Instant Pot Chicken Congee

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Make this warm and comforting Instant Pot Chicken Congee (Savory Rice Porridge, Jook) using 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of active working time. No stirring and no mess to make this one-pot savory Asian rice porridge (gruel).

Instant pot chicken congee served in a bowl.
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About Instant Pot Chicken Congee

Congee, also known as jook is a savory Asian rice porridge. It has been a part of Chinese households and other Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam, etc., for years now, and due to its easy process and impeccable taste, it is making its place worldwide.

It is the perfect comfort food you want to have on days when you are not well or when it’s cold outside.

Traditionally, congee was made in a pot over the stovetop and requires constant stirring and monitoring, but this Instant Pot Chicken Congee recipe is a deal-breaker.

It is creamy, warm, and loaded with umami flavors. Once you try this one-pot no-mess instant pot congee recipe, you will never return to another method.

Making congee in an instant pot (electric pressure cooker) is easy. There is no extra cleaning, no burnt bottoms, no extra utensils to wash, just one pot, and your super comforting meal is ready in minutes.

There is no babysitting the pot, which means so much time is saved.

Serve this dairy-free and gluten-free dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, topped with your favorite toppings for a hearty meal. I have mentioned some topping ideas in the post below.

I made this comforting dish in my 3-quart instant pot. If you want to double the recipe, then use a bigger pot. The cooking time will remain the same.

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Ingredients

Jasmine Rice – White Jasmine rice is traditionally used to make congee. It is flavorful and cooks to become creamy and silky smooth. You can use any short-grain white rice with high starch content to make this porridge if it’s unavailable.

You can use brown rice instead of white rice, but the liquid-to-rice ratio and cooking time will differ.

Chicken – Chicken gives a lovely flavor to this dish. I like adding chicken drumsticks as the bones release a lot of juice into the congee, making it very delicious. You can use boneless chicken breast or thighs, too.

You can skip adding chicken for a vegan congee (vegetarian version).

Garlic and Ginger – Add some fresh ginger and garlic to flavor the chicken congee recipe.

Salt – Season the chicken congee with a little salt.

You can cook the congee in vegetable broth (vegetable stock) or chicken broth (chicken stock) to make it more flavorful.

Add some white pepper powder or black pepper powder for a spicy kick.

How To Make Instant Pot Chicken Congee

Rinse 1 cup of Jasmine rice with water and add it to a 3-quart Instant Pot.

Rinsed rice dded to instant pot.

Stir in

  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 chicken drumsticks
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 teaspoon salt
Ginge, garlic, chicken, salt and water added to the pot.

Close the lid of the pot and set the valve to the sealing position.

Lid closed.

Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 10 minutes at high pressure.

Timer set to 10 minutes.

Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally. It will take 10-15 minutes.

Note – Do not try to manually release the pressure as the congee is very starchy and may foam and clog the pressure release valve. Be patient and let the pressure release naturally.

Once all the pressure is released, open the lid of the pot.

Lid opened.

Add the remaining 2 cups of water and stir well.

Remaining water added to the pot.

Take out the chicken drumsticks using a tong or a spatula and shred them using a fork. Discard the bones.

Taking drumstick from the pot.
Shredded chicken meat.

Return the shredded chicken to the instant pot and mix the congee well with a ladle.

Chicken returned to the pot.

Add some more water or stock if the congee is too thick for your liking.

Press the SAUTE button and cook for 2-3 minutes until the congee bubbles.

Check for salt and add more if needed.

Transfer hot congee to the serving bowls and top with your choice of topping. Serve hot.

Ready instant pot chicken congee.

Congee Toppings

Congee can be topped with a variety of ingredients. Choose the ones that you like.

  • Soft-Boiled Egg
  • Crispy Fried Onions and Ginger Juliennes
  • Fried Garlic
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Chopped Garlic Chives
  • Dried Shrimps
  • Chopped Celery
  • Chopped Scallion (Green Onions)
  • Chili Oil, Sesame Oil
  • Roasted Peanuts
  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Fish Sauce, Oyster Sauce, or Soy Sauce (Use coconut aminos or tamari for gluten-free)
  • Crispy Bacon
  • Sriracha
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make vegetarian instant pot congee?

To make it vegetarian, skip adding chicken and add mushrooms and spinach instead to this Chinese rice porridge.

How to make chicken congee in a pot over the stovetop?

Add all the ingredients to a pot to make the congee on the stovetop. Cover and cook on low heat for 45-50 minutes. Keep stirring at regular intervals. Adjust the consistency by adding more water.

Can I make jook recipe in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can. Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker. Cover and cook for 12 hours on low heat or 6 hours on high heat. Remove the chicken drumsticks and shred them. Add the shredded chicken back to the slow cooker and mix well. Top with toppings and serve.

Storage Suggestions

Congee can be refrigerated in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Reheat in a microwave or a pan over the stovetop. Add some water while reheating if it has thickened.

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Make this warm and comforting Instant Pot Chicken Congee using just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of active working time. No stirring and no mess to make this one-pot savory Asian rice porridge (gruel).
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Easy Instant Pot Chicken Congee Recipe (Rice Porridge, Jook)

Make this warm and comforting Instant Pot Chicken Congee (Savory Rice Porridge, Jook) using just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of active working time. No stirring and no mess to make this one-pot savory Asian rice porridge (gruel).
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup uncooked white Jasmine rice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 2 chicken drumsticks
  • 8 cups water (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
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Instructions 

  • Rinse rice with water and add it to a 3-quart Instant Pot.
  • Stir in garlic, ginger, chicken drumsticks, 6 cups of water, and salt.
  • Close the lid of the pot and set the valve to the sealing position.
  • Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 10 minutes at high pressure.
  • Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally. It will take 10-15 minutes.
  • Note – Do not try to release the pressure manually as the congee is very starchy and it may foam and clog the pressure release valve. Be patient and let the pressure release naturally.
  • Once all the pressure is released, open the lid of the pot.
  • Add the remaining 2 cups of water and stir well.
  • Take out the chicken drumsticks using a tong or a spatula and shred them using a fork. Discard the bones.
  • Return the shredded chicken back to the instant pot and mix the congee well with a ladle.
  • Add some more water or stock if the congee is thick for your liking.
  • Press SAUTE and cook for 2-3 minutes until the congee starts to bubble.
  • Check for salt and add more if needed.
  • Transfer the congee to the serving bowls and top with your choice of topping. Serve hot.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

If Jasmine rice is not available, you can use any short grain rice with high starch content to make this porridge.
You can replace some of the water with chicken or vegetable stock to amp up the flavor.
To make it vegetarian, skip adding chicken and add mushrooms and spinach instead.
I made this recipe in my 3-quart instant pot. If you want to double the recipe, then use a bigger pot. The time of cooking will remain the same.
Topping Ideas – Congee can be topped with a variety of ingredients. Choose the ones that you like.
  • Soft Boiled Eggs
  • Fried Onions & Ginger Juliennes
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • Garlic Chives
  • Dried Shrimps
  • Celery
  • Scallion
  • Chili Oil
  • Roasted Peanuts
  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Fish Sauce or Soy Sauce
  • Crispy Bacon
  • Sriracha

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 33mg, Potassium: 74mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 9IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg
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