I crave this Chicken and Ginger Congee every time I start feeling a bit sick. It is incredibly nourishing, comforting and delicious. It's easy to make - it just requires one pot and some patience while it simmers.
I woke up this morning and couldn't think of anything I wanted to eat (say, what?). The other day, I had a really bad headache and grouched my way through the day. The next day, I had bad body aches and shuffled around at home. On the third day, I was tied to the couch and mostly slept.
Today I'm on path to recovery(!), but the only thing I can get myself to eat is congee.
Congee is also known as rice porridge, jook, zhou, xi fan, or even gruel, but I'm going to stick with calling it congee because that's what I called it growing up.
There are many varieties of congee, but in its simplest form, it is rice boiled in a large amount of liquid until it softens and starts to break apart.
Chicken and Ginger Congee is incredibly comforting
Chicken and Ginger Congee is one of those dishes that I start craving whenever a cold, the flu or general moodiness hits me. It is so comforting, like the fuzzy blanket I am hidden under while I type this post in my pajamas. And like the blanket, congee will warm you right through and make you feel safe and sound.
Because it is so simple in its most basic form, congee is perfect when you are sick. It's also easy on the stomach and hydrating because of the large amounts of water used to cook it. And to top that all off, it is so easy to make for yourself even if you are tied to the couch with a box of tissues.
Chinese rice porridge can be eaten anytime of the day, but today, it was perfect for breakfast, or rather, brunch.
It takes about one and a half hours to stew, because you want the rice to become fully cooked and broken down. There is a lot of liquid in this recipe because you want it to be hydrating, soft, and nourishing.
I used brown rice, but it can be made just as easily with white rice. There is a bit more chew to it with brown rice, and it takes a little bit longer.
If you want to make quick congee, try this Instant Pot Congee Recipe. It only takes 30 minutes cooking.
If you want to use a slow cooker, try this Chicken Congee with a Slow Cooker. Simply set and forget, then enjoy!
Chicken and Ginger Congee is easy to make
You can also vary the toppings, but I kept it simple today with just chicken and ginger. Some recipes will call for chicken broth, but I used only water and actual chicken thighs to get my essence of the chicken (that's what I call the magical healing powers of chicken soup)!
I hope you weren't looking for a Chicken and Ginger Congee Recipe because you are feeling sick, but if that is the case, I really hope this comforting recipe warms you right up.
Hopefully you'll be on the mend in no time!
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- 1 cup long grain rice (white or brown)
- 8 cups water
- 6 chicken thighs (bone-in)
- 1 piece of ginger about 1 inch by 1 inch (2.5 cm by 2.5 cm) - peeled and sliced into large pieces
- salt - to taste
- scallions - for garnish
- Rinse and drain the rice. Pour the rice into a heavy stock pot (a cast iron pot works great).
- Add in the water, ginger and chicken thighs.
- Bring the pot to a boil then immediately turn down the heat. Allow the pot to simmer, covered, for 1-1 ½ hours, or until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid and has started breaking apart. It will take white rice about 1 hour, and brown rice about 1 ½ hours.
- Remove the chicken thighs into a bowl and allow to cool. When the chicken thighs are cool enough for you to handle, shred the meat and remove the bones.
- Add the shredded chicken back into the congee and mix well.
- Add salt, if desired.
- Serve the congee into individual bowls and garnish with green onions, if desired.
The best recipe for this I have found. Delicious and so easy to make. Thankyou, I have been making this a regular meal. Keep your recipes coming!
Yum, such a great recipe, thank you! I was sceptical of the water ratio but it worked out perfectly. Delicious and so simple!
It was great! Delicious too.
This was an unexpected delight! I have a feeling this will become a go to meal in my house. Thank you for this delicious recipe!
Has anyone tried this in slow cooker? I have done this recipe several times in the oven, but want to use the slow cooker. I don't see why it wouldn't work, but open to suggestions.
Not made it yet, but i will this weekend.
After that i will make the others i read about.
I love the short time to make it.
I make congee at least twice a month using the 1:8 ratio but I chop up 2-3 thighs and add them 15 minutes before the cook-time is finished (longer cooking just makes them tasteless) . I also add a couple handfuls of dried shitake mushrooms at the same time.
Serve with a heap of grated ginger*, chopped scallions**, two sliced hard boiled eggs*** and sea salt.
* I grate the ginger ahead of time in a small food processor and freeze in a ziplock bag. Just wash and grate, no need to peel. **The scallions are either kept fresh in the fridge in a glass with water covering the roots and a baggie covering all or chopped and frozen in a ziplock. If either are frozen in a block, I just tap the outside of the bag with a rolling pin. ***Finally learned the secrets of hard boiled eggs: room temp (just leave on the counter after buying); ladle into boiling water; ten minutes; ladle into bowl of running cold tap water; after 15-30 seconds! when cool enough to handle; roll on counter under palm; shell slides off.
Tina Jui says
Thanks for all those tips!