Our rice cooker recently broke and in my attempt to be frugal and use what we have, I decided that it shouldn’t be too difficult to cook rice on the stove. Boy, was I wrong! My first attempt turned out perfectly and I figured I had a knack for cooking perfect rice (really it was just beginner’s luck!). My last 5 attempts (all while using different methods and water ratios) have all turned into mushy rice…yuck! My husband said that there had to be some way to use mushy rice. I disagreed immediately after seeing the white, mushy, and unappetizing mound of rice. I told him to toss it and he said to give it a chance.
My husband scoured the Internet for different recipes and ideas for mushy rice. He told me he was going to make a rice soup. Didn’t sound too exciting to me…but he was going to make dinner and I wasn’t going to argue with that ☺️
The end results? An amazingly delicious, good for the soul soup that had me wanting seconds! In Asian cultures it is called “Congee” which is translated as rice porridge.
Ginger Chicken Congee
- Cooked “Mushy” Rice–4 cups
- Chicken Stock–4 cups
- Water–1 cup (add more if needed for consistency)
- Minced ginger–1 teaspoon (if desired, add more to taste)
- Garlic–finely minced, 1 tablespoon
- Fish sauce (Gluten free)–3 tablespoons
- Gluten free Soy sauce–2 tablespoons
- Ground Black Pepper–1 teaspoon (if desired, add more to taste)
- Gluten free breaded chicken (optional but makes it extra tasty!)–1 1/2 cups (We got ours from Costco and it is called Authentic Asian Chicken Tatsuta-Age. Use this or any other kind of Asian style oven baked chicken. Or better yet, make your own!)
- Green onions (thinly slicing them makes them extra good!)–1 stalk to garnish
Add chicken stock, water, minced ginger, garlic, fish sauce, gluten free soy sauce, and black pepper on stove in large pot. Mix all together and bring to boil. Then add the rice. Break down the rice with a wooden spoon as needed. Don’t allow rice to stick to the sides or the bottom of the pot. Bring down heat to low-medium, and stir occasionally, until creamy. Serve into a bowl. Add chicken or other meat on top. Garnish with green onions. Enjoy!