Slow Cooker Chicken Congee

Top this traditional Chinese breakfast with a fried egg for a burst of energy.

Slow cooker chicken congee
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 10 mins

In the world of kitchen disasters, overcooked rice is a common one. Thankfully, when it comes to this classic Chinese dish, you’re actually encouraged to cook the rice until it falls apart and becomes a soupy porridge, perfect for a comforting dinner or breakfast (as it’s traditionally served).

Making this congee recipe in the slow cooker not only allows for hands-off cooking but also infuses the coconut milk base with even more flavor. Suggested toppings include cilantro and Sriracha, but almost any savory element tastes great on top—roasted mushrooms, a fried egg, and even sliced avocado would all be equally at home here.


  • 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (about 1 lb.)

  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice

  • 1 13.66-oz. can coconut milk, well shaken

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 3-in. piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 bunch scallions, 2 sliced, remaining left whole

  • Cilantro, roasted peanuts, toasted coconut, sriracha, and lime wedges, for serving


  1. Place chicken, broth, rice, coconut milk, garlic, ginger, sugar, salt, and whole scallions in a slow cooker; stir to combine.

  2. Cover and cook until chicken is falling off the bone and rice has a porridge-like consistency, 8 hours on low or 5 hours on high.

  3. Discard ginger and scallions. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and shred meat; discard skin and bones. Stir chicken back into rice mixture.

  4. Top congee with sliced scallions, cilantro, peanuts, coconut, and sriracha. Serve with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

412 Calories
21g Fat
31g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 412
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 554mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 25g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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