restaurant setting
- Good service
Boon Tong Kee is popularly known for its unique pyramid-shaped rice. This brand in Singapore is popular, and also has multiple outlets across the island. It was established since 1983, and since then, it has been serving its loyal customers wonderful plates of chicken rice.
When you step into Boon Tong Kee, you will immediately be greeted by great service and ambience. This is a restaurant rather than a hawker stall. Each seat is neatly separated from the next and there are even table cloths on the tables at this restaurant. This translates to the price tag, though! At about $6 a plate, Boon Tong Kee’s dish is slightly pricier than average.
The rice that Boon Tong Kee serves is light and not too greasy. You will also be able to taste pandan, ginger, and a balanced amount of chicken fat. The flavourful rice is paired with a generous portion of meat slices that are cut into thick large chunks. This gives the chicken a juicy as well as tender texture. The chicken was also perfectly cooked: it was not too dry.
If you prefer to dine in the comfort of air-con and friendly service, Boon Tong Kee is definitely a good choice! Even though it is slightly pricier, the portions are also considerably larger than average!
|Address||Multiple outlets: See here|
|Contact Information||Multiple outlets: See here|
|Business Hours||Varies: See here|
- Quick service
- Generous portions
- Rich flavours
If you are unfamiliar with the name Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice, it could be because this stall is also popularly known as ‘Katong Shopping Mall Chicken Rice”, because of where it is located! Even with its popularity, this stall serves their customers really quickly. Find a seat and you will rather quickly be served a hot plate of food!
The rice served at this stall is yellow in colour because it is cooked with yellow ginger. This adds to the fragrance of the rice. With your order, you will also get a bowl of cabbage soup, complimentary acha, and pieces of glistening chicken. The chicken pieces are topped with delicious garlic bits which add to the richness of the dish. It is also not too dry! Portions served at this stall are also extremely generous. Some customers are able to share one plate between 2 people!
|Address||Katong Shopping Centre #B1-85/87, 865 Mountbatten Rd, 437844|
|Contact Information||9789 6073|
|Business Hours||Tuesday to Sunday: 10.30 AM – 8 PM|
- Rice balls
- Nostalgic flavours
- Generous portions
If you love the chicken rice balls that are served in Malaysia but are missing it because we are currently unable to travel, the next stall that is featured on this list is for you! Good Year Local Hainanese Chicken Rice Ball, as its name suggest, is one of the only few stalls in Singapore that still serves traditional chicken rice balls. While some of us may be unfamiliar with this, those from the older generation will probably feel nostalgic because these rice balls were really common back in the day.
While the highlight of the stall is its rice balls, the chicken that this stall serves is also decent! It is served in a generous portion and is also doused with just enough sauce for you to enjoy. It is also not too greasy or dry and is cooked to the right consistency. So, for a unique eating experience, be sure to give this stall a try.
|Address||3 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209530|
|Contact Information||8314 0228|
|Business Hours||10 AM – 3 PM, Daily|
- Uses kampung chicken
- Opened by a chicken supplier
Five Star Kampung Chicken Rice is popularly known to use kampung chicken for its dishes. Kampung chickens are chickens that are free to run around. So, their meat is lower in fat and are able to produce a full-bodied flavour. It is also supposed to be wonderfully textured.
When you are first served a plate of Five Star Kampung Chicken Rice’s dish, you may think that the rice will be bland, based on its whiteness. However, the rice is actually very flavourful. It is also cooked perfectly such that it is not too dry or wet.
This restaurant was opened about 30 years ago by a chicken supplier who has great knowledge about chickens. Therefore, you know that what you are eating is of high quality and freshness!
|Address||Multiple outlets: See here|
|Contact Information||Multiple outlets: See here|
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- Good texture
Yishun 925 has been serving its delicious plates of chicken rice to the residents at Yishun for more than 20 years. Situated at a food court near Yishun MRT, this dish is worth travelling to for if you stay far away.
At an affordable price is $3 you get a plate of chicken rice that is delectable. Each grain of rice that is served is separate from the other and is plump and moist. It is, however, cooked to be on the harder side, so for those who love rice that is very soft, this may not be good for you. Some people love rice that is harder though.
As for the chicken, it was steamed to perfection. The best part of it is that the chef retained a layer of gelatinous skin which contributed to the smooth texture of the chicken. The dish is also adequately drizzled with a savoury thin sauce that ties the whole dish together really well.
While its official opening hours is 11 in the morning to 10 at night, we would advice you to go early if you want to have this for dinner, because they sell out early sometimes!
|Address||Yong Yun 81 Yishun Foodcourt #01-249, 925 Yishun Central 1, Singapore 760925|
|Business Hours||11 AM – 10 PM, Daily|
- 50 years of experience
- Simple dish
Not many people have heard of Hua Kee Chicken Rice. However, those who have heard of it will often go back for more! This hawker stall at Redhill has a history of close to 50 years. It began as a trishaw stall in the 1970s! Today, the stall continues to keep things simple and affordable for all to enjoy.
For those of you who love the strong taste of the aroma of chicken fat and oil, this stall is for you. Aside from the taste of chicken fat, there are hints of ginger and onion, which cuts the greasiness and gives this dish an overall balance.
As for the chicken, the natural flavour of fresh chicken shines. Without too much sauce, you are able to enjoy the fresh, soft, as well as moist chicken that this stall serves up. They are thickly sliced so you get a good chunk of meat with every bite. The layer of fat that the chef leaves onto the chicken adds to the overall texture and flavour of the dish too.
Unfortunately for those who would love to eat this for dinner, this stall closes at 3 PM. So, head down for breakfast or lunch instead!
|Address||85 Redhill Ln, Singapore 150085|
|Business Hours||Tuesday to Sunday: 8 PM – 3 PM|
- Wide variety of food
- Chicken cooked perfectly
- Quick service
Chin Chin Eating House is known to serve a wide variety of cheap, affordable, as well as homely dishes that make a great family meal. It serves more than just chicken rice. However, many customers head to the eatery just for its chicken rice!
This eatery is also widely known for its efficiency. You usually will be served a plate of hot chicken rice in less than 10 minutes. The chicken rice at Chin Chin Eating house sports a plate of chicken that is cooked perfectly. This also means that it may be considered a tad red for some customers. However, there are many people who applaud the stall for the doneness of their chicken!
The rice that is served is far from dry. It is well cooked in the grease of the chicken, which results in fragrant and oily rice that is extremely addictive. You may very well ask for a second serving of rice!
|Address||19 Purvis St, Singapore 188598|
|Contact Information||6337 4640|
|Business Hours||11.30 AM to 9 PM, Daily|
- Moist rice
- Ice cold chicken
Ming Kee Chicken Rice is no stranger to those living around the Bishan area. If this is the first time that you are hearing of Ming Kee Chicken Rice and you are keen to pay them a visit, be prepared to queue for at least 40 minutes for a plate of their chicken rice.
This popular stall serves up a single portion of chicken rice at an affordable price of $3.50. Each rice grain was fluffy, soft, and moist. While the rice was extremely fragrant and moist, the star of the chicken rice at Ming Kee Chicken Rice has got to be the chicken.
Ming Kee Chicken Rice’s chicken pieces are well-known to be served cold. This is because the chef will dunk the chicken into a large tub of ice and will only take them out from the tub when it is time to chop it up for serving. This results in a juicy chicken that is cold and refreshing. The chicken is topped with a delicious soya sauce and portions were very reasonable.
|Address||511 Bishan Street 13, #01-522 Kim San Leng Coffee Shop, Singapore 570511|
|Business Hours||Wednesday to Sunday: 10 AM – 9 PM|
- Not too oily
- Fluffy rice
- Serves char siew pork as well
Located in the Bras Basar area, Leong Yeow Famous Waterloo St. Hainanese Chicken Rice is an affordable option for those around the area to get their chicken rice fix. The stall with close to 50 years of experience is rather popular, so you would have to queue before you get to enjoy a plate of their chicken rice. The stall also serves char siew pork, which many customers rave about too.
The chicken is steamed to perfection. It is soft, tender and extremely fragrant from the thin layer of soy sauce that it is topped with. It is also not too oily, making it go perfectly well with the fluffy rice that is served along with it.
The soup that this stall serves also deserves a mention. The stall owners boil their own with rich ingredients such as winter melon and chicken feet! All in all, the dish is well-balanced and it will definitely fulfil your chicken rice cravings!
|Address||270 Queen St, #01-49, Singapore 180270|
|Business Hours||11 AM – 8PM, Daily|
Clearly, the stalls that are mentioned above are all well-liked by many Singaporeans. Many of them sport snaking queues made up of loyal customers. Did your favourite stall make the list? If not, don’t be mad! Taste is subjective! Tell us in the comments if you agree with this list, and if not, share with us which chicken rice stall in Singapore should make it to this list! If you are craving for other local delights, check out our guide to the best carrot cake stalls in Singapore, or the best fish head curry places in Singapore!
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