Chicken Congee (Gai Jook) – A Chinese Comfort Food by Jax
I have many memories of my Mom making me chicken congee when I was growing up. To this day, it remains one of my favorite comfort foods. Also, this is the perfect food to make for any children adopted from China. Unless they are so young that they are only eating formula, I guarantee that they will have had it in China.
2 cups white rice (Any kind is fine but not sweet)
2 32 oz boxes chicken broth (that should be 8 cups of chicken broth)
2 cups water (may need more but depends on whether you want thick or thin congee)
a few inches fresh ginger, minced (about ¼ of a cup if possible)
2 bunches green onion, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs chicken meat, cooked and shredded
salt to taste
dash sesame oil
1. Prepare the chicken in advance. Either shred the cooked chicken or cook about 2 lbs of any type of chicken any way you want and shred it. I like using chicken thighs and sautéing them in a pan and then seasoning them a little bit with Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, salt, and pepper.