Steam Kampong Chicken (Whole)

Steam Kampong Chicken, also known as “Free-Range Chicken,” is a revered zi char delight celebrated for its pure and natural flavors, as well as its wholesome appeal. This dish showcases a whole kampong chicken, renowned for its lean meat and distinct texture, expertly steamed to preserve its authentic taste and tenderness. The emphasis on minimalistic seasoning highlights the chicken’s innate flavors, making it a preferred choice for those who appreciate the unadulterated essence of the ingredients. Loved for its simplicity and connection to traditional culinary practices, Steam Kampong Chicken has secured its place as a sought-after zi char favorite, offering a genuine and satisfying dining experience that resonates with discerning palates. 

Why do people like Steam Kampong Chicken (Whole)

People enjoy Steam Kampong Chicken (Whole) for many reasons. First and foremost, the kampong chicken used in this recipe has a unique flavour that sets it apart from other chicken breeds. The meat is lean and tender, with a rich taste that is not overpowering. This allows the natural flavours of the chicken to shine through, making for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Secondly, steaming the chicken helps to retain its moisture and nutrients, making it a healthier alternative to other cooking methods like frying or roasting. This is especially important for those who are health-conscious and looking for ways to eat healthier without compromising on taste. 

What You Need For Your Steam Kampong Chicken (Whole):

 Making Steam Kampong Chicken (Whole) yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 1 whole kampong chicken (approximately 1.2-1.5kg) 
  • 2-3 slices of ginger 
  • 2-3 stalks of scallions 
  • Salt, to taste 
  • 1 tsp sesame oil 
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine (optional) 
  • Water, as needed

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 4-6

How To Cook Steam Kampong Chicken (Whole)

Step 1

Clean the chicken thoroughly and pat it dry with paper towels. Rub salt all over the chicken, inside and out.

Step 2

Stuff the cavity of the chicken with ginger and scallions. Tie the legs together with kitchen twine to keep the stuffing in place.

Step 3

Place the chicken on a heatproof plate that fits into a steamer basket or pot. Add water to the steamer or pot and bring it to a boil.

Step 4

Once the water is boiling, carefully place the plate with the chicken into the steamer or pot. Cover the steamer or pot with a lid and steam the chicken for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until fully cooked. Check for doneness by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C) to ensure that the chicken is fully cooked.

Step 5

Once the chicken is cooked, carefully remove the plate from the steamer or pot. Pour the juices from the plate into a bowl and mix in sesame oil and Shaoxing wine (if using). Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve immediately.

Serving Steam Kampong Chicken (Whole) with Other Dishes 

Steam Kampong Chicken is a versatile dish that pairs well with a variety of sides. Some popular options include stir-fried vegetables like choy sum or bok choy, steamed rice, and soup like hot and sour soup or wonton soup.

For a more traditional Singaporean meal, you can serve the chicken with Hainanese chicken rice. This dish is made by cooking rice in chicken broth and serving it with a variety of sauces like chilli sauce and ginger sauce.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Lean Protein: Kampong chicken is known for its relatively lean meat, making it a valuable source of high-quality protein that supports muscle maintenance, growth, and overall body functions. 
  2. Natural Flavors: The emphasis on minimal seasoning and the steaming cooking method allows the natural flavors of the chicken to shine, providing a simple and authentic culinary experience. 
  3. Low Fat Content: Kampong chicken generally has less fat compared to commercially raised chicken, which can be beneficial for those aiming to manage their fat intake. 
  4. Essential Amino Acids: The chicken’s protein content offers essential amino acids necessary for various bodily functions, including immune support, wound healing, and hormone regulation. 
  5. Nutrient Density: Chicken is rich in essential nutrients like B vitamins (B6, B12, niacin) and minerals (selenium, phosphorus), which play vital roles in energy metabolism, cell health, and immune function. 
  6. Niacin for Cardiovascular Health: Niacin, present in chicken, supports heart health by helping to manage cholesterol levels and promoting good circulation. 
  7. Low Carbohydrate: Steam Kampong Chicken is naturally low in carbohydrates, making it a suitable choice for individuals looking to moderate their carbohydrate intake. 
  8. Hydration: Steaming helps retain moisture in the chicken, contributing to its succulent texture and potentially aiding hydration. 
  9. Balanced Meal Component: When paired with a variety of colorful vegetables or whole grains, Steam Kampong Chicken can be part of a balanced meal that provides a diverse array of nutrients. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Steam Kampong Chicken (Whole) without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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