Anna's Family Kitchen was inspired by my love of food and desire to feed my family healthy, home cooked wholesome meals that are beautifully presented and appealing but don’t require hours of prep in the kitchen.

Asian One Pot Roast Chicken

As you know, I love any family meal which can be cooked in one pot. This meal was inspired by a chat Tom and his friend Fred had at school about their favourite foods. I love that they discuss food!! I’m not sure I did that aged 12! Anyway, Fred said it was a chicken and rice dish he’d eaten whilst living in Asia called Hainanese Chicken and Tom came home and said he wanted to try making it. Hainanese Chicken I have learned is Asian street food. The chicken is poached (making it look a bit grey 😕). This is my spin on it and ok, like many of my adaptations it’s not 100% authentic but the chicken isn’t insipid and it was really really tasty. Having patted the chicken with soy, sesame oil and five spice we half poached, half roasted it (so you get crispy skin) and then the rice was cooked in stock in the same pan. Finally we added broccoli and peas but green beans or pak choi would work as well.

Serves: 4

Prep: 5 minutes
Cooking: 90 minutes
Total: 95 minutes

Difficulty: easy



1 large chicken
1 onion sliced into three disks
Bunch spring onions
5 cm ginger
1 tsp Five Spice
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
300g rice
500ml chicken stock
300g broccoli
100g peas

Place the onion disks in a casserole or try and sit the chicken on top.

Season and sprinkle with the Five Spice then drizzle over the soy and pat on the Sesame Oil.

Take the tops off the spring onions. Remove the green leaves and put them in the cavity. Chop the ginger into 4 and put those in the cavity too.

Add 300ml water to the pan and roast for 1 hour at 200 degrees.

Add the rice around the chicken, pour in the stock and return the pan to the oven for 15 minutes.

Slice the white parts of the spring onions.

Add the veg and sliced spring onions to the pan and a splash more water or stock if the rice looks like it’s drying out. Put the pan on the hob for 8 minutes stirring regularly until the veggies are cooked.


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