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Chicken Rice Congee

Chicken Rice Congee is a comforting, warm soup with shredded chicken, tender rice, carrots, and ginger. The perfect cure for those under-the-weather days.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Entree, Soup
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 349kcal


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 5 cups water
  • salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper corns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cups cooked rice (steamed)
  • 1 thumb-size ginger, sliced and pounded


  • In a large pot, In small, heavy-bottomed pot, arrange chicken breasts in a single layer. Add water, salt, peppercorns, and bay leaf.
  • Bring to a boil, skimming scum that floats on top. Lower heat, cover, and cook in a barely a simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or until thermometer inserted in the thickest part of chicken reads 165 F.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove chicken from heat and allow to cool to touch. Coarsely shred chicken and keep warm. 
  • Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain liquid. Discard aromatics and reserve about 4 cups of the broth.
  • In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. When Add onions, garlic, celery, and carrots. Cook, stirring occasionally until softened.
  • Add reserved broth (from poaching chicken) and bring to a boil.
  • With hands, break rice into individual grains. Add to pot and stir to distribute.
  • Add ginger.
  • Lower heat, cover, simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 30 to 40 minutes or until the rice has softened and the congee has thickened to desired consistency. 
  • Add shredded chicken and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes or until heated.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle to serving bowls and garnish with green onions, if desired.


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1780IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.9mg