Step aside chicken noodle soup, here comes the Instant Pot chicken congee!
Congee, also known as Jook, is a rice porridge that has thousands of years of history in the Chinese culture. It’s the ultimate “feel good” comfort food that we crave for when we’re not feeling well or when it’s cold. You’ll definitely feel an instant soothing effect with a good warm bowl of congee.
There are endless variations on how you can customize congee, but chicken congee has to be one of the most popular congee of all. There’s just something about the chicken congee that makes it extra comforting to eat.
There’s really no one right way to make congee, as regional preferences vary from super watery to super thick. For us, we like our chicken congee to be slightly thick. But most importantly, each spoonful of congee must be filled with fragrant chicken flavors with tender pieces of chicken. Yum 😀
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¾ cup (173 g) Jasmine rice (using standard 250 ml cup)
6.5 - 7 cups cold water (using standard 250 ml cup)
5 – 6 chicken drumsticks
1 tablespoon ginger, sliced into strips
Green onions for garnish
Salt to taste
Rinse 173g (3/4 standard cup) of rice in the pot under cold water by gently scrubbing the rice with your fingertips in a circling motion. Pour out the milky water, and continue to rinse until water is clear. Drain well.
Add ginger, 5-6 chicken drumsticks and 6.5 - 7 cups of cold water (using standard 250 ml cup) into the pot. Do not add salt at this point. (The ratio is 1 cup rice to 9 - 9.75 cups of water)
Close the lid immediately and cook at high pressure for 30 minutes + Natural Release in an Electric Pressure Cooker.
Open the lid carefully. The congee will look watery at this point.
Heat up the pot (Instant Pot: press Sauté button), stir until desired thickness & consistency. Season with salt.
Use tongs and fork to separate the chicken meat from the bones (they literally fall off the bone) and remove the chicken bones and skin (if desired).
Remove congee from heat and garnish with green onions.
You can easily customize the congee by adding toppings like crispy garlic, fried shallots, roasted salted peanuts, soy sauce, fish sauce, etc.