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a brown bowl of congee with a wooden spoon in it with green onions and chili oil on top

Chicken Congee

Chicken congee is basically tasty spoonfuls of rapid boiled rice flavored with chicken stock, seasonings and a variety of condiments.
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 315kcal


  • 1 cup long grain white rice rinsed well until water runs clear
  • 12 ounces chicken thighs sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 green onions cut in 1" pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt use additional salt is using unsalted broth - taste first
  • ½ teaspoon MSG
  • Chopped green onions for serving
  • fried garlic for serving
  • Fresh cilantro for serving
  • Chili crisp for serving
  • 8 cups chicken stock

Chicken Marinade:


  • Combine the chicken marinade ingredients in a bowl, add the sliced chicken, then mix to fully coat. Set aside while preparing the remaining ingredients.
  • Bring the chicken stock to a boil and add the rice.
  • Boil for 25 minutes, partially covered.
  • After 25 minutes, use a whisk to to whisk the rice and break it up into a porridge-like substance.
  • Add the chicken slowly and bring back to a boil.
  • Add the remaining seasonings, adjust salt to taste and serve garnished with fried garlic, green onions, cilantro and chili crisp (optional)


  1. Whisk the rice briskly as this is what will help it break apart and become a congee.
  2. If you use unsalted broth, you may need to add additional salt to taste.
  3. The MSG can be omitted, but you may need to add extra salt to taste if you omit it.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 586mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg