Bacon and chicken spicy congee with quinoa! Have you heard of such a dish? This recipe uses a pressure cooker and is quick and easy.
The ultimate comfort food
I think of congee as the ultimate comfort food. It’s also relatively cheap if you use a few cheap cuts of meat and it’s filling.
I broke a tooth last night gnawing some meat off a beef short rib. I need soft food. This congee is a perfect soft food. It's also a perfect comfort food.
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 1 cup White quinoa
- 200 grams Chicken thigh fillets
- 2 rashers Streaky bacon broken up
- 1 litre Tap water
- 1 packet French onion soup mix Sodium reduced
- 1/2 head Cabbage sliced
- 1 piece Star anise
- 1 splash Soy sauce
In the vessel of a pressure cooker add the rice, quinoa and water and then stir
Add the chicken and bacon and stir through
Add the packet of French onion soup and stir through
Add the cabbage and stir through
Add the star anise on top
Close the pressure cooker chamber and set to cook for 30 minutes
Release the pressure once cooked and remove the lid
Stir the congee and break up the chicken meat while stirring
Aliquot into containers for lunch at work
Serve the remainder into a shallow bowl, add the soy sauce and garnish with parsley
Shoot a photograph
Eat the meal
Clean the dishes
Start to feel quite full after the huge size of the bowl of congee eaten and feel a bit thirsty too
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long should you cook congee in a pressure cooker?
I’ve been asked this a few times. I don’t have a mathematical formula. What I know is that for a full chicken, Mum used to cook it for anywhere between 45 and 60 minutes. I figured for 200 grams of chicken thigh meat and some bacon, 30 minutes would be fine. In fact, I think next time I will try 20 minutes to see if there is any difference.
Do you have to use a pressure cooker?
No, not at all. In fact, I like making congee in a slow cooker too. It’s basically the same recipe except you put it in a slow cooker for 6 hours.
What other meat can you use?
Almost any meat you like although I’m not sure how fish would go. Vegetarians can use tofu if they like.
Do you have a slow cooker variation?
Yes, I do. Slow cooker pork quinoa congee.