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Vietnamese Chicken Rice Porridge - Chao Ga

Chao Ga is classic Vietnamese comfort food ready in 20 minutes. Pressure cooked to perfection, this chicken rice porridge (chicken congee) is ready to warm up your soul.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Vietnamese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Natural Steam Release 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 Bowls
Calories 201kcal
Cost $8


  • Pressure Cooker



  • Wash and strain the jasmine rice in water until it runs clear (around 2 - 3 times). Drain.
    1 cup jasmine rice
  • Add in the chicken, fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and black pepper.
    250 g rotisserie chicken, 1 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 4 tsp garlic, 2 tsp ginger, ½ tsp black pepper
  • Pour in the chicken stock.
    5 cups chicken stock
  • Give everything a quick stir to make sure the rice is mixed through with the seasonings.
  • Pop your lid on your pressure cooker. Cook on high for 20 minutes, before allowing a natural steam release (around 10 minutes). Note: Carefully and slowly release any leftover steam; starchy dishes can cause the steam to splutter more than other pressure-cooked dishes.
  • Give the congee a final stir, before serving and topping with your favourite garnishes. Add more water here for a thinner consistency.
    crispy fried shallots, spring onion / green onion, sesame oil



  • Storage - Congee freezes really well. Portion out into airtight containers and keep in the fridge for a few days or directly into the freezer.
  • Add Flavourings Last - For a simplified congee, only add in the ginger with the chicken and rice. Then add your flavourings after serving for a more personalised meal.
  • Thinner Consistency - To thin the congee, simply add an extra 1/2 cup of water at a time. Stir through before adding more, and serve once you reach the desired consistency. Reheat on sauté / low in the multi-cooker if required.
  • Swap Out the Protein - This dish works just as well with white fish such as mackerel or flake, or you can use shredded or minced pork or beef.
  • Make a Vegetarian Congee - Use tofu instead of chicken, vegetable stock instead of chicken stock and miso paste instead of fish sauce.


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg