Chicken Rice is considered to be one of the most popular dishes amongst Singaporeans and even around the region. However, according to ladyironchef, chicken rice ranks number 5 in the list of 10 unhealthiest Singaporean hawker foods with the most calories. 
This tantalising plate of chicken infused “goodness” consists of 607 Cal which is one quarter of the daily average 2000 Cal diet requirement for many.
Other than chicken rice calories being on the high side, the sodium and fat content are areas of concern as well.
Rather than entirely avoiding, we will share some subtle ways to make this delicacy healthier.
Nutrition Information (Per Serving)
- Energy: 607 Cal
- Protein: 25 g
- Total fat: 23 g
- Saturated Fat : 8.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 75 g
- Dietary fibre: 2 g
- Cholesterol : 47 mg
- Sodium : 1287 mg
How to Make Your Hawker Chicken Rice Healthier
The objective is to lower the chicken rice calories, fat and sodium content, while increasing it’s dietary fiber and protein. Firstly, choose chicken breast as this contains the most lean protein with the least calories and fats.
To reduce the fat intake, remove the skin. Go easy on the gravy, or totally avoid it to reduce fat and sodium intake. Avoid drinking the soup base as this is high in sodium content as well.
To increase the overall fiber intake, consider requesting for more cucumber slices or even order up a side of boiled vegetables / bean sprouts.
How to Make Healthier Chicken Rice From Home
Other than the above mentioned methods, such as using chicken breast meat, and reduced gravy to reduce chicken rice calories, fat and sodium content.
Do consider substituting the chicken oil infused rice with either white rice or brown rice instead.
Serve up a healthy bowl of low sodium, vegetable soup to go along with the dish.
You may also be interested in reading our guide on hawker food calories.