Chinese Ginger Congee (Rice Porridge)

Marsha Gardner


I wasn't feeling up to par today and I wanted something soothing to eat so my husband made some Congee for me. It is the ultimate comfort food in China and is so easy to digest when you have an upset stomach. It was so good that I am having another bowl for dinner tonight. Our Chinese exchange student from Hong Kong introduced this to us and we have been making it ever since.


★★★★★ 1 vote



  • 6 c
  • 4 c
    chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 lb
    bone in chicken thighs or legs, skin removed
  • 1 c
    jasmine rice
  • 1 inch
    piece ginger sliced
  • 2 tsp
    kosher salt or to taste or 2-3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • pinch
    freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    cilantro, coarsely chopped, for garnish
  • 2
    scallions, thinly sliced for garnish

How to Make Chinese Ginger Congee (Rice Porridge)


  1. Place all ingredients except the cilantro and scallions in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook at a lively simmer, stirring occasionally, until the rice has completely broken down and the mixture is creamy, about 1 hour.
  2. Turn off the heat and remove the chicken to a cutting board. When it’s cool enough to handle, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces, discarding the cartilage and bones. Return the chicken shreds to the congee. Stir to combine, taste, and season with additional salt and pepper as needed. Ladle into bowls and top with cilantro and scallions.
  3. NOTE:
    This is a recipe that may be added to or subtracted from and made with what is on hand. Pork may be substituted for the chicken and hard cooked eggs are often sliced and added. Chinese black mushrooms are sliced and added as well.
  4. In China Congee is often eaten with salted duck eggs, lettuce and dace (Cirrhinus chinensis - Chinese mud carp) paste, bamboo shoots, pickled tofu, wheat gluten, with other condiments, meat or century eggs.

Printable Recipe Card

About Chinese Ginger Congee (Rice Porridge)

Show 4 Comments & Reviews

Five Delicious Ways to Satisfy a Cheese Craving

Five Delicious Ways to Satisfy a Cheese Craving

Is cheese a food group? Like pizza, I think it should be. In my mind, cheese makes everything better. If you agree, here are five delicious ways you can satisfy your cheesy craving. The ultimate way to eat cheese is in macaroni and cheese. Jane Kear (Edmond, OK) shared her recipe for 8 Cheese Baked […]

11 Easy Fish Taco Recipes

11 Easy Fish Taco Recipes

For all our fellow taco-lovers out there, you need to check out these recipes. Not only is fish a healthier option for Taco Tuesday, but it also helps switch things up. Plus, there are so many options! From beer battered to grilled to pan seared, fish tacos are a delicious addition to your taco rotation.

16 Quick-Fix Winter Dinner Ideas

16 Quick-Fix Winter Dinner Ideas

Dinners in under 60 minutes! For those nights where you need to get dinner on the family ASAP, these quick-fix dinners are here to help. Who says that homemade delicious meals require hours to make? These yummy, family-friendly dinners only need an hour from start to finish. Scroll down for classic recipes, new dinner ideas, […]