Congee is a savory rice porridge often served for breakfast in China. Here, we simplify it by using boneless, skinless chicken thighs cooked with rice in a slow-cooker for a super comforting set-it-and-forget it dinner. Pick and choose from as many toppings as you like to dress up each serving.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 3 small dried red chiles, such as Thai or chile de arbol
  • 1 (3″) piece ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Cubed avocado, lime wedges, cilantro, sliced jalapeƱo, sliced scallions, chopped roasted, salted peanuts, chili oil, fish sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce, and/or crispy fried shallots (for serving; choose as many as you like)

PREPARATION

  1. Place chicken, stock, rice, chiles, ginger, garlic, and salt in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 8 hours.
  2. Remove chiles and ginger. Stir, breaking up chicken into bite-size pieces. Divide congee among bowls. Serve with an assortment of toppings alongside.

Cooks’ Note:If you prefer to use brown rice, you can substitute an equal part of brown rice for the white and add 2 hours to the cooking time in the slow cooker. The texture will not be quite as smooth as the white rice version, but it’s still delicious.

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